ECO full and part time teachers

Website North Branch Nature Center

We have a full and part time openings for ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) Teachers to join our education team at NBNC. The starting pay is $17 – $18 per hour, commensurate with experience. The position is 30 to 40 hours per week for 30 weeks, starting August 30, 2021. The  ECO Teacher works with the Director of Education and the ECO staff on developing and implementing ECO in area public schools. The ECO staff advance NBNC’s mission of Connecting People with the Natural World by providing informative and experiential programs for schools participating in ECO in central Vermont. The ECO Teacher will promote best practices of nature-based educational programming.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Lead teachers and students weekly on ECO outings.
Work as a team member to support all areas of whole-child development and promote a nature- and place-based approach to learning.
Develop, write, and implement lesson plans that align with the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core and additional objectives as determined collaboratively with classroom teachers.
Adhere to all NBNC and the host schools safety protocols, and manage risk in an outdoor setting.
Perform safety assessments in determined outdoor classrooms.
Uphold NBNC’s commitment to promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI).
Provide a supportive, inclusive and accessible outdoor learning environment for all children.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities

Attend education staff meetings that focus on students, curriculum, and reflection.
Observe and document student learning.
Contribute to the preparation and implementation of other ECO-related events and activities at NBNC.
Required Qualifications

BA in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, or significant relevant experience in environmental education.
Experience and interest in working with children in an outdoor environment.
Values the natural world and has knowledge of local natural history.
Willingness to teach in all Vermont weather conditions.
Professional training in nature-based education, place-based education, community science or outdoor education.
Wilderness First Aid certification, or First Aid and CPR, or be willing to obtain before the school year starts on Sept. 7, 2021.
Preferred Skills and Education

Desired Qualifications

Experience, knowledge, or professional training in anti-bias education.
Knowledge of local Indigenous culture and heritage.
Experience with storytelling, singing, and nature-inspired art in daily teaching routine.
Proficiency in outdoor skills such as fire tending, tool use, and knot tying.
Experience performing risk benefit assessments and seasonal site assessments.

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