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Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Rutgers Environmental Stewards]

Environmental Educator

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary


The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, located in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a non-profit, historic woodlands garden and educational institution that receives 17,500 visits from children and adults annually.  It encompasses 16.5 acres that boasts one of the state’s greatest concentrations of wildflowers, and is home to 45 species of trees, 100 species of birds, rare ferns, and 275-year-old tulip trees.  The Arboretum is also an official Monarch butterfly tagging site.  The Arboretum provides environmental education services to local schools, community institutions, and individuals of all ages.

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum seeks a dynamic and motivated full-time environmental educator to develop, teach, and grow the Arboretum’s environmental education programs for all ages.  Programs include:  elementary school field trips, after-school enrichment, occasional evening lectures and classes, family special events, and summer camp.  Position reports to Executive Director.

Supervises other teaching staff: trains, assigns, and reviews work of all part-time teachers.


  • Hands-on teaching of environmental education programs, pre-K through adult, in indoor, outdoor, and occasional off-site locations 
  • Work with Executive Director to cultivate key partnerships with schools, organizations, and institutions
  • Coordinate with Millburn Township educators, the Executive Director and the Arboretum’s Education Committee to design, implement, and evaluate educational curriculum and community outreach programs
  • Act as the liaison between the Arboretum and Science Supervisor of Millburn Township schools
  • Design and develop workshops for adults, families, local educators and/or naturalists
  • Coordinate school requests for field trips and classroom programs
  • Train, lead, and supervise part-time educators, interns, and docents
  • Supervise full-time animal caretaker, learn proper handling and care of exhibit animals, and integrate animals and habitats into Arboretum lesson plans 
  • Write class offerings and event updates for newsletter, website, and program guide
  • Prepare and submit an annual plan, including detailed budget, for community programs including intended audience, program subject, and program participant goals.  Provide mid-year and end-of-the-year program evaluations


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the natural sciences, environmental studies, education, or related field preferred
  • Certification in science education preferred
  • A minimum of two years prior teaching experience in a school, nature or science center, or similar community-based organization
  • Experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental education curriculum preferred.
  • Proven experience leading groups and a commitment to teamwork
  • Knowledge of flora and fauna of the region with an emphasis on birds
  • Excellent communication, organization and computer skills
  • Exposure to operational, management, marketing and fiscal aspects of environmental education programs preferred
  • First Aid and CPR trained or have willingness to get certified
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand and/or walk for long periods on trails   
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Work Schedule:
Full-time, some Saturdays to coincide with educational programs.

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

403(b) plan; healthcare; performance-based bonus.

Full time, salaried, exempt, at-will.

Principals only.  Recruiters, please do not contact this employer. Salary history and requirements must be included to be considered for this position.  Principals send a cover letter, resume and salary history to Board President at:
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
324 Forest Drive South
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Fax:  (973) 379-5059
Email:  apply@hartshornarboretum.com


The job description of Manager of Educational Programs for the CHA contains descriptions, requirements, qualifications, etc. from the past job description of Bonnie Chase (written in 1997) and current job offerings from comparable institutions throughout the United States.

The following is a list of those institutions including job title, level of education, salary level and statement of benefits, and required experience.

Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, RI:  Director of Education, BA or BS, $38,000 to $40,000 plus health insurance and education and natural history experience.

Audubon Colorado, Northwest, CO:  Community Naturalist, BA or BS, $27,000 to $30,000, two years of related work experience (school, nature or science center, zoo, museum.)

The Arboretum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA:  Youth Programs Coordinator, BA or BS, $31,000 to $36,000 plus full-time and dental benefits, and education, horticulture, botany, ecology, etc. experience.