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Position: Forest School Educator
Organization: Oro-Medonte Forest School
Job Location: Horseshoe Resort Cross Country Centre, Horseshoe Valley, Oro-Medonte Township, Ontario

Posting Date: October 2018
Status: Part Time position available (1.5 days a week to start)

Hourly Wage: $16.00-$18.00 an hour
Start Date: ASAP

Description:
Oro-Medonte Forest School is a play-based, outdoor, all-weather program for children ages 3-12. We run preschool, kindergarten and school age programs, as well as a Friday morning parent and child drop-in program. We are seeking a creative, enthusiastic, outdoor-oriented educator to join our growing team. Our programs are child-led and follow an emergent curriculum based on the seasons, the children’s interests and the provocations found in nature.

Please visit our website at http://www.oromedonteforestschool.ca to find out more about our program offerings, days of operation and to review our programs and policies.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Early Childhood Education diploma, or Bachelor of Education degree is an asset

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C

  • Clear criminal record check, with vulnerable sector check

  • Experience working with young children and experience working in an outdoor setting

  • Physically capable of working in all weather conditions (rain, snow, heat, cold) and able to walk distances over uneven terrain, carry a backpack and perform light lifting duties (firewood etc).

  • Able to perform teaching duties with enthusiasm regardless of weather conditions

  • Understand the value of risky play, emergent learning philosophies and play/place based learning

  • Show an interest in learning, or an understanding of, outdoor skills such as tarp set-up, knot tying, fire building, tool skills, shelter building

  • Ability to work as an effective member of a team

  • Have own cell phone

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Help to plan and implement a diverse Forest School program for a variety of ages

  • Ensure the safety of all children while they are participating in a wide variety of activities including, but not limited to, forest play, hiking, climbing trees, creek play, cooking fires, tool work

  • Responsible for effective communication with parents regarding their child’s participation in the program

  • Responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of program supplies and tools

  • Daily preparation of site and learning materials

  • Working with co-educators to plan, prepare and implement activities based on the children’s interests, seasons and current “happenings” in the forest

  • Debriefing with co-educators at the end of the day

  • Willingness to attend educator meetings, training, parent meetings and Forest School related events

  • A desire to complete the Forest School Canada Practitioner’s course, if not already completed

To apply, please email:
info@oromedonteforestschool.ca

Please include a cover letter, resume and the names of three references.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.
 

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Topical Links & Resources:


About Forest Schools & Nature Schools
https://www.google.ca/search?q=%22forest+school%22
http://www.ourkids.net/school/forest-schools

Outdoor education
https://www.google.ca/search?q=%22outdoor+education%22
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Outdoor_education
Environmental education
https://www.google.ca/search?q=environmental+education

Organizations & Resources
* Take Me Outside http://takemeoutside.ca/
* Child and Nature Alliance http://www.childnature.ca
* Nature Child Reunion http://naturechildreunion.ca

* Nature Deficit Disorder - "a range of current child health issues arising from a lifestyle
that focuses on screen time rather than outdoor exploration"
About: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_deficit_disorder
Search: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22nature+deficit+disorder%22
News: http://news.google.com/news?q=%22nature+deficit+disorder%22

* Green & Eco-friendly Kid's Books
http://www.eeweek.org/resources/green_reading.htm

* Last Child in the Woods
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Last+Child+in+the+Woods%22
Richard Louv http://richardlouv.com/
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Richard+Louv%22

* Outdoor & Environmental Education - orgs, schools, links, resources
Outdoor Education: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outdoor_education
Environ Ed.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_education
Orgs., schools & links: http://www.planetfriendly.net/learn.html#ee
http://directory.google.com/Top/Recreation/Outdoors/Schools_and_Educatio...
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO) http://www.coeo.org/

* Nature-based homeschooling
https://www.google.ca/search?q=nature+based+homeschooling

* Environmental Psychology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Environmental_psychology

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 10 2018    ID: 48717