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FBES Ecology Educators
FBES is enormously proud of our teaching staff. We hire 16 Ecology Educators each fall and spring, including graduates and undergraduates from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, including the natural sciences, humanities and education. We've also partnered with EarthCorps, an AmeriCorps affiliate, which provides environmental service and conservation opportunities to emerging environmental leaders from more than 60 countries.

Our educators are hired for their enthusiasm, energy, and past experience working with children. All staff receives background checks and extensive training in the art and method of teaching children in the out-of-doors. Check out below to find out more about our current educators.

Spring 2014 Educators


Ryan Barry (Scarborough, MA) – BA (2013) in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. Since graduating, he interned with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation as well as Meister Consultants Group, a sustainability consulting firm in Boston, MA. This fall, Ryan spent six weeks backpacking through Europe. His previous travels include a semester abroad in Costa Rica, where he lived with a local family. Ryan enjoys playing guitar and soccer. He is excited to begin his first term as an educator at The Ecology School. 

Tess Beem

Tess Beem (Yarmouth, ME) – BA (2013) in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. Tess is very excited to continue her environmental education career, combining her love for kid and the outdoors. Last summer she held a position facilitating programs in NYC that focused on exposing urban youth to the natural resources found in their back yards and neighborhoods. Tess is thrilled to continue working in her home state in such a rewarding field. She is more than ready to breathe some fresh air, get lost in the woods, and explore the beach at The Ecology School.


Tyler Core (Milton, DE) – BA (2011) in Philosophy and English from the University of Delaware. Growing up in Annapolis, MD on the Chesapeake Bay, he developed a passion for his coastal surroundings.  Tyler loves learning more about the world around him and exploring the outdoors as much as he can.  After living and working in Shenandoah National Park, he found a new love for travel, and especially hiking, which he’s taken with him wherever he goes.  When he’s not planning his next adventure, he enjoys sports, listening to music and eating delicious food.  His last four summers were spent as a day camp counselor in Delaware State Parks, and he’s looking forward to bringing his experience to the coast of Maine!


Allison Bolger (Sparta, NJ) BA (2013) in Geology from Colby College.  Having spent the past 9 months away, Ally is super excited to return to the great state of Maine where she enjoyed her college years!  After graduation, Ally pursued her passion for outdoor education, leading long distance bike tours for high school-aged students down the Pacific Coast and ski instructing at her hometown mountain in Vernon, NJ.  In between, she spent the fall bike touring through Germany and Italy with her twin sister.  Having spent many summers exploring nearby Biddeford Pool’s beaches, rock outcrops and tidal pools, Ally is excited to share her love for the environment and zest for life with others; she hopes to spark in kids a similar sense of curiosity, discovery and desire to learn. In her free time, Ally enjoys skiing in all forms, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and baking whoopie pies! 


Evan Elderbrock (Outreach Specialist) (Madison, WI) – BA (2012) in Geology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. Evan loves to explore all types of environments: desert, reef, boreal forest, rainforest, you name it. He is always eager to unravel the biological and geological mysteries held within each unique landscape. You will find that Evan often needs to stretch his legs by playing any number of sports or going for a hike, bike ride or paddle. When the weather is just right, Evan really enjoys cooking a great meal sitting around chatting with friends. Evan is thrilled to be returning to The Ecology School community this spring!




Victoria Klima (Milford, MA)BS (2007) in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Vicky has always been fascinated equally by both the ocean and forests in New England. She has travelled through the Panama Canal and across the equator in a 547 ft. vessel; gone out to sea in the North Atlantic on commercial fishing boats and paddled whitewater rapids in Northern Maine in a 17 ft. canoe. Her adventures are inspired by a desire to learn as much as possible about the natural world around her and to then share that knowledge with others. Teaching outdoor education is the adventure Vicky currently finds herself fascinated with, having spent numerous summers as a canoe guide and a fall season teaching New England outdoor education. Vicky is very excited to be part of the Spring 2014 Ecology School staff. 


Deborah Lyon (Canandaigua, NY)BS (1986) in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and AAS (2007) in natural resources conservation from Finger Lakes Community College.  Debbie is a civil engineer-turned-environmental educator.  She spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in Guatemala and two years teaching elementary school in Belize.  Debbie is a tri-athlete who enjoys canoeing and kayaking.  She loves music, especially singing and playing guitar.  She is looking forward to returning to the FBES team this fall. 

Lucy Miner

Lucy Miner (Seattle, WA) – BA (2012) in Geology from Macalester College in Minnesota.  Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Lucy has always loved spending time outside with other people.  Her passions for smiling, eating vegetables with friends, playing music, and enjoying quality time in nature keep her content.  If you want someone to join you in a game or active play, she will rarely turn that down.  Lucy is excited to return to The Ecology School this spring as she loves working with kids and getting them interested in science and our planet.    


