Outdoor Education Instructor
NIU Lorado Taft Field Campus

Full time outdoor educator position at the facility with the best cinnamon rolls in the Midwest!

Frequent sights of eagles and vultures soaring over the river outside the dining hall!


Outdoor Education Instructor

NIU Lorado Taft Field Campus
Oregon, Illinois
$1,350.00 / month
Some experience required
Start Date:
Job starts soon! (Aug 16, 2019)

The Lorado Taft Field Campus is Northern Illinois University’s outdoor education and conference center and is located in Oregon, Illinois, on the bluffs overlooking the Rock River.  Taft Campus’ outdoor education program is generally multidisciplinary, place-based, and experiential, and planned in close partnership with the visiting schools with the goal of providing excellent programming and customer service to the visiting students and staff.  Students learn while exploring during classes such as river ecology, forest ecology, pioneer life, and team building.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach classes in the outdoor environment to students in the 4th to 8th grades.
  • Develop curricula and resources for the program.
  • Assist in the maintenance and upkeep of campus teaching, habitat, and resource storage areas.
  • Participate in staff training prior to teaching and throughout the school year.
  • Assist in the coordination of the residential outdoor education program.
  • Complete projects assigned by the Coordinator or Specialists.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, science, natural resources, recreation, history, or related field
  • Six months experience as an educator, naturalist, or facilitator of non-formal education programming.
  • Two months experience teaching, facilitating, or participating in outdoor education or recreation activities.
  • Ability to live in provided campus housing.
  • Ability to manage a security sensitive position, having passed a pre-employment background investigation including a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as an educator, program staff, naturalist or related position at a residential outdoor education center, nature center, or similar facility preferred.
  • Previous experience in preparing lesson plans, outlines, or guides in preparation to teach or facilitate activities.
  • Previous experience leading or facilitating groups in team building activities.
  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers and supervisors to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Ability to convey information about environmental topics without bias and with the goal of encouraging lifelong learning.
  • Ability to effectively engage in behavior management in order to maintain students’ interest and participation in outdoor classes and activities.
  • Ability to manage work time effectively and with little supervision to ensure preparedness and project completion.
  • Flexibility and the ability to deal with the unexpected and quickly changing nature of outdoor activities and children.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for the outdoors and outdoor education, even when conditions are challenging.
  • Demonstrated professionalism as related to the field.
  • Demonstrated competence in verbal communication, particularly the ability to present information, ideas, directions, etc. in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrated initiative to go above and beyond minimum assigned duties

Salary and Benefits:

  • $1300-$1500/month, plus room and board (private room in shared housing space with kitchen and laundry available)
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Other perks available to employees of NIU

Dates of Employment:  August 16, 2019 to May 31, 2020 with potential for summer employment.

How to Apply

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system.  Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.  

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