- Mentor children ages 2-6 in nature connection using nature-based mentoring
- Inspire children to find their unique gifts through their connection with nature
- Ensure the safety of all participants
- Serve as a positive role model for through a true passion for learning outdoors in all weather and all seasons
- Support children’s basic physical needs throughout the day
- Support the setup and cleanup of gear, including transport
- Attend and positively contribute towards high quality planning and debrief sessions
- Report to the Program Director and Director of Safety & Operations
Schedule and Hours (25-30 hours per week)
- Assist in teaching our forest kindergarten program, “Little River Otters,” on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Assist or lead our “By-the-Sea” indoor parent-child program on Monday and Friday mornings from 9 to noon.
- Lead summer programs for ages 4-6 for four weeks, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Lead birthday parties one weekend day per month.
- Assist in other programs as needed.
- A minimum of an Associate Degree in early childhood education, child development, developmental psychology or related field. Bachelor's degree preferred.
- Preschool teacher certification from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
- The physical and mental wherewithal to teach happily outdoors, in all places and all weather conditions
- Developing proficiency in the diverse species and skills of the natural world along the New England coast including but not limited to hazards, mammals, plants, ecological indicators, trees & birds, as well as naturalist skills, tracking, wild edible & medicinal plants, caretaking, aidless navigation, ecology, wilderness survival and bird language
- Basic proficiency as a storyteller, as a song leader, and/or in the arts
- Commitment to joyful, hard work, positive attitudes and peacemaking
- Participation in at least one Art of Mentoring event, familiarity with Coyote's Guide, and/or Kamana Naturalist Training.
- Positive response to directives and feedback for growth
- Self-directed while also working joyfully in a collaborative team environment
- Self-motivated, accountable and have strong organizational skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
- Passionately engage and motivate children in developmentally appropriate activities
- Passionately help students process and harvest the teachings of all experiences
- Certified in First Aid and CPR. Wilderness First Aid preferred
- Must be 21 years or older and agree to a background check.
Hours, Salary & Schedule
Compensation is competitive and based on experience and qualifications. This is a year-round position of approximately 25-30 hours per week.
Position will remain open until filled. Ideal start date is sometime in February.
54R Merrimac St.
Newburyport, MA 01950