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Director of Development
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, a leading environmental education provider for the Philadelphia region, seeks a Director of Development to guide its fundraising efforts and manage a small but active development department. Founded in 1965 as the nation’s first urban nature center, the center’s 340-acre preserve is the site for a diverse array of school and public programs that reach thousands of people annually, preschoolers through adult.

Candidates must be strategic thinkers with at least six years of fundraising experience and demonstrated results in annual fund and major gift solicitation, membership, capital campaigns, and planned giving. This is a full-time salaried position with a range of benefits including vacation, health, dental, vision and retirement. The salary is commensurate with experience. Position reports to the Executive Director, serves on the leadership team, and starts immediately.

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Nature Preschool Part-Time Teacher (1 position)
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, a leading environmental education provider for the Philadelphia region, seeks a passionate and energetic preschool teacher to engage our Nature Preschool students in meaningful and innovative learning experiences in nature. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in a progressive preschool as well as experience in, and a passion for, using nature as a context for learning.

This is a part time position for approx. 20 hours per week September through mid-June with the potential for extra hours for substituting and with the summer program (mid-June – mid-August).

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Nature Preschool Part-Time Substitute Teacher (during the year as needed)
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, a leading environmental education provider for the Philadelphia region, seeks a passionate and energetic substitute preschool teacher. The ideal candidate will have a passion for early childhood education as well as experience or interest in using nature as an opportunity for discovery and learning.

This is a part-time position throughout the year providing coverage for vacation, sick, planning, and holiday time for current staff. Candidates should be available from 9 am to 6 pm (providing coverage for different shifts depending on need). The Nature Preschool substitute needs to be flexible and available on both long-term and short term notice. Position reports to the preschool manager.

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The Schuylkill Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Become a Volunteer!

Volunteering at the Schuylkill Center is fun and rewarding. You’ll learn new skills and make new friends, all while supporting our mission of connecting people with nature. Whether your passion is nature, wildlife, education or art; whether you want to work outside or are a whiz with a computer; whether you want to volunteer a few hours a month or once a week -- there’s a meaningful volunteer opportunity to suit.

For general volunteer inquiries, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Claire Morgan, at 215-482-7300 ext. 120 or

Or, here’s a sampling of volunteer opportunities by program and department.

Land Stewardship & Native Plant Nursery

Work outside on the land, to help us preserve the habitat quality of our woodlands, meadows, ponds, and streams. Join us for our regular Restoration Volunteer Workdays on the third Saturday morning of each month in the spring, summer and fall. Tasks include care and maintenance of native plants within our restoration sites, removal of invasive species, maintaining deer fence, and trail upkeep. Remember to dress in layers, wear sturdy boots, and bring bottled water. Water refills and snacks are provided to participants.

Attention gardeners! Our nursery is always looking for new volunteers to help pot plants for our seasonal plant sales. Volunteers are needed during the week from March to September. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other native plant enthusiasts and pick up some gardening tips.

Contact Melissa Nase at (215) 482-7300 ext. 144 or

Senior Environmental Corps

Senior Environmental Corps programs (SEC) enlist senior citizens as active stewards of our environment. The Schuylkill Center’s SEC meets monthly to monitor stream health and water quality at local streams in the Schuylkill River watershed. They are also dedicated to environmental education, and regularly volunteer with the annual Philadelphia County Envirothon competition for high school students.

Contact Claire Morgan at (215) 482-7300 ext. 120 or

Environmental Education

The Center’s education department is in constant need of extra hands to assist with daily projects and programs like our Watershed Education and Stewardship Workshops (conducted off-site), maintaining and organizing teaching materials, caring for bird boxes, assisting with SCEE’s Bird Census’ (January and June), and staffing special events like Halloween Hikes and the Philadelphia County Envirothon.

Contact Gail Farmer at (215) 482-7300 ext. 129 or

Wildlife Rehabilitation

The Schuylkill Center's wildlife clinic is a state and federally licensed facility that treats injured native birds, reptiles and mammals. The clinic is staffed by professional, certified wildlife rehabbers, but relies heavily on a team of dedicated volunteers to help care for over 3,000 wild animals per year. No experience is necessary to volunteer, but volunteers must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be willing to work at least one 4-hour shift per week (The shifts are 8:00 am - noon, noon - 4:00 pm, and 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm daily)
  • Have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination
  • Attend one clinic volunteer orientation
The wildlife clinic is not accepting new volunteers at this time. Please check back often for future opportunities.


If you have writing, graphic design or computer skills – or just a pair of free hands – our administrative offices can use your help. Tasks vary and can include: conducting market research, coordinating and staffing special member and fundraising events, publication layout, data entry, and assisting with direct mailings.

Please contact Claire Morgan, Volunteer Coordinator, at (215) 482-7300 x.120 or

Special Events

Like people and parties? Help us out with one of our special events, like our Earth Day festival, Naturepalooza or our holiday craft festival, Winterfest. Typical activities include working with children to make crafts or lead a hike, encouraging people to become a member of the Schuylkill Center, and assisting with the needs of guests. Volunteers work directly with the Center’s staff; snacks and meals are provided during the events.

Contact Claire Morgan at (215) 482-7300 ext.120 or

Environmental Art

Our cutting edge environmental art program incites curiosity and sparks awareness of the natural environment through art. If you are a people-person, you could help with opening receptions and other special events. If you're more hands-on, you could work directly with artists to fabricate and install artwork on the trails. Or help behind the scenes, with organizing, design, printing, and research projects in the art office.

Contact Christina Catanese at (215) 482-7300 ext. 111 or


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