Wisdom of the Earth Wilderness School is currently accepting applications for the position of Nature Mentor for our year-long nature connection immersion for children and youth. There are several opportunities available, and the right candidate could potentially be hired for more than one.
Our WOLF Kids nature immersion program for children aged 8-14 is moving into its 18th year from its initial beginnings. We believe WOLF Kids is the longest-standing program of its kind (a depth mentoring program with children attending as a foundation for their education) in North America.
The WOLF program runs Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm (plus planning and prep), from September to June, with a 6-week break from mid-December to end of January, and two weeks spring break in March.
Children enroll as a full-year commitment (many have been there for years) and attend all three days. The maximum size of the program is 28 students with 4 mentors plus weekly apprentices and guest mentors. We're looking for one additional core mentor to join a strong team. We are hoping for a male mentor to balance our team, however all genders will be considered.
We are also looking for Nature Mentors for our year-long younger children’s programs which run 1-3 days/week for children aged around 5-7 and 7-11.
As well, we are seeking both a male and female instructor for our monthly weekend teen program.
There is a possibilty for a successful candidate with the appropriate skill set to combine these various positions for more employment.
Wisdom of the Earth is located on Salt Spring Island on the west coast of British Columbia Canada, a beautiful rural island between Victoria and Vancouver, with a thriving progressive community of about 10,000 people.
WOLF (acronym for Wilderness Our Learning Foundation) is committed to providing deep nature connection mentoring, based on the principles of the 8 Shields model, the art of mentoring, community building and cultural restoration, and coyote mentoring (based on the work of Jon Young and Tom Brown Jr), as a foundational part of a child’s education. We are also committed to restorative and reparative practices with local indigenous peoples.
Our other programs are based on the same priniciples.
Our general website is wisdomoftheearth.ca and wolfkids.ca for WOLF. Wisdom of the Earth also runs a full-time adult Immersion program, family Art of Mentoring weeks, and many other adult, family and youth programs.
The positions offered include positions as a primary nature connection mentor at WOLF Kids, working alongside a strong team, as well as nature mentor positions in our younger children's programs, and positions for our monthly weekend teen program.
We ask at least a one-year commitment (Sept 2022-June 2023), with the potential of a long-term position. There are additional opportunities for leading winter/spring/summer camps, and some position may be combined for more employment where appropriate.
Successful candidates would be involved with all aspects of programming, including collaborating with other mentors on design, planning, preparation, instruction, mentoring children, field trips and expeditions, debrief, overseeing student progress, first aid and safety, interacting/communicating with parents and families, and caretaking the land/facilities.
This position offers the opportunity to mentor children who are committed to the program and to nature connection over the long-term, in a supportive stable environment with a community building and cultural restoration focus. This is very different from running short high-energy camps, and offers a fulfilling richness of experience.
You must be legally able to work in Canada at this time. In exceptional cases of a very qualified individual who is committed to the long-term, we might consider supporting an applicant in getting a work permit however this can be challenging.
For the younger children's programs, the skill set needed can be less intensive, but includes many of those above.
Preference will be given to applicants who have:
Benefits and Compensation
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a well-established deep nature mentoring program that has moved through its initial growing stages and is flourishing within a supportive and engaged community of parents and other nature-connected adults, in a larger context of the dynamic progressive Salt Spring community.
Mentoring children over the long term, who are developing the attributes of deep nature connection as life-learners within a community context, is a profoundly satisfying and meaningful experience in realizing the vision of creating a better world and healing our relationship to the earth.
You will receive training, mentoring, support and feedback for personal growth and transformation in deep nature connection, depth mentoring, outdoor leadership, community building and cultural restoration, and inner tracking.
For the Mon-Wed WOLF mentor, there is a monthly salary of CND$2200-2500 (paid bi-weekly) over 8.5 months for the Sept-June commitment (with 6 weeks winter break mid-Dec to beginning of Feb and 2 weeks spring break), depending on experience and skill-set. This works out to about CDN $23-$30/hour.
The younger children's programs are usually on contract, and pay $22-$25/hour. The monthly teen weekends (Fri evening to Sunday afternoon) pay $600.
BENEFITS include professional development days, access to free workshops, and for WOLF mentors: paid sick days, 4% vacation pay and 5-6 paid holiday Mondays (no work).
To Apply for WOLF Mentor or other Nature Mentor positions at Wisdom of the Earth :
1. Please read this description carefully and read through our website to familiarize yourself with what we offer and make sure it’s a fit. wisdomoftheearth.ca
Please do not apply if you do not have at least a significant part of the requested experience/qualifications, and are just hoping to LEARN to become a nature mentor — we are looking for folks who are already trained. If you want to gain these skills, consider our Immersion program: wisdomoftheearth.ca/immersion/
2. Send an introductory email as soon as possible, informing us of your intention to apply, which position(s) you are interested in, and including a few details of your experience, so we are aware of you as we consider other applications.
3. Send a cover letter, resume (including a detailed assessment of your experience in all of our areas of curriculum and requested qualifications), and any other relevant information you’d like us to know, including which position you’d be interested in. If possible, include three professional references.
We will respond as soon as we are able and may ask to schedule a Zoom interview.
Email is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing address: Ingrid Bauer, 115 Forest Ridge Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1W4 Canada
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We acknowledge that we live on traditional unceded Coast Salish territories, specifically the W?SÁNE? (Saanich), Quw’utsun (Cowhichan) and Stz’uminus (Chemanius) First Nations territories. We wish to extend our deep gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to live, learn and play on this land.
Wisdom of The Earth Wilderness School strives to reconnect people to nature, self and community; to cultivate wholeness. We advocate for the reunion of humans and nature as a necessity for all nations and people. We wish to acknowledge our place as settler descendants; that many of our ancestors came to these lands through the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We recognize that we are not immune to past and ongoing colonial processes. As an organisation, we are on our own learning journey in an effort to identify and challenge the dominant colonial narratives and dynamics that can exist within this work. We aim to avoid acts of appropriation and to respect the traditional people on whose land we live. It is our hope that reuniting with nature, as our first home and foundation, will lead to deeper personal and cultural healing for all.
Indigenous students, once accepted into the program, automatically receive a scholarship, *independent* of need, in the spirit of reconciliation and reparation.
Thank you for your interest in Wisdom of the Earth!
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Mar 5 2022 ID: 63262