Forest Kindergarten & Early Childhood Educator

BOAT CAMP Nature School instructors endeavor to spark the fire of lifelong nature connection in all students enrolled in our nature-based education programs. Through an authentic passion for the wild outdoorsboth land and seawe look for caring, compassionate, enthusiastic people who are deeply connected to nature and wish to inspire and nurture the same in others. Above all else, BCNS instructors must love to be outdoors in all weather in all seasons in all landscapes with youth of all ages.


  • 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.

Desired Qualifications

  • 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.

To apply, complete  an employment application and return by email with your resume to

Position will remain open until filled. Ideal start date is sometime in February.

Newburyport, Massachusetts
BOAT CAMP Nature School

54R Merrimac St.
Newburyport, MA 01950