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W. Alton Jones: discovering, learning, growing and exploring at the University of Rhode Island's Environmental Education Center

W. Alton Jones Campus

Field Teacher/Naturalists

With 2,300 acres of lakes, forests, and farmland, the W. Alton Jones Campus adjoins one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in Southern New England, including 40,000 acres of the Arcadia and Pachaug State Forests.

Discover, learn, grow and explore with W. Alton Jones! As part of the University of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center, programs emphasize team building, self-esteem, environmental stewardship, conservation, natural history and outdoor skills. Field Teacher / Naturalists plan, teach, and lead outdoor lessons in ecology (forest, wetland, wildlife, and winter ecology), social science (living history, archaeology, farm life, early American history), adventure (group building, low ropes, orienteering, outdoor skills), and evening programs (night hike, campfire, underground railroad, town meetings) to school groups primarily in grades 4-8. Positions are available during the spring (mid-February to early June) and fall season (late August to early December). A Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, education, science, or related field and prior experience teaching children and/or leading outdoor environmental education programs is preferred. Experience with song leading, story telling, and/or addressing large groups is a plus. To apply, send your cover letter, resume, application form, and three references to John Jacques.

John Jacques
Assistant Director
University of Rhode Island
W. Alton Jones Environmental Education Center
401 Victory Highway
West Greenwich, RI 02817

(401) 874-8141

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Employment Opportunities at Nature's Classroom!Nature's Classroom

Environmental & Outdoor Educators, Medical Team, Kitchen Staff


Through unique, hands-on experiential education programs, Nature's Classroom immerses student groups ranging between the 4th and 8th grades in community awareness, motivational learning and conservation of our natural resources at one of 13 centers in the Northeast, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. In addition to Outdoor Educators, Medical staff (Nurse, LPN, EMT) and a Kitchen team (Head Cook, Assistant Cook, Co-Cook) are hired during the spring (as early as February through mid-June) and the fall (Labor Day through about Thanksgiving). The fabric of the Nature's Classroom community is woven by the individual uniqueness of staff who work, grow, live, and play closely together. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred (paid Intern positions available for those without degrees). A science/math background is helpful; as are special interests and talents (music, singing, storytelling and group dynamics). If you have a strong commitment to children and learning, connect with Ashley Bame or download an application.

Ashley Bame
Associate Director
Nature's Classroom
19 Harrington Rd.
Charlton, MA 01507
(508) 248-2741
(800) 433-8375 toll free
(508) 248-2745 fax

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