Austin Muir (Lapeer, MI) – BA (2013) in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University. 
Austin’s love for the outdoors grew at a young age, exploring on his family's farm.  Throughout college, Austin worked as a professional river guide in Pennsylvania and a trip leader in Colorado.  After college, Austin worked as a middle school and elementary school teacher in Chicago and Detroit.  At any given time, you can find him laughing, working out, chit-chatting, hunting, meeting new people, hangin' with his family, cheering for Michigan State, eating, questioning, whistling, and attempting to sing.  Austin is a Michigander at heart, but could not be more excited to teach on the beautiful Maine coastline!


Gabriela Gonzalez Olimon (Baja, CA) – BS (2009) in Biology from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and Indiana State University. Gaby grew up on the Pacific coast of Mexico, exploring since she was a kid in Girl Guides. She loves the fuzzy and the feathered and has worked with bats and endangered California condors promoting the conservation of these less loved creatures. Hiking, rock climbing and camping in forests inspires her to ask questions and learn about the places we live in. Gaby just spent a year working at Grand Canyon National Park as an education ranger, where she taught about ecology and geology and hiked down into the canyon with groups of kids to explore fossil beds. She can´t wait to cook Mexican for the rest of her team and explore the Northeast for the first time in her life!


Kristen O'Hara (Santa Fe, NM) – BS (2009) in Biology from the University of New Mexico. Coming from a childhood full of exploring the mountains and deserts in New Mexico, Kristen was (and is) inspired to learn how to share the awesomeness of the environment through outdoor exploration with students. After interning with Acadia National Park this summer, she was impressed by the spectacular coastlines and dense forests of Maine and vowed she would return! Kristen is an avid hiker, a novice birder (especially obsessed with raptors), an experimental cook, a comic book lover and maybe a little too crazy about SciFi. She is, also, really excited to be coming back to Maine and to join the Ecology School team.


Caitlin Peterson (Appleton, WI) - BS (2012) in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Caitlin loves to be outdoors, from the lakes and forests of Wisconsin to studies and travels in the Pacific Northwest, California’s Sierra Nevada, and most recently the beautiful coast of Maine. After a wonderful snowy winter in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, she is excited to return for a second term at the Ecology School. Some of her favorite things include waking up in a tent to watch the sunrise, exploring by bicycle, making music with friends, cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables, and learning new things every day!

Kyle Roddy

Kyle Roddy (Saranac Lake, NY) – BA (2012) in Biology from Macalester College.  Kyle loves to spend his time outside no matter where he is or what the season.  He always ready to go exploring using a canoe, bicycle, scuba tank, hiking boots or snowshoes.  The best kind of adventure, says Kyle, are those that you share with friends, and you'll rarely find him without company.  He aspires to travel the world and explore as many different ecosystems as possible and investigate their mysteries through the lens of science.  Kyle is very excited to share his enthusiasm for nature returning to The Ecology School this spring!


Elizabeth Robbe (Crystal Falls, MI) – BS (2012) in Environmental Science from Marietta College in Marietta, OH. From a young age, Liz has always loved spending time outdoors hiking, swimming, camping, snowboarding, or gardening with her family. Since graduation she has worked a variety of jobs including working on a Predator/Prey Project in her home town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she assisted in trapping and fitting white-tailed deer with radio collars. She has also worked as a naturalist and as an adventure guide along the east coast teaching kids about everything from forest ecology to zip-lining. Liz is very excited about working in a marine environment at The Ecology School this Spring!


Caleb Savage (Bourne, MA) — BS (2012) in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Maine. Caleb grew up with strong faring sea legs, growing up venturing on family sailing trips and exploring the shoreline of Cape Cod.   He can be found adventuring into the wilderness on a long hike, climbing mountains, or kayaking in a remote destination. Caleb recently finished two SCA Internships, the first one down in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as an Environmental Educator. He was a member of the 2013 SCA NH Corps as an Environmental Educator/Interpretive Ranger. Caleb considers Maine a second home, and is eager and grateful for the future experiences while educating students at the Ecology School!


Carole Ryder (Registered Nurse)(Cumberland, ME) – BS (2012) in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine and BA in English from Middlebury College.   She has also been a long-time American Red Cross lifeguard, swim instructor, and a swimming coach. She especially likes looking at birds.  Carole is hoping to get in shape enough to swim the Peaks to Portland race in August 2014 and she will be happy coming in last place!  Carole also looks forward to her third summer of camp nursing this year in between Ecology School semesters.

Rich O'Brien

Rich O'Brien, Proprietor, Pangea Food Service
Rich is from Hull, Massachusetts and is a master in the kitchen. He's has a long history with Ferry Beach and he and his staff have been providing delicious and nutritious meals in our dining hall since 1999! When he's not cooking, Rich enjoys his hobbies — traveling and scuba diving. Rich often incorporates inspirations from his travels into the meals he cooks at FBES!



