Woolman is a nonprofit educational community located on 230 acres in the Sierra Nevada Foothills dedicated to the principles of peace, justice and sustainability. Originally founded in 1963 as a Quaker high school, Woolman now offers educational programs for teens, retreats for adults, and summer camps for children and families including The Woolman Semester, a 4-month residential education program in northern California for passionate young people who want to make a difference. www.woolman.org. Woolman is an equal opportunity employer.
Environmental Science Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator
Description of Position
The Environmental Science teacher is responsible for the design and implementation of the Environmental Science curriculum. Although each teacher brings their own twist to the curriculum, the class is currently being taught through giving students the opportunity to analyze and examine sustainability principles and ecosystem functions through immersion in the living laboratory of our campus. Students investigate environmental topics by applying principles from ecology, psychology, sociology, economics and history. The goal is for each student to realize a stronger understanding and connection to the natural world by developing the place-based skills and knowledge of a naturalist.
• Live on campus
• Participate fully in table fellowship at Woolman, including preparation, dining, and cleaning
• Work with students to develop critical thinking, research, writing and presentation skills through self-designed curriculum.
• Strengthen Farm to Forest educational stewardship initiative
• Work with students on sustainability projects
• Plan and lead the Food Intensive Trip
• Serve as an advisor and parent liaison to a portion of the students
• Available to students and office hours for help with major assignments
• Occasional Friday evening check-in and “Documentary Movie Night”
• Co-facilitate Wilderness Trip and Retreat Week with other core teachers
• Serve as mentors to interns
• Take an active role in Woolman Semester outreach
• Attend all meetings including community meeting, program meeting, student updates meeting and staff meeting,
The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for promoting sustainability initiatives on the 230 acre Woolman campus and developing Woolman as a model of environmental stewardship. This position works in conjunction with the maintenance staff, the Farm to Table Manager, the faculty and the head of school
• Develop a strategic 5-year plan for land stewardship and energy use in collaboration with the Head of School and Board.
• Serve as an active member of the Building and Grounds Committee
• Initiate strategies for energy conservation in collaboration with maintenance staff.
• Apply Permaculture design principles to decision-making and all projects.
• Seek grants to support environmental stewardship and education at Woolman.
• Promote Woolman as a model of environmental stewardship via publications and outreach activities.
This position is more a full life job rather than 40 hours/week. Teachers fully participate in community life, which means often doing community-wide activities that do not take place during the normal 40-hour week.
Ability to hike 5 miles with a 40lb pack
Ability to lift 50 lbs overhead
Ability to drive a full size van filled with teenagers
Ability to pass a TB test
Qualifications and Skills
At least 3 years teaching experience
Bachelors degree in Environmental related field
Drivers license and clean driving record
Ability to pass a Back Ground Check
Experience working with teenagers in residential/overnight setting
Experience planning and leading weeklong overnight trips for teenagers
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Masters degree in Environmental related field
Teaching certification or masters degree in Education
Certifications: CPR, Lifeguard, WFR, WEMT, EMT
Experience in living in community valued highly.
Experience with Quaker process and ethics valued highly
Experience with Nonviolent Communication.
Ability to speak Spanish