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Job Announcement: Environmental Educator, Blandy Experimental Farm

04/18/2018 8:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

University of Virginia

Blandy Experimental Farm

The State Arboretum of Virginia

JOB TITLE: Environmental Educator; full-time

LOCATION: Blandy Experimental Farm, a University of Virginia field research station

REPORTS TO: Director of Education

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Blandy Experimental Farm (Blandy) is a 700 acre University of Virginia biological field research station located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, associated with the Department of Environmental Sciences. The State Arboretum of Virginia, occupying the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm, is a system of gardens, tree collections, natural habitats, and open space dedicated to teaching the public about the natural environment.

Blandy is a mid-Atlantic regional leader in environmental education, designated as a Center for Environmental Education Excellence by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Our preK-12 programs draw inspiration from Blandy’s active science research program, align with Virginia’s Standards of Learning, and strive to immerse students and their teachers in authentic, field-based learning experiences. Our programs are dynamic and innovative; recent program additions focused on career awareness and the integration of science with mathematics, language arts, and social science/history. On an annual basis, approximately 7000 students engage in our preK-12 programs and 300 teachers participate in our professional development workshops. Our summer camps and youth and family programs serve approximately 100 youth each year. These youth programs encourage an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and environmental issues.


The University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia seeks a full-time Environmental Educator to instruct outdoor education programs for preK-12 students (fall and spring) and to develop and present summer and winter programs designed for youth and family audiences. This position is split between our formal education programs (60%), under the direction of the Director of Education, and informal public programs (40%), under the direction of the Director of Public Programs. Our ideal candidate is a creative, innovative and dedicated environmental educator with experience in teaching and creating programs for preK-12 audiences and community youth and families.


Education Programs (preK-12)

  • Teach environmental education programs
  • Assist with program revisions & development of new programs
  • Assist in developing & leading professional development workshops for preK-12 teachers & environmental educators

Public Programs

  • Develop summer camp programming
  • Assist Director of Public Programs with developing family programs
  • Serve as a Team Leader for summer camp group leaders & volunteers assisting with family programs


Required Education, Experience, & Skills

  • BA/BS degree, preferably in a natural science or education field
  • Minimum one year experience working in the field of environmental education
  • At least one year of experience teaching & creating environmental education programs for preK-12 youth & creating environmental education programs for families & out-of-school youth
  • A basic understanding of science principles related to natural science & the process of science investigation
  • Ability to walk 1-2 miles over uneven terrain; lift items up to 50 pounds; & work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to work occasional evenings & weekends

Desirable Qualifications

  • At least 4 years of experience planning & developing environmental education programs for preK-12 audiences & community youth & families
  • Experience working with web-based communication platforms (such as web sites, blogs, & social media)
  • Passion for sharing your knowledge with learners of all ages
  • Demonstrated interest working in natural habitats & with their organisms


Anticipated hiring range: $33,266-$39,251 (dependent on experience & qualifications)

Eligible for UVA University Staff benefits

HOW TO APPLY; Application deadline: June 15, 2018

Submit your application online at

A complete application consists of:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications & describing why you want to work for Blandy Experimental Farm’s Education & Public Programs
  • Your current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A portfolio with examples of your environmental education work with preK-12 students & teachers; & youth, outside of school

These materials must be uploaded and attached to your application in Jobs@UVa.


For more information about Education & Public Program Teams & programs:

Questions? Please call or email Candace Lutzow-Felling, Director of Education.

Email:; Phone: (540) 837-1758 ext. 230

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