Job Type: Permanent

Salary Range:  $23.00-$25.00 per hour depending on experience. Travel is required, using your own vehicle, and reimbursed at the current rate established by OFM (Office of Financial Management). Federal holidays are paid and a $50.00/month cell phone stipend is also available.

Duration and Hours: 30-35 hours per week, but not to exceed 40. This position is funded September 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024 and will be re-evaluated in May 2024 for sustainability based on available funds.

Summary: The Franklin Conservation District is hiring a classroom-based environmental educator to implement the Wheat Week Program in Pierce County, Washington. Wheat Week Educators provide high-quality environmental and conservation education to students in 4th and 5th grade throughout Washington. Through this work, students gain a better understanding of the science behind complex environmental issues and will become better able to address these issues responsibly. 

Essential Functions:      

  • Coordinate, schedule, and teach Wheat Week lessons to area schools.
  • Disseminate information to local school districts and teachers via email and phone.
  • Provide high-quality and energetic Wheat Week lessons to area schools and school groups.
  • Assist in the further development of the FCD’s Education and Outreach Programs.
  • Able to perform and prioritize work tasks with little supervision.
  • Maintain accurate records of lessons taught, number of students and teachers taught.
  • Maintain and clean equipment on a daily basis.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, prioritize, and use professional judgment.
  • Foster positive relationships with school district staff and community partners.

Required Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, environmental education, natural resources, or related field
  • At least one year of experience working in a classroom setting teaching children.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing students in hands-on learning either indoors or outdoors.
  • WSP/FBI background clearance required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft and Google (PowerPoint, Excel, Google Drive, etc.)

Traits That You Must Possess:

  • Proactive self-starter. A strong sense of taking initiative moving forward without waiting to be told what to do and how to do it.
  • Flexible and can thrive in a fast-paced environment where you may have to wear several hats.
  • Possess confidence while being humble: lack excessive ego or concern about status. Willing to share credit, emphasize team over self and define success collectively rather than individually.
  • Hungry: always looking for more. More things to do, learn, and take responsibility for. Constantly thinking about the next step and opportunity.
  • Smart: have common sense about people. Good judgement and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and the impact of your words and actions.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Work is performed primarily in a classroom setting as well as a home office; travel is required to local schools and program sites. Must be able to lift and carry a maximum of 35 pounds. Adequate manual and finger dexterity, hearing, speech, and vision are necessary to perform the essential functions of this position. MUST HAVE VALID DRIVERS LICENSE AND CAR INSURANCE

For more information on the Wheat Week program, visit