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Now Hiring: Program Coordinator!!!

  • This position works closely with our visiting teachers, providing logistics and support for them before their trip, coordinating with them during the trip, and planning their next visit to the McDowell Environmental Center. You'll also be part of the team responsible for seasonal staff training and management, curriculum development and maintenance, and marketing and outreach to help bring our program to learners across the state of Alabama. Interested candidates must have a bachelor's degree or higher, experience in environmental education, and administrative/support experience. We expect you to have an affinity for children, a desire to be outside (and to bring that passion to everyone you meet), to take initiative and work independently, to be organized, and to work well in a collaborative team environment.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to

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Share our 1,140 acres of forests, streams, waterfalls and canyons in northwest Alabama with groups of students from all over the South. Work with the students to foster a sense of community as well as an appreciation, understanding and responsibility for the environment. The students, mostly grades 4 - 8, come from a variety of backgrounds and visit our Center for two, three or four day programs.

Teach engaging, hands-on classes in the great outdoors, i.e., forest ecology, map & compass skills, earth science, aquatic ecology, Native American history, canoeing, team building and high ropes. Adapt the established lesson plans to match your teaching style and strengths. Assist with program development. Lead recreation and evening programs such as fishing, field games, arts & crafts, campfire songs, astronomy, and live animal programs .

In order to succeed in this position, you must have a demonstrated respect and affinity for children and a desire to help them learn and grow in an outdoor environment. The following characteristics are essential: enthusiasm, maturity, initiative, sense of humor, flexibility and team spirit. Instructors need to be familiar with the outdoors and environmental issues, have a Bachelor's degree (or higher) and possess current certifications in CPR and First Aid (Wilderness First Aid/First Responder is preferred). All employees will undergo a background check once hired.

Arrangements and Salary

Fall season positions run late-August to mid-December and Spring season positions run early-February to mid-May.

Compensation includes: $290 per week + room and board. Extra perks include: Single occupancy rooms, with shared kitchen, living room, laundry room and screened porches. Staff who return for multiple seasons receive a graduated compensation package and opportunities for leadership and growth in the field.

If interested, email a cover letter, resume and three professional references to or by mail to Trish Smrecak, McDowell Environmental Center Director, 105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 33578.

For more information, email Beth at or call (205) 387-1806 ext. 109.