Teaching Naturalist (Part Time, Seasonal)


The Teaching Naturalist will support the environmental educational initiatives of Ruffner Mountain: provide education programs to inspire people of all ages with a sense of stewardship for the natural world, and an understanding of how our actions now affect the world that future generations will inherit. 


  1. Teach environmental science, natural history and environmental history programs in an outdoor setting to youth and adults. 

  2. Responsible for managing class size of 20 - 25 youth ranging from pre-k - grade 12.

  3. Adequately prepare for each program by updating and maintaining program materials and supplies, arrive ½ hour to an hour before programs, and stay ½ hour after programs to clean-up.

  4. Post program duties, including but not limited to:

    • Data entry and filing corresponding paperwork.

    • Reset program area: clean pavilion, take out the trash, check and restock bathrooms.

    • Restocking and organizing programs materials and supplies.

  5. Train and teach with live animals including reptiles, mammals, and birds of prey, under the direction of the Animal Husbandry Associate.

  6. Interpret the Nature Center to children and adults using generally accepted nature interpretation techniques. 

  7. Carry out other operational and educational duties as needed.


  1. A genuine passion for environmental education and conservation.

  2. Ability to perform physical tasks, including lift 25 pounds. 

  3. Ability to hike on uneven terrain in a variety of outdoor conditions for up to 4 miles.

  4. Experience working with youth and adults from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels.

  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to interact with staff, students, teachers and the general public.

  6. Organized, self-motivated and flexible; can work by themselves and work-well under pressure.

  7. Proficient with MS Word, Excel and data entry. Experience with office equipment, printers, computers, telephones.

  8. CPR/AED/First Aid certification, or the willingness to acquire within 30 days of hire.

  9. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.


  1. Experience working for a nature preserve, nature center, or land trust.

  2. Strong base knowledge of Alabama’s flora and fauna.

  3. Animal care experience in a formalized setting.


  • Seasonal, Part-Time Position: 6 - 20 hours a week.

  • Ruffner Mountain naturalist are also asked to lead occasional weekend programming .

  • Compensation: $11 - $15 per hour, based on experience.

  • Applicants subject to a Background Check, Driving Record Check and Drug Screening.


Interested? Please complete the application below before Wednesday, July 17th to be considered, or contact meg@ruffnermountain.org or 205-833-8264 for more information.