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Education Associate

Pisgah Forest, NC
  1. At least 5 years experience in designing and implementing environmental education programs to various ages in a classroom or nature center/nature preserve or similar setting.
  2. Minimal amount of marketing and website development experience.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills with experience giving presentations to large groups or potential partners and CFAIA Board of Directors.
  4. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint applications.
  5. Ability to work closely with the Director of Education and Campground Managers to provide updated information and quality programming.
  6. Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians, Piedmont and aquatic ecosystems.
  7. Willingness to provide support to CFAIA staff, volunteers, hosts, etc.
Employed by:                            Director of Education
Responsible to:                         Director of Education

Purpose of Job:  To ensure the education mission of the CFAIA by administering educational opportunities through the CFAIA to the general public and beyond.  To create awareness of the natural world and National Forests through outreach, hikes, The Pisgah Field School, partnerships with local agencies and individuals and updated information boards in campgrounds and recreation areas.

Detailed Responsibilities 

  • Conduct programming at Davidson River Campground as the environmental educator from Memorial Day through Halloween.  This includes creating program flyers, meeting with Campground staff, organizing education supplies and working with the Director of Education to provide quality programming on each weekend during the above timeframe.   
  • Serve as Assistant Director for The Pisgah Field School, which includes conducting tours, budgeting, marketing and strategic planning for each PFS season.
  • Explore potential for environmental education outreach at local schools and beyond.

CFAIA Presence

  • Designing, cleaning and updating information boards in all CFAIA/Forest Service Campgrounds.  This includes posting new information and working with campground staff to ensure boards are orderly and all prices, dates and information is accurate.
  • Work with Education Specialists to ensure all program flyers are up to date and accurate and give help whenever needed.
  • Create a CFAIA presence at festivals, workshops or other public event opportunities when possible.
  • Website updates and optimization as needed
  • Offering assistance to CFAIA, Campground and Cradle of Forestry staff when needed.  This may include office work, logistics, programming or marketing.
  • Assistance with any live animal exhibits at the Cradle of Forestry.
  • Work with the Director of Education on new Cradle of Forestry exhibits.
  • Any marketing ideas as needed. 

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