Spring Seasonal Program Instructor
Dates and Hours
This position is for one season, from approximately March 18 to June 21, 2019. There may be a possibility to extend through the summer as well. The position is approximately 20-40 hours per week, per diem, depending on the program load in a given week. The specific hours are flexible – your preferences will be taken into account. Most instructors can have full time work from late April through mid June if they wish to.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with other education staff to custom -build experiential science programs for schools
• Facilitate indoor and outdoor ecology programs for students in preschool through high school programs, with an emphasis on upper elementary grades
• Cultivate students’ science process skills and ecological literacy; mentoring them to ask and answer questions, and to use direct observation, analytical thinking, and collaborative design to do so
• Maintain excellent group management and build a strong learning culture that values ideas, creativity, real science, and inclusion
• Care for student physical and emotional safety in indoor and outdoor settings
• Travel to school sites to instruct programs, in your own vehicle
• Participate fully in preparation and breakdown of programming materials, and thorough group debrief of each day of classes
•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 field biologist along with a natural affinity for education and a high comfort level instructing groups of young children
•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, amphibians, and reptiles.
•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 (though we rarely walk more than a mile on any school program)
•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, and a clean driver’s license
• Ability to effectively complete tasks effectively
• Ability to teach and make decisions as part of a collaborative teams
• Enthusiasm for the process of teaching and willingness to be a reflective educator, constantly fine tuning your skills and lesson plans and working with colleagues to give and receive honest feedback
•Current First Aid / CPR (required) and Lifeguard (preferred) certifications or willingness to acquire these at own expense
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 email@example.com
About Kestrel: Kestrel Educational Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of our office in Beverly, Massachusetts. We offer place-based natural science adventures for schools, camps, and the general public. Our participants learn through direct experiences in the local natural world, guided by qualified instructors with flexible plans. We believe in building a better and more sustainable world through excellent, student – centered natural science education. Our program instructors guide children in developing their abilities to make and share original discoveries and understand complex natural systems. We believe that everyone should develop their own values through experience, and that this is the most powerful route to sustainability and conservation action. We teach everyone that they should wander, explore, touch, imagine, and live in the natural world. Silliness, muddiness, and storytelling are as much a part of our day as collecting and analyzing data. In addition to our school programs, we operate summer camps including a young naturalists and storytelling camp in Beverly Farms, and a primitive survival camp in Rockport. Kestrel is a very small organization with an excellent and dedicated group of staff and volunteers. Because of our small size, we do not have any full time, year round positions available, or any staff housing facilities. We do have a great place to work and lots of opportunities to learn. And chocolate.