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Position: Educator for Forest Learners Program
Organization: Soaring Eagle Nature School
Location: North Vancouver, BC

Overview

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking a passionate, innovative Educator (Teacher) to lead and inspire our small group of forest learners in a ‘classroom’ setting in North Vancouver. The group of 10-12 students ranges in age from 6-9 years old and meets in a classroom one day per week from 9:30-3pm as part of the 3 Day Forest Learners Program. The ‘classroom’ day takes place in a nature house with tables, chairs and movable walls, large windows with plenty of natural light and nature trails at your doorstep. The classroom days led by the Educator combine indoor project-based learning with outdoor exploration. The additional 2 days of the program are spent completely in the forest with two Nature Mentors.

The Educator is responsible for designing, planning and leading the Tuesday classroom portion of the program with the assistance of a Forest Mentor who will also be present on that day. Duties are primarily centered around the one day of classroom teaching and include design, prep, delivery, communication with parents and reporting.

If you have creative ideas, are passionate about designing and delivering education experiences that push the boundaries of what’s possible and care about the natural world and our young people’s connection to it, we want you!

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the Tuesday classroom portion of the Forest Learners Program from 9:30-3pm with the kids
  • Create, plan and prep lesson plans that meet the requirements of the BC Core curriculum for Grades 1-3 in an innovative and exciting way using project-based learning and passion-based learning approaches
  • Adapt curriculum pieces to meet the needs and learning styles of each child
  • Work alongside a Nature Mentor who assists on classroom days
  • Meet with Nature Mentor one hour before the class starts on Tuesdays for planning and prep plus one hour after for debrief and future planning (Work day is 8:30am - 4:00pm)
  • Maintain clear and consistent communication with students, parents, teachers, and Nature Mentors involved in programming
  • Maintain any relevant paperwork (i.e. sign in sheets, medical forms) for the program
  • Translate lesson plans and activities into PLO’s for parents and for reporting purposes

Soaring Eagle Nature School

Soaring Eagle Nature School (SENS) offers unique nature-based programs to youth, teens and adults in the Lower Mainland/Vancouver area. Our mission at Soaring Eagle Nature School is to empower people to discover and share their gifts through meaningful connections with the natural world. We honour the natural cycles within people and use their own excitement and curiosity to guide their learning and their connections to themselves, the earth and other people.

The Forest Learners Program is a three-day nature-based program that brings in elements of BC core curriculum and academics. The Forest Learners Program was borne from a desire to merge the core nature programming that Soaring Eagle offers with the educational requirements of school aged children for an alternative, inspiring schooling experience. The one day classroom portion of the program is a compliment to the two full days in the forest. The program as a whole focuses on hands-on, passion-based and project-based learning in a setting that offers secure, genuine, caring attachment between learner and mentor. For this reason the class size is small (10-12 kids) with a high adult to child ratio (1:6).

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children aged 6-9
  • Familiarity with the BC Core curriculum for Grades 1-3
  • Teaching language arts, literacy and math in creative, fun and engaging ways
  • Experience adapting lesson plans to meet the unique needs of individual learners
  • Minimum 3 years teaching in an indoor or outdoor setting
  • BC Teachers Certification is an asset but not required
  • Standard First Aid (will be required by date of hire)

The ideal candidate:

  • Is creative, confident and resourceful; ready to take charge of the Tuesday programming and make it their own as part of the Forest Learners Program
  • Has a deep desire to create a nature-based community of youth, adults and elders and has a personal passion for nature connection
  • Practices effective, clear and compassionate communication skills
  • Excels at group facilitation skills
  • Exercises a healthy sense of humour
  • Confidently handles student and family affairs, setting boundaries and communicating openly
  • Models a non-coercive, gentle, and feelings-based approach to communication and is familiar with the Neufeld approach to attachment

This is possibly a great position for a current DL teacher, or an educator looking to add one day of face-to-face teaching to their current schedule.

Start Date:

January 2020. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and selected applicants will be required to visit the program to ensure the best fit.

Compensation:

$300-$500 for one day/week (Tuesday) based on experience (plus extra hours for additional curriculum planning and reporting)

To Apply:

Please send your resume, along with a letter of interest, and 3 professional references to:
jenna@soaringeaglenatureschool.org

Applications due right away. The review of applications will be ongoing until the posting closes and position is filled.

Thank you for your interest and please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 2 2020    ID: 55384