Ecology Program Insructor
Fall Seasonal Program Instructor
Program Instructors work with a small team to design and lead outdoor science adventures for kids in K-12th grade at sites throughout the North Shore. We teach natural science through direct, student centered investigations in the natural world, and creative projects. All our programs are focused on original observations, thoughtful understanding, and students’ ideas. They range from one - day adventures with schools to ongoing afterschool series programs and vacation camps. We are silly and playful and also very serious about learning and teaching.
Dates and Hours
This position is for one season, from approximately September 16-November 22. Fall instructors are often invited to extend their position through the spring and summer as well. The position is approximately 25 hours per week in the fall, and generally is full time in the spring and summer. The specific work hours and days are somewhat flexible, but you must be available during school and afterschool hours on at least 3 days each week throughout the entire teaching season.
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
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
Ironclad dependability - If you say you will teach a series of classes or a season of programs, it is essential that you are absolutely able to follow through with the commitment.
NOTE: The Development Officer and the Marketing Associate position can be held by the same person, assuming experience and interest in both fields
Development Officer, Contract (Part Time)
Become well - grounded in Kestrel’s mission, vision, and work, and continue to stay up to date
Take the lead on the development of a stable base of individual and corporate donors through outreach and coordination of meetings and events
Make asks to potential donors, along with Founder / Program Director
Facilitate cultivation and appreciation of existing donors
Develop a business sponsorship program, initiating contact with local businesses and cultivating business leaders as sponsors of Kestrel’s work
Enhance and maintain a donor database to track and communicate with donors and potential donors regularly
Research, write and manage small grants (approximately $3,000-$10,000) in partnership with Program Director
Undergraduate or graduate degree, or comparable experience in non profit development
At least 2 years of experience in successful development of donors, including successful recruitment of donors over $5,000
Proficiency with donor databases
Proficiency with web based communications, mailing lists, and social media
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Comfort with phone and in person conversations, asks, and public speaking
Marketing Associate, Contract (Part Time)
Become well - grounded in Kestrel’s mission, vision and work, and continue to stay up to date
Create a marketing plan leading to increased web presence, marketing pieces, and press, to improve the community visibility of Kestrel and our work
Collect feedback from our stakeholders on current knowledge of our work
Use feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders to inform re-design of current materials, including print pieces, website, and social media presence
Regularly send press releases announcing notable projects, grants, and events, to a wide array of media sources
Disperse marketing materials related to programs and events to our target audiences
Monitor and evaluate success of marketing and awareness campaigns, and adjust materials and efforts as needed
Undergraduate or graduate degree in small business marketing, or comparable experience
Experiences specifically working with very small non profit organizations
At least 2 years related experience
Proficiency with basic design, use of Google platform, social media, and print layout
For Both Positions Above:
Compensation and Logistics:
Competitive Pay, Flexible Hours
Must live in the area and work from the office
Approximately 10 hours per week per position above
Positions above can be combined, for the right person who has a strong background in both positions
Send a resume and cover letter to Jessica@kestreleducation.org
Summer Camp Instructor
Applicants are welcome to apply for only Being Animals, only Survival Rockport, or both. Applicants who apply for and are qualified to teach both will be given preference.
Being Animals Camp for children ages 4-7 (Beverly Farms): The campers spend each morning imagining they are a different local animal and learning to move, eat, relate, and seek shelter like that animal.
Survival Rockport for 7-12 year olds is held in the woods 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 end each day on a public beach that we travel to on foot. 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.
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.
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 4 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
•Undergraduate or advanced degree in education or environmental field, or equivalent experience. College students with the right background and skills will also be considered.
•2 or more seasons 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. Experience teaching children in an outdoor setting is a must.
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 around all forms of local wildlife
• 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 $16-$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 Beverly, Massachusetts. $12 per hour training rate applies for the initial week of training, on your first season only.
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.
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.