Position: Outdoor Curriculum Specialist

Do you love being outside? Do you have a passion for environmental education? Have you always wanted to help translate your experiences outdoors into curriculum for classroom teachers? If so, then we have the perfect position for you! The Teacher Education section at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (we are the ones that offer the cool Educator Treks such as “Got Elk?” and “Where Swans Fly and Bears Walk” to incredible places all across our state of NC) is hiring a new AmeriCorps position to join our team! Please consider applying today!


Outdoors Curriculum Specialist Details

Benefits of Becoming an NCMNS AmeriCorps Member

NCMNS is a dynamic institution with an enthusiastic team of naturalists, educators, and researchers eager to share their passion for science with others. As an NCMNS AmeriCorps member, you will gain valuable career skills, resume-building experiences, and professional references by serving alongside this energetic staff.  The museum and AmeriCorps will provide training and leadership development opportunities throughout your service term.  Other benefits include:

  • $1,000 monthly living allowance

  • Segal Education Award of $4,266.50 upon completion of 1,200 hours of service. For more details, visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/segal-americorps-education-award

  • Student loan deferment

  • The benefits of this position include working with an enthusiastic team at a world class science museum, learning from experienced educators and naturalists, making a difference for teachers and students, and experiencing some of the most amazing natural places in North Carolina.


Location & Schedule: 

  • NCMNS (downtown Raleigh) -- 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Travel to schools and field sites in NC is necessary.

  • Flexible schedule (24-40 hours per week), including 1-2 weekends per month. Exact days and hours will depend on workshop schedule and may vary from week to week.


Audience Focus: Teachers (K-12th grade)


Goals & Tasks:

  • Observe and/or co-lead professional development (PD) workshops for teachers. Workshops are held at the Museum, on school grounds, and in natural areas across North Carolina. Workshops vary in duration from a few hours to multiple days. Most workshops focus on the natural history of North Carolina and involve travel across the state. Our workshops create an immersive, experiential learning process for teachers, and encourage them to use the same strategies with their students.

  • Translate PD workshop experiences into written guides that help teachers implement curriculum-correlated lessons and activities with their students.

  • Create, test, and evaluate new activities that allow educators to use the outdoors in their teaching. 

  • Produce a polished portfolio of at least 16 activities or lesson plans that can be shared with NC teachers.


The Outdoor Curriculum Specialist will be closely involved in all Teacher Education programs with the specific task of making program activities and resources into a more portable curriculum that can be applied directly to the classroom and school grounds. The Specialist will create lesson plans and activity write-ups that can be used independently or as a follow-up to an educator’s experience in a Museum workshop, thereby providing a toolkit for incorporating Museum strategies and outdoor learning into their teaching.



  • Higher education coursework in education is preferred, preferably science education at the elementary or middle school level and/or demonstrated knowledge and experience with the NC Curriculum Standards.

  • Previous experience teaching in a classroom and/or outdoor setting is preferred.

  • Eager to travel across the state, be outside and active for long periods of time. 

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for all AmeriCorps members:

  • Be 17 years old at the time of the start of service

  • Hold a high school diploma or GED certificate

  • Pass a state and FBI national criminal background check, including National Sex Offender Public registry; fingerprinting is required

  • Produce a government-issued photo identification card

  • Provide documentation that you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States

To accomplish the goals of Serving & Science, NCMNS AmeriCorps members must also:

  • Possess a strong interest in experiential or environmental education. 

  • Be passionate about the natural sciences and understand the importance of going outside.

  • Be eager to help others and have a strong desire to get things done for their community.

  • Value the importance of educating diverse audiences of all ages and abilities. 

  • Demonstrate creative thinking skills, especially when it comes to problem-solving.

  • Be able to complete tasks independently or as part of a team.

  • Express passion for your service project and be able to motivate yourself and others. Although supervisors and museum staff will assist with training and other tasks as needed, members will often need to be the driving force behind the success of their project.

  • Have the ability to communicate well with a variety of ages, including adults, both verbally and in writing. Previous experience with public speaking, teaching (formally/informally), or leading groups is preferred.

  • Be organized and give attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Be comfortable reaching out to community partners. Many of our members will be required to cold-contact people during their service project.

  • Be confident in trying new things and able to learn quickly. It may be necessary to learn skills, program lessons, etc. by observing others then leading it on your own.


Please note there are several open AmeriCorps positions at the Museum, the Outdoor Curriculum Specialist is #6


How to Apply, Selection Process & Application Deadline:

  1. Review the position descriptions on these pages 

  2. Select and rank order the positions which interest you. You may choose up to 5 positions if available.

  3. Complete the application. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rUvU0cYUuv7r4ey4yDAk_DJaTYRc95Ow6Do4PfPjJaM

  4. Allow one week for an email with additional information. 

There is no application deadline. Applications will be reviewed as received. Positions will remain open until filled. This document and the application will be updated as positions are filled to reflect which positions are still available. Please apply today!



Megan Chesser Davis (pronouns: she, her, hers)

Teacher Education Specialist

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 West Jones Street

Raleigh, NC  27601-1029

Email: megan.davis@naturalsciences.org

Phone: 919-707-9905

Fax: 919-715-6439




N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources