Career Opportunities at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Current job opportunities at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary:

Seasonal Outdoor Educator

Our Seasonal Outdoor Educator will plan and deliver our pilot children’s summer camp for ages 6-10 in week-long sessions throughout the summer months at the Sanctuary. The Seasonal Outdoor Educator will also lead and support outdoor education and nature interpretation programs on-site for other Sanctuary visitors of all ages, as required. This position is classified as full-time, seasonal from approximately late May to August 31. Additional part-time hours may be available after August 31. The job pays $15/hour.

Essential Functions

  • Research, plan, deliver and evaluate positive, interactive and engaging nature and environmental education based outdoor/indoor summer camp sessions for children aged 6-10 years old
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate outdoor education and nature interpretation programs at the Sanctuary for visitors of all ages
  • Create a meaningful experience for program participants, while teaching an appreciation and respect for the natural environment
  • Ensure daily safety and well-being for program participants, as well as cleaning, sanitizing and maintaining of assigned areas and Sanctuary property
  • Interact professionally and positively with co-workers, program participants, parents and Sanctuary visitors
  • Maintain and enhance existing activities/curricula, including the upkeep of program materials and resources
  • Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward to students and community;
  • Interact with the public to provide information about Audubon and Audubon’s mission, answer specific questions from visitors and be a positive ambassador of Audubon
  • Support procurement of supplies and marketing and promotion of programs
  • Attend mandatory staff training as assigned
  • Complete administrative and other duties, as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must have completed or be enrolled in a bachelor degree or diploma in the field of education, recreation, environmental studies/science, natural history, geography or other related field
  • Minimum of two semesters/seasons of experience working with children and youth in any setting
  • Skills teaching in formal and informal settings to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to create, deliver and evaluate outdoor education lesson plans and activities.
  • Excellent public speaking, interpersonal and group management skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including heat and humidity
  • CPR & First Aid certified or the ability to become certified prior to employment
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time, lift up to 25 lbs., and traverse uneven terrain for over 2 miles, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work and collaborate with people of varying backgrounds
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Background in south Florida natural history is desirable

Apply for the Seasonal Outdoor Educator position


Campus Host

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a private not-for-profit Audubon Sanctuary encompassing 13,450 acres in Southwest Florida’s western Everglades. Being a part of the Corkscrew team means making a difference for conservation.  The Campus Host position is a part-time seasonal position assisting with essential end-of-day and center-related functions related to guest safety and facility support and security. Campus Hosts support the Blair Audubon Visitor Center by ensuring that all visitors have made it off the boardwalk at the close of business hours, and securing the gates and parking lot. Campus hosts serve as on-call resources on weekends and after hours for alarms or unexpected needs that arise from interns or guests such as visiting scientists. Campus Hosts share on-call and closing responsibilities in shifts with others. Campus hosts can expect to work an average of two to five hours per scheduled shift. When not working, opportunities abound for Campus Hosts interested in volunteering in public education, natural resource protection, maintenance, and more. This is an exciting seasonal opportunity to work with a leader within the conservation industry. 

Campus Hosts are required to live on-site in their personal RV (Recreational Vehicle) on one of Audubon’s two RV pads. The RV pads are nestled in the pine flatwoods near the housing area. Each site is equipped with water, sewer and electricity hook-ups as well as a private outdoor patio and grill. Corkscrew Swamp is a remote sanctuary.

Essential Functions

  • Must live on-site in a personal RV (Recreational Vehicle).
  • Conduct boardwalk closings to help ensure an orderly, safe, and systematic closure of the Blair Visitor Center.
  • Support Blair Visitor Center operations including, but not limited to, admissions and guest services.
  • Be on call during times when the Blair Visitor Center is closed. Respond to calls from Audubon’s security company to check on motion or fire alarms should they go off.
  • Greet and orient the occasional guest or intern that arrives after hours or on weekends, ensuring that they find the right building and get settled.
  • Since there are four positions to conduct this work, staff will rotate through boardwalk closing, guest services, and being on-call so that, on average, only ten hours per week are worked.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ability to walk at least three miles to conduct the boardwalk closing.
  • Must have a vehicle, driver’s license, and a personal cell phone with service provider.
  • Ability to make sound decisions related to safety and security.
  • Preferred experience working with the public and/or in customer service roles.

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