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.
A seasonal Ecology Program Instructor has the opportunity to help transform science education, making it more local, experiential, and connected to the lives of young people. This position allows for the opportunity to create transformative curriculum, work directly with young people, and enjoy the outdoors. This work is based on the North Shore of Massachusetts, a perfect place to help young people and schools connects with the many local natural treasures. This is a per diem, seasonal position with opportunities to work additional seasons and more hours as Kestrel grows.
This position is for Spring 2014, and may be continued into the summer and fall. The position is 15-30 hours per week, per diem. All new instructors attend training on natural history, teaching theory, and Kestrel policies.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop and present indoor and outdoor ecology programs for students in preschool through middle school.
• Travel to school sites to instruct programs
• Lead nature hikes up to four miles long, and field explorations in local natural areas
• Collaborate with other education staff to custom -build lesson plans for schools
• Share captive wild animals with students, including snakes, turtles, frogs,
salamanders, and aquatic invertebrates
•Attend initial training at training rate, and attend regular staff meetings
•Prep and clean up for each teaching day, including cleaning equipment
•Other relevant tasks as needed
Candidates must have a(an):
•Undergraduate or advanced degree in education or environmental field, or equivalent experience
•2 or more years experience teaching children in classroom and/or field settings, or experience as a field naturalist or biologist
•Comfort handling small, harmless wildlife, including insects, reptiles, and amphibians, including snakes
•Comfort teaching groups of 10-25 students, and teaching up to 4 classes in a day
•Strong interest or background in New England natural history
•Strong interest in teaching / education theory
•Flexible approach to teaching
•Comfort being outdoors in all weather
•Ability to carry up to 30 pounds, walk up hill on or off trails
•Willingness to work flexible hours, including some early days, beginning as early as 6:30am upon occasion, and some long days (up to 12 hours on occasions)
•Interest in innovative curriculum activities
•Understanding of or strong interest in experiential or hands-on education
•Willingness to perform a wide variety of tasks
•Strong concern for the natural environment and an interest in working towards its protection by educating young people
•Strong work ethic, sense of humor, appreciation for children
•Ability to communicate openly with co-workers, and work as part of a team
•Cheerful, positive attitude
•Patience with children
•Strong, positive references
•Reliable vehicle with ample empty space for transporting teaching equipment
•Current First Aid / CPR certifications or willingness to acquire these at own expense
Salary: $12-$15 per hour, depending on experience. Flexible schedule, supportive work environment, unique programming, time outdoors, and dedicated, passionate colleagues.
15 Lexington Ave
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930