Employment Opportunities

Position Description:
The nature center is looking for a part-time environmental educator to start in January of 2020. The primary responsibilities of the educator will include preparation, planning and delivery of school programs and other environmental education programming at Fern Hollow Nature Center. This job will entail teaching of students of all ages from preschool to adults as well as managing teen and adult volunteers. Office duties will include scheduling programs and volunteers, development of lesson plans and other clerical needs. Educators also assist with the everyday maintenance and care of the facilities which includes the FHNC outdoor classroom and nature play area and native gardens.
Fern Hollow will provide on-site training.
  • The Environmental Educator will work an average of 15 hours/ week (ranging from 10-35 hrs/week)
  • beginning in January 2020.
  • Hours worked per week will depend on nature center programming schedule and will include some weekend and evening hours.
  • Hours worked per week will vary seasonally with changes in programming and may increase with development of additional programming.
  • Ability to lead and teach environmental based programming to a range of ages/ skill levels
  • Experience working with children
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in a relevant field (a combination of education and pertinent experience may be considered)
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation (some programming is offsite)
  • Basic computer skills
  • Dependable, reliable and prompt with a strong love for the outdoors, children and nature
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including some weekends and evenings
  • First Aid, CPR and clearances/ background check are required (may be completed after being hired).
  • Willingness to work on new projects
  • Able to lift 50lbs
  • We reserve the right to update job requirements as programming changes

To Apply:
Please send application, resume and cover letter to:
Fern Hollow Nature Center
c/o Environmental Educator Position
PO Box 8 - Sewickley PA 15143
or email to: susie@fhnc.org

Fern Hollow Nature Center utilizes college students throughout the spring, summer and fall semesters to aid in environmental education programming, ecological research and the maintenance of the facility (including our nature play space and gardens). 

Some interns receive college credit and/or monetary stipends are issued depending on season/position. To learn more about upcoming college internship positions, please contact Stacey Widenhofer at stacey.fhnc@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities  

Nature Guides

The Nature Guides at Fern Hollow is an organization of volunteers who work with elementary school children in the Sewickley area. It was founded with the intention of teaching children to look at and appreciate the natural world around them. Volunteers are recruited and trained by Fern Hollow staff and other guides. To become a Nature Guide, you only need to be willing to give some of your time to teaching children about the world of nature. Since you will be working with Training sessions and orientations are held during the season to acquaint guides with the materials and the curriculum plan.

Clearances are required.

The walk season covers six to eight weeks each fall and spring. Children are taken into the field to study topics such as seasonal changes, plants, birds, insects, creek habitat and even maple sugaring. Walks take place at Walker Park, Morrow-Pontefract Park (by the Giant Eagle), Sewickley Heights Borough Park and Fern Hollow Nature Center. PowerPoint or video presentations are given in the schools prior to the walk to give the children some background in the subject to be covered.

No previous experience is required – we will teach you everything you need to know. During your training as a volunteer Nature Guide you will:

• Attend an orientation where we will introduce you to the programs.

• Receive background material on the nature walks of your choice and have the opportunity to review the video or PowerPoint presentations that precede each walk.

• Shadow experienced Nature Guides as they lead children on one of our nature walks.

• Learn teaching techniques and gain practical experience in leading small groups of 7 to 9 children.

Once you have completed training, we ask that you lead at least 2 walks per season. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to work with children while becoming more familiar with the natural history of our community.

Event Volunteers

Fern Hollow is always looking for individuals who are interested in helping us run our various programs and events throughout the year. Event volunteers are a critical part of our fundraising events such as the Fall Music Festival, the Maple Sugaring Celebration and Pancake Breakfast and the HoeDown and Chili Cookoff. They also assist us with informal programming throughout the year as needed. To become an Event Volunteer at Fern Hollow, just send us your email address. Any time we have an upcoming event that we need assistance with, we send an email to all our Event Volunteers. There is no training required and no minimum time commitment. If you are looking for a way to support environmental education in our community, become an Event Volunteer at Fern Hollow Nature Center!

Hollow Helpers

The Hollow Helpers are a group of teens who are excited about the natural world. Hollow Helpers volunteer at Fern Hollow for activities such as informal programs, events, summer camps and general work around the nature center. Our Hollow Helpers have the opportunity to develop their talents in many ways such as creating displays in the nature center, leading activities and crafts at summer camp or planting native trees around our grounds. It's a fun way to help your community, the environment and fulfill your school volunteer requirements.

1901 Glen Mitchell Rd, PO Box 8, Sewickley, PA 15143 Office – 412.741.6136