Environmental Educator


Thorne Nature Experience

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Boulder, CO
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Our environmental educators at Thorne Nature Experience directly provide world-class environmental education and outdoor recreation for our community’s youth and families. Our environmental educators are the key to the success of our programs at Thorne. This is a great role for individuals who love teaching elementary aged kids, have a passion for environmental education, and a desire to nurture the next generation of Earth stewards. We encourage you to show us your best self and join our team!


Why Work for Thorne? 

Thorne is a leader in teaching young people Earth stewardship through environmental education and nature play. Our educators are full-time, year-round professionals who work creatively and collaboratively within the Thorne team to develop and deliver fun and impactful programming. At Thorne, we value our staff by paying our employees a living wage (Boulder, CO); focusing on equity and inclusion for our staff and the kids we serve; and offering opportunities for professional training and development. 

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Teach In-School, After School, and Summer Camp Programs
  • Foster personal connections to nature and group nature connection experiences
  • Assist with curriculum development, evaluation for programs and supply management
  • Assist with training and supporting interns and volunteers for school field trips
  • Participate in Thorne Nature Experience special events and outreach activities
  • Help advance and support Thorne’s commitment to improving diversity and inclusion within our staff and our programs.

Desired Behavioral Traits and Attitudes: 

Thorne is looking for someone who is a team player, passionate, empathetic, efficient, organized, creative, resourceful, critical thinker, results-oriented, and self-motivated. Passionate about Thorne’s mission, environmentally concerned and aware, and a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

Thorne recognizes that there are many paths to building professional skills and that not all applicants will have experience with every item listed. Passionate individuals who do not meet all these criteria are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Experience working with school-aged children, especially in an informal and outdoor setting
  • Passion for nature and the outdoors
  • Strong communication skills with adults and children
  • Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally
  • Proficiency with or willingness to learn MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Google Drive
  • Experience relating to and communicating with diverse audiences, especially Latino/a/x participants and families
  • Conversational/Proficient in Spanish preferred
  • A minimum of 460 hours of environmental education experience with elementary-aged children (reach out to us to see if you meet this requirement, this can be fulfilled using a variety of experiences)
  • Two higher education courses in education, human services, or related field.

Thorne Nature Experience is a non-profit organization committed to building Earth stewardship by connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences.

Equitable Recruiting Policy Statement: Our goal is to increase diversity amongst our staff at Thorne. We do so by providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic. It is the policy at Thorne to attempt to reach diverse pools of applicants throughout the hiring process by following the Equitable Recruiting Procedure.


Please submit your cover letter and resume to Sandra@thornenature.org and include “Environmental Educator – Your Name” in the subject line. All applicants will receive an email acknowledgment that their information has been received. Those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted directly.  We will start the interview process on 09/15/23 and will continue until the job is filled. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to us.

For more information on Thorne, please visit our website at www.thornenature.org.

Compensation Information

Starting Salary: $42,840 annually

Bicultural Competence Compensation- up to 10% for bicultural employees with Latino/a/x cultural competence.

Benefits Offered include: Health and Dental, 403B, Short and Long-term Disability Insurance, Life and AD&D insurance, Generous Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick Leave and Holidays), Dependent Care Assistance Plan, and Health Savings Account.

Thorne provides a living wage for all its employees and in an effort to recruit and retain the best possible team strives to provide wages that exceed local nonprofit and environmental education industry averages.  As part of its compensation strategy, Thorne is committed to offering a variety of high-quality benefit plans for eligible employees. Thorne also recognizes that not all employees value benefits equally. Thorne offers some opportunities for a flexible benefit package including pay in lieu of benefit options for employees who can get their health care coverage elsewhere.