Recognized as one of the "World's Best Places to Stay" and as the #9 "Top Small Hotels in the U.S.A.", both by Conde Nast Traveler, Greyfield Inn is an exceptional one-of-a-kind estate offering elegant accommodations to a limited number of guests. Greyfield is a fifteen guest room, full-service, family-owned, and managed hotel located on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Cumberland Island’s incredibly rich history goes back at least 4000 years beginning with the Native Americans and continuing through the Carnegie era. An exotic location with a history rich in culture & American pride, there are few getaway spots on par with Greyfield Inn. Located on Georgia's largest & southernmost barrier island, Cumberland Island, Greyfield and the island are places of solitude & wonder, accessible only by ferry or small plane. Cumberland Island has extraordinary opportunities for bird watching, fishing, hiking (50+ miles of trails), and kayaking in the surrounding tidal salt marsh habitat.
As a naturalist at Greyfield, you will be responsible for providing an exceptional experience for guests rooted in natural and cultural history education and environmental conservation.
- Natural and Cultural History education programs/tours in local flora and fauna and cultural history of Cumberland Island
- Manage and conduct weekly oyster roasts for guests (typically September through May + other special occasions/events)
- Basic maintenance and cleaning of related equipment (naturalist vehicles, kayaks, fishing gear, bicycles)
- As a member of the Greyfield team, there are occasions/events when the naturalist assists with misc tasks
- 12-month minimum work commitment contract
- Valid driver’s license
- Vaccinated against COVID
- B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife or related field
- Working knowledge of: native flora and fauna identification, coastal ecosystem dynamics, environmental conservation
- Kayaking knowledge and skills
- Fishing knowledge and skills
- CPR, First Aid Certification
- Outgoing personality – Strong communication and leadership skills – Abundant enthusiasm
- The position requires naturalists to live on the island. Due to our unique situation and limited housing, we are unable to accommodate spouses/children/partners/pets
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
- Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, humidity, and bugs
- Ability to lead early morning and evening programs
- Cumberland Island: A History by Mary R Bullard
- The Torres Report by Louis Torres
- The Ecology of Cumberland Island National Seashore by Hilburn Hillstead
- Cumberland Island National Seashore: Assessment of Archeological and Historical Resources by John Ehrhard
Housing and meals provided
The Naturalist will live in staff housing.
Ferry rides to and from the island
Our ferry travels between Cumberland Island and Fernandina Beach three times daily. No stores on the island. Parking for a personal vehicle is provided on the mainland.
Health, Dental, Life Insurance (after 2 months employment)
Paid 2-week vacation (after 12 months employment)