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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 http://www.naturalpathways.ca 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

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:
pat@naturalpathways.ca

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

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

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