Employment

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


Qualifications

•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

Summer Camp Instructor

This position is for one summer, from June 24 to August 9th, plus an additional week of training and prep before the summer camp begins. For the specific dates of each program, please check our website. We have two different camp programs occurring sequentially. We will consider applicants who want to teach both camps, or who want to teach only one. The first two weeks are Being Animals Camp for children ages 4-7, held at a school in Beverly indoors and out on the trails. The campers spend each morning imagining they are a different local animal and learning to move, eat, relate, and seek shelter like that animal. Being Animals is a half day program. The last four weeks are Survival Rockport for 7-12 year olds, held in the woods in Rockport, away from any buildings or plumbing. The campers spend their full day out learning survival skills and naturalist skills in our unique story based, playful, student-led format. While the campers are allowed a lot of freedom and responsibility and are allowed to use knives and fire, and come away with significant skills, there is also a lighthearted and playful feel to the program. We are in the wilderness and we are learning to eat wild foods and survive, but we are rarely uncomfortable, and we do bring some modern conveniences, including s’mores. We end each day on a public beach that we travel to on foot. The Survival Rockport camp is staffed in the field by only two instructors, so they need to be comfortable managing all kinds of challenges and situations, administering first aid, and serving as open water lifeguards.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with other instructor/ Program Director to help design and deliver nature based adventure camp programs

  • Facilitate holistic programs that are more than a collection of activities and that are thoughtfully and intentionally designed to progress logically throughout the week and to be meaningful

  • Facilitate group building activities throughout the week, building a strong and cohesive team that values everyone’s voices, ideas, and needs

  • Serve as a mentor to campers, getting to know them as individuals and supporting their needs

  • Lead up to 5 miles of hiking per day (at Survival Rockport)

  • Administer first aid as needed for injuries and illness, and document all care given

  • Serve as a lifeguard during our daily beach swims.

  • Maintain an environment that balances freedom and safety, with safety being the number one priority

Qualifications

•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 and a high comfort level instructing young children

  • Excellent outdoor and survival skills. You need not possess all survival skills, but we are looking for someone who has something to bring to the table, such as tracking, wild edibles, matchless fires, tool making, shelter construction, knot tying, group building initiatives, or any other valuable outdoor skill

  • Strong swimming and hiking abilities. Must be able to swim well in open water

  • Knowledge of New England Natural History

•Comfort with all forms of local wildlife

• 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

• 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 program)

•Willingness to work as long as 9-10 hours on extra long days, with most days extending 8 hours from 8am-4pm

•Strong concern for the natural environment and an interest in working towards its protection by educating young people     

•Current Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguard Training or willingness to obtain these at own expense: These are an absolute must.

•  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  

Information Common To Posted Positions:

Pay Rate: Starting pay is $15-$18 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. $11 per hour training rate applies for the initial week of training, on your first season only.

To Apply for Either Position:

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 jessica@kestreleducation.org.

Commitment: Dependability and consistency are core to our values and to our community relationships. We are seeking applicants who are ready to commit to the full season and are certain they will be able to articulate their availability for the season accurately.

Kestrel Educational Adventures is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.