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Position – Seasonal NaturalistKids Snowshoeing 3

Sarett Nature Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education for schools and the community. Seasonal naturalists play an active part in achieving this goal by participating in all aspects of operating the Nature Center. Most of a naturalists’ time is spent teaching a variety of natural history programs but are also expected to help with other Nature Center duties.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or working toward a degree in biology or a related field
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience working with children
  • Some teaching experience (summer camp, schools, etc.)
  • Interest educating others about the natural world
  • Knowledge of ecology in southwest Michigan
  • Willingness to work with visitors of all ages
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team setting
  • 18 years or older by the time of start date


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leading groups of children on your own during field trips and summer camps both inside and outside on trails
  • Complete other assigned operational tasks before and after programs such as cleaning and room preparation
  • Identify and respond to camper behavioral issues
  • Report camper concerns to the education coordinator
  • Provide light interpretation to visitors to the nature center about our ambassador animals, trails, butterfly house, etc.
  • Since most teaching is done while hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, or climbing dunes, naturalists need to be in good physical condition
  • Flexibility to help with other duties around the nature center such as animal care, trail maintenance, etc.

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Seasonal naturalists can expect to work forty hours per week.  This includes weekend hours.  You will receive an hourly wage, plus housing if needed. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Sarett director Nate Fuller at or call (269) 927-4832 with any questions.