Education Coordinator

Great Hollow is seeking a dynamic and passionate Education Coordinator to further develop and strategically lead its environmental education programing and summer day-camp. Great Hollow is a newly established non-profit organization in New Fairfield, Connecticut that is dedicated to biodiversity conservation, applied ecological research, experiential environmental education, and the promotion of passive outdoor recreation. Our nature preserve consists of 825 acres of forest, wetlands, and freshwater streams, with a 4-mile trail network and staff housing, offices, a wet lab, and two indoor teaching spaces on site.

The Education Coordinator will be responsible for creating and instructing experiential environmental education programming for K-12 students, and directing our 8-week summer day camp. Our primary demographic is 5-12 year-olds. The previous person in the position developed many popular and successful programs over the three years since our founding that the new Education Coordinator will be responsible for taking over while also developing new program content and curricula, particularly for upper grade levels. There will be extensive opportunity and a wide range of creative flexibility for the selected person to design new programs of his/her own. The programs should be science-based, directly relevant to the biodiversity and ecosystems of the Northeast, incorporate multiple disciplines, including ecology, conservation biology, and environmental science, and often include introductory field research experiences/outdoor labs. Most importantly, the programs should be dynamic, engaging, and immersive, and ultimately inspire a conservation ethic in the participants. Great Hollow’s programs are currently offered as field trips for local schools, school break camps, weekend community events, weekday homeschooling, occasional children’s birthday parties, and more. The ideal candidate will have a background in both field biology and science/nature education, and an ability to teach across a wide age range and variety of subjects such as ecology, wildlife biology, plant biology, freshwater biology, natural resources conservation, human impacts to the environment, climate change, and wilderness safety and survival.

The Education Coordinator will solicit interest from local elementary, middle, and high schools in Connecticut and New York, and develop opportunities for education programs to be delivered in schools as well as during field trips to Great Hollow. The Education Coordinator will also continue Great Hollow’s existing homeschool program and seek opportunities to expand it to higher grade levels and broaden its subject matter. The Education Coordinator will serve as the director of Great Hollow’s Eco-Discovery Camp, an 8-week summer day-camp for children ages 5 to 12. He or she will be responsible for all marketing, planning, coordination, and program development, state license and record-keeping requirements, management of CITs from area high schools, hiring and supervision of 1-2 paid camp instructors, and all aspects of the general day-to-day operation of the camp.

The Education Coordinator will also care for Great Hollow’s small collection of education animals that includes 6 birds of prey, a corn snake, two red-bellied turtles, and a marbled salamander. This involves daily feeding, frequent cleaning, ordering of supplies and food, record-keeping, and management of food inventories. Previous experience handling birds of prey for group presentations is a strong plus.

Primary Requirements and Responsibilities:

Reside on-site in provided housing.

Create and instruct environmental education programming and outdoor labs for K-12 students that are rooted in the science of ecology, conservation biology, and similar fields.

Teach to and expand upon Great Hollow’s existing program catalog (view at https://greathollow.org/school-programs/)

Direct and serve as the lead instructor for Great Hollow’s summer day-camp; develop weekly session themes and topics.

Maintain detailed records of all Connecticut state day-camp license requirements; coordinate with the CT Office of Early Childhood Development on all matters related to camp licensing.

Help to market and advertise Great Hollow’s education programs and summer camp to schools and the general public through social media and other outlets.

Develop and maintain relationships with school administrators and teachers.

Create and lead fun and interactive weekend community events.

Represent Great Hollow at community fairs and other local events.

Generate and post content for Great Hollow’s social media platforms and local community social media outlets.

Write descriptions of events and other programs for advertisement on Great Hollow’s website, email newsletter, etc.

Handle program registrations and payments, and maintain participant records (health forms, waivers, etc.).

Care for birds of prey and other education animals, including feeding and cleaning.

Handle and present education animals to program participants.

Manage inventory of all teaching materials, supplies, and equipment.


Master’s degree in environmental education, biology, ecology, natural resources, or other appropriate field; applicants with only bachelor’s degrees and significant prior work experience will also be considered.

Demonstrated experience developing and instructing environmental education programs for schools, nature centers, natural history museums, zoos, etc.

Familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards.

Knowledge of the flora, fauna, and habitat types of the northeastern U.S.

Outgoing, engaging personality and an ability to deliver programs in a manner that is fun while educational for participants.

Ability to develop relationships with children and parents that will foster high levels of student retention.

Ability to work closely and well with a small staff.

Great organizational and interpersonal skills.

High levels of initiative and creativity

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Ability to write grant proposals.

Comfort with, and ability to handle and present, program animals that include birds of prey, snakes, turtles, and amphibians.

CPR-First Aid certification or willingness to obtain; Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid, or willingness to obtain is highly preferred.

Waterfront lifeguard certification or willingness to obtain is desirable.

High level of comfort in the outdoors, camping/backpacking experience, and an ability to hike long distances while leading others, including young children, in a variety of weather conditions.

Knowledge of and ability to teach wilderness survival skills, including map and compass use, is desirable.

Computer literacy and proficiency with basic programs such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; graphic design and/or GIS skills are a plus.

Proficiency with Facebook and other social media platforms.

Written and spoken English fluency.

U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.


