Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with other education staff to custom -build experiential science programs for schools
• Develop and present indoor and outdoor ecology programs for students in preschool through middle school, and occasional high school programs, including after-school series programs
• Cultivate students’ science process skills and ecological literacy
• Travel to school sites to instruct programs
• Participate in maintaining the Get Outside Center as a functioning and welcoming facility, including routine organizing, and occasional animal care or simple maintenance tasks, and welcoming guests to the center
•Other relevant tasks as needed
•Undergraduate or advanced degree in education or environmental field, or equivalent experience
•2 or more years experience teaching children in classroom and/or field settings, or experience as a field naturalist or biologist along with a natural affinity for education
•Experience teaching in depth, cumulative science skills and natural history, ideally using essential questions and adapting lessons to students’ ideas, interests, skills, and spontaneous events in nature.
•Willingness to relinquish some predictability and control in favor of authentic student voice and genuine inquiry
• Trust in children’s ability to construct learning and meaning for themselves with guidance, and ability to provide flexible enough learning experiences to allow them to do so
•Comfort handling small, harmless wildlife, including insects, reptiles, and amphibians, including snakes
•Strong interest or background in New England natural history
• A supportive and non-punitive approach to group and behavior management
•Ability to carry up to 30 pounds, and to walk uphill on or off trails up to 4 miles a day, in all weather
•Willingness to work flexible hours, including some early days, beginning as early as 7am upon occasion, and some long days (up to 12 hours on occasion)
•Strong concern for the natural environment and an interest in working towards its protection by educating young people
•Reliable vehicle with ample empty space for transporting teaching equipment
•Current First Aid / CPR (required) and Lifeguard (preferred) certifications or willingness to acquire these at own expense
Starting pay is $14-$16 per hour depending on education and experience level. Flexible schedule, supportive work environment, unique programming, time outdoors, and dedicated, passionate colleagues. The Kestrel office is located in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing why you are interested in Kestrel specifically, and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to firstname.lastname@example.org.