Job Description: The Preschool Teacher must possess a love of nature and teaching outdoors with children ages 2.9 to 7 years old. The teacher works with a team of educators to implement a multi-sensory, hands-on/minds-on, nature-based science curriculum; incorporating emergent language and math experiences along with creative arts, music, cooking and the development of social skills. The majority of each day is spent outdoors, exploring the 67 acre wildlife sanctuary with the preschoolers. The teacher maintains clear communication with the Lead Teacher to ensure developmentally appropriate teaching practices/activities are being implemented. The teacher will connect with families, assist the Lead Teacher as needed, and maintain a warm, professional relationship with children, their parents and caregivers.
- Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for young children in both indoor and outdoor settings
- Develop and implement a curriculum that reflects the needs of the children, the standards for early childhood education and the mission of Mass Audubon.
- Follow Pathways to Nature Preschool Behavior Management Plan and all other preschool regulations.
- Enhance the physical space by putting up class created art, emergent language poems, emergent math charts and graphs, photographs of wildlife, murals and other learning centers that reflect a nature-based curriculum
- Help maintain the physical environment by contributing to housekeeping tasks as needed
- Spend 2 or more hours daily outdoors with the students during all seasons, except in high winds, extreme cold, rain or sleet.
- Maintain schedule as determined by the Preschool Director
Qualifications: EEC Preschool Teacher certification is mandatory. BA or BS in environmental education, biology or earth science, or science education preferred. Familiarity with inquiry-based education and ability to develop curriculum aligned to city and state standards. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work cooperatively and independently required. Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural, linguistic backgrounds and, physical and mental disabilities. Demonstrated interpersonal skills and commitment to helping others grow in understanding of and concern for the environment and people’s relationship to it. Fluency in English/Spanish (or other language) is desirable. Ability to lead walks on trails, current first aid/CPR or willing to obtain, and a valid driver’s license required.
Physical Demands: The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the educator to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position, the educator is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, walk and occasionally run for short distances over even and uneven terrain. The educator is often required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach push/pull, and lift and carry small children. The educator is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination such as basic keyboarding, basic hand tools and instruments, operating office equipment and operating a motor vehicle. The educator must have sufficient vision to read documents and children’s literature for general understanding and analytical purposes. In the field the educator is required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical, detailed purposes in order to create teachable moments for young children. Occasionally it is necessary for the educator to differentiate between colors. Applicant must be able to lift 40 pounds.
Please submit letter of interest and resume to:
Jean Dorcus, Preschool Director
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. With more than 100,000 members, we care for 32,000 acres of conservation land, provide 200,000 educational programs annually, and advocated for sound environmental policies. We are the largest conservation organization in New England with a statewide network of 43 wildlife sanctuaries, which serves as the base of our conservation, education, and advocacy work. To support these important efforts, call 1-800-Audubon (283-8266) or visit www.massaudubon.org.
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126