Short-Term Job Adventures Alabama
Fun Facts: Alabama offers literally every type of outdoor adventure imaginable, from camping, cycling, hiking, canoeing and kayaking to horseback riding, fishing, scaling boulders and rappelling down canyons. Alabama is also home to more species of freshwater turtle, crayfish, and mussel than any other state!
Camp Counselor/Crew Trainers
Huntsville—also known as Rocket City—is the birthplace of NASA's space program back in the late 50s. The Center is located in northern Alabama in the heart of the Tennessee Valley and two hours away from Nashville, Chattanooga and Birmingham. The Huntsville/Madison County provides "big city" fun as well as plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Do you want to work at one of the biggest attractions in the U.S.? As a Space Camp Counselor (Crew Trainer), you will have the opportunity to work with guests and trainees to experience firsthand the past, present and future of America's Space program at the most spectacular space attraction on Earth. Along with teaching a team of aspiring engineers, scientists and aviators (ages 9-18) in stimulating space-related programs, you'll also have the chance to train students in Space Shuttle mission simulators and jet fighter operations. This opportunity is more than just a few lines on your resume — it’s a community, a culture, an opportunity to inspire the Mars Generation, and an out-of-this-world leadership experience. Opportunities are available each season, with free housing and meals available for those outside the Huntsville area.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
1 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
Outdoor Education Instructors
The Alabama 4-H Center rests on 264 acres of lush rolling woodlands along the banks of beautiful Lay Lake and surrounded by some of the state’s most ecologically diverse features, including the Cahaba River, Talladega National Forest, Cheaha Wilderness and Oak Mountain State Park. The Center is also located only 35 miles from Birmingham, a culturally diverse city with excellent dining, music and arts.
Are you ready to take the next step and start building or expanding your foundation in environmental education, outdoor education and animal husbandry? The tremendous amount of learning and teaching opportunities at the Alabama 4-H Science School enables seasonal Instructors to become well equipped for most any position in the outdoor field. You'll get involved with team building facilitation, belaying, canoe instruction, Red Cross lifeguard certification (for those interested in the summer season), Alabama boating license (with reimbursement), science-based teaching, live animal husbandry for an extensive collection of native and non-native species, and the list goes on and on! Positions are available during the spring (mid-February to mid-May), summer (mid-May to mid-August) and fall (mid-August to mid-December). Preference is given to those who can make a 2+ season commitment. To begin the application process, email your resume and 3 professional references to Amy Walker.
Summer and Fall Season Employment Alert
• Alabama 4-HSS is currently accepting Instructor applications for the summer (mid-May to mid-August) and fall season (mid-August to mid-December).
Alabama 4-H Science School
892 Four H Rd.
Columbiana, AL 35051
(205) 669-1364 fax
Outdoor Education Instructor/Naturalists & Summer Camp Staff
Located on 135 acres on the shores of beautiful Logan Martin Lake in east central Alabama, Camp Cosby provides the perfect atmosphere for a sleepaway camp, outdoor education, family events and retreats. Two hours from Atlanta and an hour from Birmingham, the campus truly provides a retreat in nature. Campers, students and guests enjoy beautiful shorelines, amazing sunsets and 10 miles of hiking trails.
Join YMCA Camp Cosby’s caring, dedicated and enthusiastic Summer Camp & Outdoor Education Team to positively impact program participants and yourself! During the school year, Outdoor Education Instructor/Naturalists are responsible for the general welfare, safety and supervision of students while delivering programs, activities and encouragement to the students. Specific duties include teaching various educational topics (aquatic and forest ecology, wildlife ecology and adaptations, sensory awareness, organic gardening, town meetings, maps, orienteering and living history simulations), facilitating team building and outdoor activities and leading evening programs and hikes. During the summer months, Camp Staff are needed to ensure the safety, growth, fun and development of campers through a variety of activities. Preference is given to applicants who are skilled in lifeguarding, climbing & belaying, equestrian, waterskiing & wakeboarding, mini bike riding & mechanics and ceramics. Positions are available during the spring (February to May) and fall seasons (September to December), with a multiple season and a summer camp work option (mid-May to July 29th). All staff must be at least 19 years of age.
Outdoor Education: Michael Morriss, Program Director
Summer Camp Staff: Karen Kasprzak, Program Operations Director
YMCA Camp Cosby
2290 Paul B Bryant Rd.
Alpine, AL 35014
The site is a breathtaking tree-covered point nestled in a deep bend in the Cahaba River, preserving a mix of hardwoods and older trees that were once typical of Alabama's river bottoms but elsewhere have been logged and replaced with faster-growing pines. The Cahaba River provides habitat for an impressive diversity of aquatic species, is one of Birmingham's primary sources for drinking water, and has become a hot spot for recreational activities. Because of this unique location, CEC fronts over 4 miles of river, giving you ample space to canoe and explore.
The Cahaba Environmental Center is home to a 3-day education program geared towards K-12 students, with a curriculum that is student-centered, hands-on, and follows inquiry-based and holistic approaches. Environmental Educators will have the opportunity to share the wonders of the natural world, create a sense of community, foster a fun and safe learning environment and facilitate hands-on activities about topics such as forest and stream ecology, watershed science, Native American culture and geologic processes. Positions are available during the spring (February through May) and fall (August to late November). If you have a passion for learning and teaching about the natural world and human cultural history, email your cover letter, resume and three references to Kim Hall.
Fall Season Employment Alert
• The Cahaba Environmental Center is currently seeking Environmental Educators for the fall season (August to late November).
Cahaba Environmental Center
2021 Living River Parkway
Montevallo, AL 35515
Environmental Education Instructors
Located near the Bankhead National Forest in northwest Alabama, with deep sandstone canyons, miles of trails and streams and many waterfalls.
With a mission to connect people to the environment, teach respect for the Earth and its beings, and promote a commitment to lifelong learning, McDowell Environmental Center is making the world a better place by educating tomorrow's leaders about the natural world. MEC Instructors teach classes that are hands-on and minds-on, giving students the greatest opportunity to learn about themselves and better understand our environment. Responsibilities include teaching groups of up to 12 students, from a variety of age levels and backgrounds, on topics that include geology, energy, social studies, forest ecology, aquatic habitat studies, challenge course adventure, team building, canoeing, and outdoor skills. Positions are available during the spring (early February to mid-May) and fall (late August to mid-December). If you are an awesome, enthusiastic teacher who loves children and sharing the natural world with them, email your cover letter, resume and three professional references to Jen Kopnicky.
McDowell Environmental Center
105 Delong Rd.
Nauvoo, AL 35578
(205) 387-1806, ext. 109
(205) 221-3454 fax