So you want to work for T.R.E.E.’s day program?

To have some idea of where this career pathway will take you, read on!

Since 1995, T.R.E.E., Teaching Responsible Earth Education, has been teaching 4th, 5th and 7th graders about the Earth in a place where they can touch it, at an age where they get it, and in a way that they remember it.

T.R.E.E.’s EarthkeepersTM program for 4th Graders is three consecutive days with no overnights.  A group of students may vary in size from 25 to 60 and are accompanied by their classroom teachers and parent chaperones to our Outdoor Classroom site.

Your role as Earth Educator:

This is not summer camp!  Your job as a staff educator for this program is to teach solid life science to these students.  Our curriculum is strenuous and interesting and meets LA state curriculum requirements in science and language arts.

Primarily, you are a teacher.  The curriculum has already been written (hooray, no lesson planning!).  You are responsible for learning the ‘script’ – for that’s the extent to which these lessons have been tweaked and perfected.  You must know your part and then teach it, so that the kids get it!  Additionally, you’re responsible for managing behavior and guiding the adults accompanying the students so that they are most effective.

You will be very well trained and incredibly well supported.  The nature of this demanding work requires that all of the staff work very closely and cohesively together.  We depend on each other and support one another.  And it works.  To work at T.R.E.E. you must be a team player giving your best, expecting the best of others, and are willing to do what it takes to make both of those realities happen.

In addition to teaching science-based stations in the woods, you are ‘on’ from the minute you greet the bus at the Outdoor Classroom in the morning until you wave goodbye to them on the bus each day.  At all times of the day, in all activities we maintain the same expectation for behavior from the kids.  Staff must have consistent expectations for behavior of students for which ample training is provided.

If it sounds like a lot, it is.  And the rewards of working so long and hard are incredible!  For many of the students, this is their first time spending time in the woods, their first time away from home in an outdoor setting and, their first exposure to many things.  Introducing kids to new places, new ideas, new science, and new experiences is thrilling.  Kids who have a hard time in a traditional classroom often thrive in this setting and thereby discover the joy of learning.  And the students, though they are demanding, give you energy with their boundless depths of creativity, ingenuity, cleverness, silliness and love of life.  The demands and the rewards are both high.


If you think you’ve got what it takes, if you love working with kids and you would love teaching them about how the Earth works, please contact us.

First read

T.R.E.E. Programs: A Commitment to Quality Education

Earthkeepers Program Description

Part-time Earth Educator (Day Program) Job Description

Then email, fax or mail your cover letter and resume to the number or address below.


Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.)
4714 Earhart Blvd., Ste. D, New Orleans, LA 70125
504-525-9020 (phone)    504-525-9025 (fax)

T.R.E.E. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in employment or in its programs or activities.


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