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Position: Forest School Educator
Organization: Natural Pathways Learning Centre 
Location: Natural Pathways Learning Centre – 2 site locations – 1431 Gore Rd in Harrow and 6480 Texas Road in Amherstburg, Ontario

Status: part time position, hours vary between 2 – 4 hours per day, 3 – 5 days per week, February – June 2019 (with possibility of extending into the summer).

Hourly Wage: $18 - $20 per hour

Natural Pathways Learning Centre offers Forest and Nature School programs for school and community groups. We are a non-profit organization run by an enthusiastic and committed volunteer board of directors. Our programming follows the Forest School philosophy and is a play-based, outdoor, all-weather program for children ages 3-10. We run preschool, kindergarten and school age programs, as well as 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 to find out more about our program offerings and to review our programs and policies.

Desired Qualifications:

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

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C

  • Recent clear criminal record check, with vulnerable sector screening

  • 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


  • 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:

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

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 27 2018    ID: 49918