The Education Coordinator will receive a compensation package that includes a starting salary of $25,000 – $30,000 (DOE), annual performance-based bonus, 10 paid vacation days per year, ConnectiCare health insurance, and a 401k retirement plan with an employer match of up to $2,500 per year. On-site housing with full utilities is also provided. Housing includes a private bedroom with a queen bed in one of two houses at Great Hollow Nature Preserve. Both houses are newly renovated and furnished, and include a fully equipped kitchen, cable television, telephone land-line, and wireless internet. A washer and dryer are also available on-site.

To Apply:

Please email as a single PDF a cover letter that describes how you meet the requirements and qualifications of the position, C.V., and contact information for 3 professional references to Chad Seewagen at gro.w1568621720olloh1568621720taerg1568621720@nega1568621720weesc1568621720. Please put “EDUCATION COORDINATOR_[last name]” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received and accepted until October 1, 2019.


Visiting Post-doctoral Scientist

Great Hollow is pleased to announce a 12-month fellowship to support a Visiting Scientist in residence at our nature preserve in New Fairfield, Connecticut. The visiting scientist will: (1) conduct independent, field-based biological research within their area of expertise at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and/or other potential study sites in the area, (2) assist with other field research projects being led by Great Hollow, including data collection and statistical analyses, (3) coordinate Great Hollow’s summer internship program, and (4) contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow, including occasional assistance with education programs, community outreach events, and preserve stewardship. The ideal candidate will be an ecologist or organismal biologist whose research is integrative, has a conservation application, and will diversify Great Hollow’s current lines of research.

Major Responsibilities:

The Visiting Scientist will be responsible for designing and conducting a publishable field research project at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and/or other sites in the general area that can be completed and preferably submitted for publication within the 12-month fellowship period. Projects that have a conservation application are preferred but not required. The Visiting Scientist will be expected to apply for grants or other funding to help support their research (e.g., equipment/supplies, lab analyses, field assistant wages), but their proposed project should be possible to conduct with a modest and slightly negotiable budget of approximately $2,000 (for direct expenses) provided by Great Hollow in the event that efforts to procure external funding are unsuccessful.

The other major responsibility of the Visiting Scientist will be to help the Executive Director coordinate Great Hollow’s 10-week summer internship program. This includes managing the internship application and selection process, and directly mentoring 2-4 interns (who are usually undergraduates but may sometimes include high school students, post-bac students, or graduate students) as they assist with Great Hollow’s research projects and/or conduct independent projects of their own. Interns can also assist the Visiting Scientist with his/her research. For interns who are interested in conducting an independent study, the Visiting Scientist will help interns to identify research projects that are within their areas of interest and are feasible to conduct, mentor interns in study design, field methods, data analysis, and scientific writing, and coordinate their daily activities.


The term of the position is 12 months, with minimal potential for extension and no potential for transition into a permanent position. The start date can be flexible to accommodate the Visiting Scientist’s research schedule and appropriate season for his/her field work, but his/her 12-month term must fully overlap with the period of approximately March 1st – August 15th. This is because summer intern selections and offers are made by early April and the internships typically run from mid-May until early August.


  • Completion of a Ph.D. in biology, ecology and evolution, wildlife management, conservation biology, or a related field in the past 5 years.
  • Independent research experience on the ecology of plants, invertebrates, freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, or mammals that includes study design, field work, data analysis, and writing.
  • Strong quantitative skills and proficiency in biological statistics; proficiency in R is a plus.
  • A minimum of two first-author publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated success securing grants or other extramural funding.
  • Experience mentoring students, preferably with independent research projects.
  • Familiarity with New England flora, fauna, ecosystems, and principles of habitat management.
  • Familiarity with a broad range of field methods and equipment that will enable the Visiting Scientist to mentor interns on projects outside of his/her immediate area of expertise.
  • English fluency and an ability to communicate with other staff, interns, and members of the public effectively.
  • Ability to work well with others as part of a team.
  • ​Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others.
  • Continuous maintenance of health insurance coverage.
  • U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver’s license.


The Visiting Scientist will receive: (1) a monthly stipend of $2,200, (2) on-site housing with free utilities, (3) monthly reimbursement for personal enrollment in the ConnectiCare state health insurance program if he or she does not possess alternate coverage of his/her own, and (4) a budget of up to $2,000 for research expenses (if outside funding cannot be obtained). Housing includes a private bedroom with a queen bed in one of two shared houses at Great Hollow Nature Preserve. Both houses are newly renovated and furnished, and include a fully equipped kitchen, cable television, telephone land-line, and wireless internet. A washer and dryer are also available on-site.

To apply:

Please email (preferably as a single PDF) an application package that includes:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Cover letter.
  • Brief statement of mentoring/teaching experience and philosophy (no more than 2 pages single-spaced).
  • Research interest statement of up to 3 pages single-spaced that includes a description of how your research program fits the position and up to three feasible ideas for a potential project that you would conduct as a Visiting Scientist at Great Hollow.
  • Contact information for, and relationships to, at least two professional references.

Please also provide PDFs of up to three selected publications.

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received and accepted until January 1, 2020. Applications should be addressed to Great Hollow’s executive director, Dr. Chad Seewagen, and emailed to gro.w1568621720olloh1568621720taerg1568621720@nega1568621720weesc1568621720. Please put “VISITING SCIENTIST APPLICATION [Last name_First name]” in the subject line.