EEI Hiring Advancement Director

Ecology Education, Inc. (EEI)— a New England regional nonprofit education organization headquartered in Saco, Maine— seeks an Advancement Director to provide vision, direction and strategic leadership for all aspects of EEI’s fundraising, communications and marketing efforts

Please submit a letter expressing your interest along with a current resume and past work examples— which could include collateral materials for a fundraising initiative you led or played a leadership role in executing, a sample of a grant you wrote and were awarded, and a sample of an appeal letter your wrote and any accompanying collateral materials— to Drew Dumsch, Executive Director, Ecology Education, Inc. at drew@theecologyschool.org.  Applications will receive full consideration if received by August 29, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Early to mid-October 2014 is the anticipated start date for this position.  Candidates with questions about the position or search process may contact Drew Dumsch at 207-283-9951 or email at drew@theecologyschool.org.

Please see our Advancement Director position description for more details.

Educator Hiring

We will begin hiring for the fall term  (September – mid November) in May. 

Please see our position description for more details.

Application as a PDF
Application as a Word Document

Please note, due to the volume of applications received we cannot respond to every application. Hiring is done on a rolling basis and continues until positions are filled.  

FBES Directors
Ferry Beach Ecology School was founded in the fall of 1998 by Brad Bradway, Drew Dumsch and Steve Signell (former FBES Director of Staff & Curriculum and author of the FBES Teaching Guide). Together our administrators have more than 50 years experience, and share a passion for teaching and creating effective, innovative environmental education programs.

Drew Dumsch,
Executive Director

Drew Dumsch
(Saco, ME) – MA (1993) University of Tennessee, BA (1990) Kalamazoo College (both degrees in English).  Drew worked as a naturalist in California and Chicago and since 1991 has been an ecologist, naturalist and educator at Ferry Beach.  He founded Ferry Beach Ecology School in 1998, is treasurer of the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) and the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA).  Drew is the affiliate representative to the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE).  When not working to advance the cause of ecology education, Drew spends his time with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Nia and Sophie, on the Nonesuch River behind their house.

Alex Grindle,
Residential Program Director

Alex Grindle
(South Portland, ME) – BA (2001) in Environmental Studies & Politics from Oberlin College.  Alex began her career at Ferry Beach in the spring of 2002 as a naturalist and stepped into an administrative position in January of 2004. At FBES, she is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the residential program and hiring and supervising the educators.  She spends her summers at a camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.  Some of the things she finds herself doing in her free time include: enjoying being outside in just about any capacity (beekeeping, swimming and gardening are her current passions), reading (especially if it is young adult literature), tap dancing or cooking scrumptious meals with her husband, Peter.

Meg Edstrom,
Outreach Director

Meg Edstrom
(Portland, ME) – MEd (2004) in Elementary Education from the University of Maine.  BA (2001) in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University. Meg grew up in The Silverware Capitol of the US, Rhode Island, but has been roosting in Maine for over 10 years.  Meg has taught in many settings; on mountains, along rivers, in the classroom and at the beach.  Meg has a passion for dirt and if she had to pick a favorite soil type it would be clay.  When she’s not communing with nature Meg can be found eating nuts, watching movies or training to be Wonder Woman at her gym.  Starting her FBES career as a naturalist in the spring of 2007 she quickly joined the FBES administrative team in the role of Outreach Director, coordinating SELU’s multi-year field trips and school visits, in addition to FBES’s summer and vacation camps.  Meg can also be found dashing around in the FBES Prius, presenting FBES workshops at regional and national conferences.

John Ibsen,
Assistant Director
& Food For Thought Coordinator

John Ibsen
(Alfred, ME) – BS (2007) in Environmental Studies and Forestry from the University of Vermont. As Assistant Director, he works with Alex to oversee the day to day operations of the Residential Program and coordinates the Food for Thought Program. He has blended his passion for forestry and woodworking as the proprietor of Quercus Woodworking which specializes in wooden spoons with a natural history. As a permaculture designer John enjoys finding solutions in problems to build more resilient and sustainable food systems and is currently working to make his home in Alfred a self-sustaining homestead.

Krysta Zambroski,
Creative Director
krysta zambroski
(Alfred, ME)BS (2007) in Environmental Studies with a focus in experiential education at the University of Vermont.  After spending the first part of her life in the “other” two northern New England states, Krysta finally realized Maine is the way life should be, and is currently homesteading with a hunky Viking and nineteen chickens.  KAZ (as she is affectionately known) is our resident legacy, having attended FBES first as an 8th grade student, then as a FBES naturalist and finally as part of Team Admin.  As Creative Director and Lead Educator, Krysta spends her time designing marketing pieces, managing the website, photographing lessons and teaching day programs.  In her free time, KAZ likes to explore the environs surrounding her large estate, and bake delicious gluten-free treats for the poor unfortunates who can’t enjoy her more scrumptious fare.