Current Openings:

Part-time Nature Educator, R.E.A.P. program based (see dates below


Primary Function:

Under the supervision of the Director of Schrader Environmental Education Center, the Nature Educator is responsible for the presentation of environmental education and interpretation programs for various audiences, mainly the 6th grade Regional Environmental Action Program (R.E.A.P.) program that runs September 11-October 20, 2017.

There may also be opportunities to present youth and family programming, the 5th grade REACH program, other field trips, in-schools, outreach, and special event programs, and Saturday Scavenger Hunt programs.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Minimum two years coursework in environmental or elementary education, natural sciences, or related field. Teaching experience in formal or nonformal setting a plus.
  • CPR/AED and first aid certification.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s license.
  • Must have some knowledge or experience pertaining to pedagogy, wildlife, natural history, and local flora and fauna.


Required Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of interpretation, environmental education and/or outdoor education best practices
  • Ability to articulate in both oral and written form, to a variety of age groups
  • Proven problem solving skills
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of software programs


Typical Duties:

  • Instruct and participate in Regional Environmental Action Program (R.E.A.P.) program, including but not limited to lesson planning, facilitating educational activities for student groups of up to 25 students, and program evaluation and revision.
  • Maintain indoor and outdoor classroom areas, including set-up and clean-up of materials for daily activities.
  • Complete the work of the department in accordance with the general policy, aims, and objectives of Oglebay Institute.
  • Communicate job-related issues and/or the need for assistance with job-related issues to the SEEC Director or Assistant Director.
  • Interact with the public with a cheerful and positive attitude, solve guest’s problems and complaints in an appropriate manner and maintain harmonious working relationship with fellow employees.
  • Attend in-service training and staff meetings as required.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate written and oral reports as requested; follow written and oral instructions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Physical Requirements:

  • Walking: while maintaining trails and grounds over uneven terrain
  • Talking/Hearing: to communicate with staff, program participants and the public
  • Seeing: to obtain visual information in the field and in written material, to drive a vehicle
  • Sitting: to attend meetings; to drive a vehicle Reaching: to write at desk, to retrieve files or manuals
  • Pulling and pushing: to operate drawers, doors; to move equipment
  • Stooping and crouching: to retrieve files at lower levels; while in the field to inspect plant material
  • Must be able to operate machinery and equipment necessary to complete tasks
  • Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds up to 50 feet.


Cognitive Considerations:

  • Must exhibit good problem solving abilities, be flexible, organized, and creative.
  • Must have the ability to direct and supervise participants. Must be able to establish rapport with persons from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.
  • Must be able to exhibit good judgment, tact, and courtesy in dealing with the public and fellow staff.
  • Must display the necessary initiative and dependability to work independently or in a group.



Educators are responsible for set-up, presentation, clean-up and evaluation of assigned programs. There are no minimum hours per week; will not exceed 35 hours per week.

R.E.A.P. program sessions include the weeks of September 11, 18 & 25, October 2, 9 & 16, and training will be scheduled before the first program session. There may be other teaching opportunities available after the R.E.A.P. program concludes.

Closing date: August 18.


To apply:

For details, questions, and to apply: Contact SEEC Director Molly Check via email or call 304-242-6855.

About Oglebay Institute:

OI is a 501(c)3 organization located in Wheeling, WV. Since its founding in 1930, OI has been successful in serving the residents and visitors of the Upper Ohio River Valley by providing quality programming in five discipline areas: environmental education; performing arts; regional history interpretation; visual arts; and dance. These program areas and the facilities in which they reside, are supported by centralized administrative, finance, marketing, and development departments.

OI serves a wide geographic service area that includes Northern West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. More than 90,000 individuals participate in the organization’s programming annually; nearly half of participants are children.


Director of Administrative Services
Oglebay Institute
1330 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

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