McDowell Environmental Center

MEC Hiring Information

"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me." - Fred Rogers

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MEC Environmental Education Instructor (Seasonal)

About this position:

Currently hiring for Fall 2023, August 24-Dec 15!

We staff new Seasonal Instructors each Fall and each Spring school semester. We welcome applications year-round for the upcoming season.

Come help us share our 1,140 acres of forests, streams, waterfalls, and canyons in northwest Alabama with groups of students from all over the Southeast. Work with the students to foster a sense of community as well as an appreciation, understanding, and responsibility for our environment. Students of the McDowell Environmental Center come from a variety of backgrounds and visit our Center for two, three or four-day programs. These students are mostly 3rd-8th grade students, but can range from 2nd-12th grade.

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

Work with a team of passionate and friendly individuals from all across the country. Work week is Monday-Friday with all weekends off. Building a strong and cohesive team is a cornerstone of our program. Two weeks of paid staff training provided, as well as a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the season.

General Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a demonstrated respect and affinity for children and a desire to help them learn and grow in an outdoor environment.

  • Have the following characteristics: enthusiasm, maturity, initiative, sense of humor, flexibility and team spirit.

  • Be familiar with the outdoors and environmental issues.

  • Possess or obtain certifications in CPR and First Aid.

  • Be 21 years or older.

  • All employees will undergo a background check once hired.

Employment Details:

  • All instructors have fully furnished private bedrooms, shared bathroom, access to community kitchen, living room, laundry machines, and large porches with rocking chairs.

  • $350 per week paid twice a month (bi-weekly)

  • Discount on Alabama Folk School Craft and Music Classes

  • Access to multiple industry pro deals

  • Full use of camp facilities when not in use by groups (climbing wall, pools, canoes, hiking trails)

If interested, email a cover letter, resume and three professional references to mecdirector@campmcdowell.org.

Camp McDowell does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.