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Summer Program Educator

 

Lunch is best cooked over a campfire.

Tracking a deer is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Kids covered in mud have more fun.

Science is better experienced than heard about.

 

If the above statements make sense to you, and you want to spend some time connecting people to themselves, to their peers, and to the natural world, we hope you will apply to be a Program Educator with the Rewilding School! The Rewilding School connects both kids and adults to the natural world through hands-on natural living skills. Our schedule runs year-round including summer day programs, forest preschool, homeschool classes, afterschool classes, adult workshops, and birthday parties. Classes are taught in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties to a wide audience including families, preschoolers, school-age kids, teens and adults.

 

Position Overview

 

Program Educators are the critical link that opens the doors to the outside for our program participants. Each educator gets to bring their creativity and passion to their classes while working outside in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the Hudson Valley. Summer Program Educators work 8AM-4PM, Monday through Friday, for nine weeks in Croton-on-Hudson and Somers, NY. This year's themes include Woodland Wizardry, Shipwrecked Pirates, Zombie Survival, Hunter Gatherers, Magic Forest and Stone Age Tinkerers.

 

Required Qualifications (Assistant):

  • Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting either through summer camp, residential outdoor program, scouts or other organized program

  • Strong passion for the natural world and the ability to share that passion with program participants

  • First aid & CPR Certification, or ability to acquire it prior to their start date

  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers and supervisors to achieve the goals of the program

  • Basic knowledge of common New York State flora & fauna

  • Flexibility and the ability to deal with the unexpected changing nature of outdoor activities and children

  • Ability to carry bulky, heavy, teaching equipment (up to 35lb) over a distance of up to 2 miles

  • Available to work June 29-August 28, 2020

           

Required Qualifications (Lead):

  • Minimum 2 years experience working with youth in an outdoor setting either through summer camp, residential outdoor program, scouts or other organized program

  • Strong passion for the natural world and the ability to share that passion with program participants

  • First aid & CPR Certification, or ability to acquire it prior to their start date

  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers and supervisors to achieve the goals of the program

  • Working knowledge of New York State flora & fauna and ability to apply that knowledge through crafts and games

  • Flexibility and the ability to deal with the unexpected changing nature of outdoor activities and children

  • Ability to carry bulky teaching equipment (up to 20lb) over a distance of up to 2 miles

  • Ability to follow through with work commitments

 

Preferred Qualifications (Lead and Assistant):

  • Prior experience in Plant Identification in the North East

  • Prior experience with ancestral living skills of friction fire, knife safety, basket weaving, and shelter building

  • Prior experience using "coyote mentoring" teaching models

  • One or more of the following: Musical ability (guitar, song, drums, etc); or Artistic ability (pottery, painting, drawing, weaving, wood carving, etc) or Experience in theater or storytelling or Experience with team building and large group games

 

Responsibilities (Lead and Assistant):

  • Ensure the safety of all program participants

  • Connect kids to the natural world, to each other, and to themselves through original nature-based activities

  • Check in participants at the start of each program and make sure children get picked up by the appropriate adult at the end of the day

  • Create a community where everyone is emotionally, physically, and socially safe

  • Maintain an open and constructive dialogue with the Executive Director and with coworkers concerning the workings and progress of the program

  • Grow as a teacher and mentor through the development of new content, self-reflection and professional development workshops

  • Assist with standard duties including inventory and maintenance of equipment and supplies; grounds maintenance; the gathering of craft supplies; and the preparation of program materials

Job Type: Temporary

Salary: $13.00 to $17.00/hour

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $13.00 to $17.00/hour

Additional Compensation: Tips

Work Location: Multiple locations

Employment Length: 1-3 months

Open to applicants under 18 years old, provided it is legally allowed for the job and location. A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education. Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma.

 

Qualified Applicants should send their cover letter, résumé, and contact information for 3 references to the Executive Director, Eric Stone, at eric@rewildingschool.com.