• Position:Ecology Program Instructor (Year Round)

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

• Collaborate with other education staff to custom -build experiential science programs for schools

• Develop and present indoor and outdoor ecology programs for students in preschool through middle school, and occasional high school programs, including after-school series programs

• Cultivate students’ science process skills and ecological literacy

• Travel to school sites to instruct programs

• Participate in maintaining the Get Outside Center as a functioning and welcoming facility, including routine organizing, and occasional animal care or simple maintenance tasks, and welcoming guests to the center

• Participate as a core team member in a small non profit; help the smooth functioning of the organization and day to day routines, participate in planning for the future and generating new ideas and programs

•Other relevant tasks as needed


•Undergraduate or advanced degree in education or environmental field, or equivalent experience

•2 or more years experience teaching children in classroom and/or field settings, or experience as a field naturalist or biologist along with a natural affinity for education

•Experience teaching in depth, cumulative science skills and natural history, ideally using essential questions and adapting lessons to students’ ideas, interests, skills, and spontaneous events in nature.

•Willingness to relinquish some predictability and control in favor of  authentic student voice and genuine inquiry

• Trust in children’s ability to construct learning and meaning for themselves with guidance, and ability to provide flexible enough learning experiences to allow them to do so

•Comfort handling small, harmless wildlife, including insects, reptiles, and amphibians, including snakes

•Strong interest or background in New England natural history

• Excellent ability to manage groups in a supportive, compassionate manner

•Ability to carry up to 30 pounds, and to walk uphill on or off trails up to 4 miles a day, in all weather

•Willingness to work flexible hours, including some early days, beginning as early as 7am upon occasion, and some long days (up to 12 hours on occasion)

•Strong concern for the natural environment and an interest in working towards its protection by educating young people                                                                                                                                                                                       

•Reliable vehicle with ample empty space for transporting teaching equipment, and a clean driver's license

•  Ability to complete tasks effectively independently

•  Ability to teach and make decisions as part of a collaborative teams

•  Enthusiasm for the process of teaching and willingness to be a reflective educator, constantly fine tuning your skills and lesson plans and working with colleagues to give and receive honest feedback

•Current First Aid / CPR (required) and Lifeguard (preferred) certifications or willingness to acquire these at own expense

  • Dates: Begins September, 2017, Continues throughout the year
  • Hours Per Week: 20-40 depending on season
  • Type: Per diem, year round
  • Restriction: Candidate must be available to work the entire season


  • Position:Program and office Assistant (can be combined with instructor position or stand - alone)

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • This position involves approximately 4 hours per week of office work to support our programs and general operations
  • Organizing files and paperwork and sending documents to clients
  • Maintaining our online databases and files
  • Serving as registrar for programs, including maintaining and organizing online registrations and print binders
  • Managing exhibits and supplies in our public center, ordering new supplies as needed, etc.


• Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent sense of organization
  • Flexibility on tasks
  • Comfort and familiarity with Mac platforms and Google Drive
  • Comfort and familiarity with basic technology - operating and troubleshooting computers, printers, etc.
  • Cheerful and friendly demeanor with visitors and staff                                                                                                                                                                  

•  Ability to complete tasks effectively independently

•  Ability to make decisions as part of a collaborative teams

  • Dates: Begins September, 2017, Continues throughout the year
  • Hours Per Week: 4 (may be combined with Program Instructor position)
  • Type: Per diem, year round

What We Offer 

Starting wages are $15-$17 per hour depending on education and experience level. The year round instructor position has the possibility of becoming salaried after an initial season. Flexible schedule, supportive work environment, unique programming, time outdoors, and dedicated, passionate colleagues. The Kestrel office is located in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. We travel throughout Cape Ann and North Shore. Local candidates or those who will become local for the position, are preferred. Kestrel is a small organization with an excellent and dedicated group of staff and volunteers. Because of our small size, we cannot offer permanent full time positions, health benefits, or housing at this time. We do offer fun, fresh air, adventure, camaraderie, and chocolate.

We generally provide a 20-30 hour instructor training and ongoing support and mentoring

How To Apply

If you’re interested in a position, please submit a cover letter explaining what interests you about working at Kestrel specifically, resume, and contact information for 3 references to jessica@kestreleducation.org, or mail to 186 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930 

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, Kestrel aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of the North Shore, who are at the core of our mission.

About Kestrel

Kestrel Educational Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. We offer place-based natural science adventures for schools, camps, and the general public. Our participants learn through direct experiences in the local natural world, guided by qualified instructors with flexible plans. We believe in building a better and more sustainable world through excellent, student – centered natural science education. Our program instructors guide children in developing their abilities to make and share original discoveries and understand complex natural systems. We believe that everyone should develop personal values through experience, and that this is the most powerful route to sustainability and conservation action. We teach everyone that they should wander, explore, touch, imagine, and live in the natural world. Silliness, muddiness, and storytelling are as much a part of our day collecting and analyzing data. In addition to our school programs, we have recently opened a simple public facility called the Get Outside Center, designed to engage everyone in the many ways they can connect with the natural world right around them. 

Kestrel is not your typical environmental education organization; we devote intensive time and energy to custom designing inquiry science curriculum for each of our client groups. Everything we do is based on a specific place and intended for a specific audience. We focus on building skills used by professional ecologists, and understanding of the developmental level of our students. We use the very best practices in inquiry -based education and strong knowledge of the natural world to provide programs that are rich, authentic, and meaningful to each audience. 

Programs can be anywhere from one hour to 12 weeks (3 hours per week, for example), and a teaching a twelve week program requires the ability to design cumulative, project based curriculum. Our lesson plans are an approach to teaching and a plan for the question to be investigated; the students and the natural world provide the actual content.