Kestrel Educational Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. We offer place-based natural science and ecological literacy support for schools and youth groups. Students learn science through direct experiences in the local natural world, guided by qualified instructors with flexible plans. We believe in building a better and more sustainable world through excellent, student – centered natural science education. Our instructors guide children in developing their abilities to make and share original discoveries and understand complex natural systems. We believe that everyone should develop their own values through experience, and that this is the most powerful route to sustainability and conservation action. We teach children that they should wander, explore, touch, imagine, and live in the natural world. Silliness, muddiness, and storytelling are as much a part of our day as collecting and analyzing data.
Program Coordinator/Educator (30 hours per week, seasonal)
The Program Coordinator/Educator has the opportunity to help transform science education, providing opportunities for authentic connection with the local landscape and wildlife. This position is ideal for a collaborative visionary who is interested in all aspects of program management. The diverse nature of the position allows for opportunities to write meaningful curriculum, work directly with young people, supervise teaching staff, and collaborate with schools. The position involves traveling throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts, an area rich in beautiful woodlands, beaches, and wetlands.
Kestrel currently has no full time, year round staff. It is managed by a Board of Directors and a run with a lot of volunteer work. The position therefore requires a strong ability to work independently as well as to collaborate closely with the Founder, Board of Directors, and other supporters. We are looking to expand the organization’s capacity.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
· Build and maintain relationships with community partners including schools, other organizations, businesses, and general community members
· Lead planning, scheduling and delivery of ecological literacy programs in the classroom and field
· Organize and lead homeschool science classes, and possibly weekend and summer programs
· Develop new activities and programs as needed, in accordance with our philosophy
· Recruit, hire, train, and supervise Program Instructors and Volunteers.
· Network with staff from other community organizations to help integrate programming at schools into the wider community
· Develop familiarity with potential field sites throughout our service area
· Handle and occasionally care for small reptiles and amphibians
· Write monthly updates highlighting program accomplishments
· Maintain simple web based updates
· Oversee bookkeeping and management of program budget
· Outreach and marketing of programs
· Represent Kestrel at public events, including some evening and weekend events
· Collaborate with the Founder, Board of Directors, and Vision Team to keep Kestrel work, mission, and vision aligned
· Assist with program side of grant-writing activities as needed
· Other tasks as needed relating directly to program delivery and development
· Masters or equivalent experience in education or natural sciences preferred. Bachelors or equivalent experience in relevant field considered.
· At least 2 years of formal or informal teaching or program coordinator experience
· Highly skilled in written and oral communication
· Independently motivated and able to work with minimal supervision, as well as collaborative and flexible in working with project partners, supervisors, and other staff.
· Creative thinker
· Understanding of our teaching philosophy of authentic, constructivist, student centered learning. Belief that teaching is a dynamic process in which both students and teacher can learn from one another.
· Understanding of or interest in place- based education
· Deep respect for the ideas and experiences of young people
· Strong interest in or experience with scientific inquiry
· Comfort teaching groups of 10-25 children at a time, and teaching up to 4 classes in a day
· Cheerful, high energy presence with children
· Strong background in New England natural history
· Familiarity with innovative curriculum activities, including artistic activities, role playing, and other experiments in learning.
· Strong concern for the natural environment and an interest in working towards its protection by educating children to love and understand its workings
· Reliable vehicle with ample empty space for transporting animals and equipment
· Current First Aid / CPR certifications or willingness to acquire these
• This position is seasonal, with opportunities for employment throughout the year. The agreement will initially be for employment from March 1-June 15, 2014, part time at approximately 30 hours per week. You would have the freedom to develop enough programs to extend the season, and would receive support from our team in this endeavor.
• We are ideally seeking someone who would like to remain with Kestrel for several years
• The Kestrel office is in Gloucester, MA, walking distance to beautiful Magnolia beach!
• Hours are flexible, seasonally. However, in the high seasons you should plan to be available for some long days. The success of the program depends on how much you put into it.
• The person in this position will be working closely with the founder, the board of directors, per diem staff, and volunteers
Salary and Benefits
• The current rate for this position ranges from $16 – $18 per hour, based on experience.
* Professional development opportunities are available, including trainings in areas of job related interests
Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing why you are interested, and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kestrel Educational Adventures is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.
15 Lexington St
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930