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Position: Nature Mentor for Forest Learners Program
Organization: Soaring Eagle Nature School

Location: Vancouver & North Vancouver, BC
Hours: 22.5 hours/week, option for more hours (see below)

Soaring Eagle Nature School (SENS) is a North Vancouver and Vancouver based school that offers unique nature-based programs to youth, teens and adults. 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.

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking a Nature Mentor for our new 3-day a week forest learners program.

Our new program will be bringing the core curriculum to a forest setting. This exciting program comes out of a desire to create a 3-day-a-week Soaring Eagle Nature School program which allows for more hands-on, lived experience in the forest, passion-based learning, and secure, genuine caring attachment between learner and mentor. This program has also come from the desires of parents who are looking for an alternative learning experience for their children, where learners are in the forest, learning and studying things they would in a indoor classroom setting.

This new program is a nature-based immersion program for ages 6-9, with the possibility of the group of learners staying together as a group as they grow older each year. This will be a small class size of 10-12 kids.

If this sounds like a program you'd like to mentor, please read on!

Responsibilities would include and are not limited to:

  • 3 full time days teaching. Teaching days: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Maintain clear and consistent communication with students, parents and teachers involved in programmin
  • Maintain all relevant paper work and administrative support for programs
  • Work closely with co-teacher to maintain clear responsibilities
  • Designing and implementing core curriculum pieces into a forest setting
  • Co-teaching with a Certified Teacher to a group of 10-12 children
  • Adapting and changing curriculum pieces to meet the needs and learning styles of each child
  • Role modeling emotional awareness

Assets:

The Ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the following:

  • Experience working with children and youth aged 6-9
  • Deep desire to have a nature-based community of youth, adults and elders
  • Understanding and practice of effective, clear and compassionate communication skills
  • Naturalist skills
  • Openness to new and potentially challenging experiences
  • Excellent group facilitation skills
  • Exercise a healthy sense of humour
  • Comfort in handling student and family affairs in a competent and open way; confidence creating and setting clear boundaries with students and families
  • Desire to use your gifts to help guide people into a closer connection with the natural world
  • Creative and crafty with a love of making cool things with your hands out of natural materials
  • Friendly, kind and patient
  • Must be fully comfortable being outside all day in all types of weather
  • Super creative and resourceful
  • A non-coercive, gentle, and feelings-based approach to communication and play

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 year experience in nature-based mentoring with children and adults
  • Minimim 3 years teaching in an indoor or outdoor setting
  • Standard First Aid (will be required by date of hire)

Preferred, but not required to apply:

  • Graduate of the Anake Program and the Anake Leadership Program, RDNA program or similar program
  • Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program, or equivalent
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
  • Child Development Expertise
  • Strong familiarity with Coyote Mentoring/ 8 shields model

Start Date:

August 26th for week of Curriculum Development and Planning. September 5-7 Staff Training Days. Program starts September 9th.

Hours:

22.5 hrs of teaching time per week with the 3-day program, plus additional hours are available working our other regular programming.

Compensation:

$22-$28 based on experience. Regular paid training and mentorship sessions.

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 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: Jun 5 2019    ID: 53410