EARTH EDUCATION COUNSELOR | Summer 2020
Ages to be Instructed: 13-17 years old
Huddart County Park
1100 Kings Mt. Road
Woodside, CA 94062
Additional Locations to be Visited During Field Trips
Various parks, beaches, and properties that allow educational use (i.e. Markegard Ranch, etc.)
Co-instruct up to 16 students.
Days and Hours:
Fridays, September 20th - June 5th. Holidays exempt (see calendar).
9:00am - 4:00pm (6 teaching hours and two half hours for prep and debrief)
2 additional paid hours for planning and packing materials to be used prior to a given Friday.
Total hours: 9
Oversee safety and instruction for youth during weekly nature programs. Lead youth on mild to strenuous hikes and activities. Work with additional instructors to plan and implement programs. Mentor assistant instructors during programs and planning. Develop weekly lesson plans in cooperation with other staff for outdoor activities. Communicate with parents (email, phone calls, in-person, before/after programs) on a weekly basis. Assist with organization, planning, and pre/post camping trip duties (packing, clean-up, etc.)
Experience mentoring youth in nature.
B.A., B.S., (or equivalent experience) a plus.
Experience with nature-connection mentoring skills such as Art of Mentoring, Coyote’s Guide, Kamana Naturalist Training Program or similar place-based nature connection mentoring programs preferred.
Knowledge and skills with hands-on wild crafting or survival skills, tracking, mapping, hazards of the region, bird language, and local flora and fauna identification desired.
Applicant must have good communication skills with parents and youth, excellent organizational skills, and professionalism. Strong group management and safety skills required. 1st Aid/CPR certification required (Terra School’s will help you get certified if not already).
The Earth Educator will be expected to perform the tasks and duties listed below:
- Arrive punctually at 9:00am and stay until 4:00pm every working Friday (some exceptions may apply. Please contact your supervisor to make arrangements for early departure/late arrival or days off)
- Utilize you and your cohort's planning hours to whatever extent necessary in preparation for the following class day, such as for planning calls or materials runs
- Tend to student first aid needs
- Calling 911 or transporting students to the nearest medical facility if a first aid need is beyond the skill level of the Earth Educators on-site
- Any necessary pre or post-program parent and/or staff communication (i.e. an email sent to parents in preparation for a beach day)
- Communicate with and greet parents during drop off and pick up to pass along any important student-related information, such as informing them that their child went through poison oak and should follow up with a poison oak wash.
- Help resolve conflict that might arise between students or ask for assistance from your supervisor(s) if the level of conflict feels beyond the skill level of yourself and/or the other Earth Educators
- Instruct/teach/present Earth Education skills, games and activities and help engage the students in a meaningful connection to nature
- Model engagement as often as possible and minimize conversations and behavior that would take students out of the element (i.e. cell phone use or talking to co-workers about mortgage issues)
- Communicate clearly and efficiently with your cohorts and/or supervisors any personal needs that might prevent you from showing up fully (i.e. if your cat died the morning of program and you might need periodic alone time throughout the day)
- Attend and instruct campouts (see calendar)
- Remember to drink water :)
How to Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to: Wendy Xa, Head of School at email@example.com