Summary: Seeking energetic and passionate educators for 9 month outdoor school in Lake Geneva, WI (approximately an hour from Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago)
• $70/day ($350 per five days) plus room provided and board when dining hall is functioning. No overnight or weekend duties with students
• Teach topics you're interested in - not from a set curriculum.
• Always looking to create a diverse staff of various backgrounds, genders and ethnicities.
• All educational backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged as long as you have an enthusiasm for teaching children and being outside.
NATURE'S CLASSROOM INSTITUTE is a non-profit five-day residential outdoor education organization providing innovative, multidisciplinary instruction to students in 1st through 8th grade. We are currently seeking college graduates with a strong commitment to bettering children and the environment to join our team and teach in a supportive and energetic program that goes beyond traditional environmental education. Please visit our website for more information: www.discovernci.org
Responsibilities and Experiences Gained:
• Lead hands-on field studies for students ages 5-15 in a variety of environments such as woodlands, lakes and prairies.
• Develop and strengthen your skills as an educator by teaching students with a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds, special needs, and school cultures.
• Flexibility to choose and develop engaging curriculum based upon your own personal interests and educational background.
• Facilitate teambuilding initiatives and low-ropes challenges.
• Participate in large group activities that include topics such as social simulations, historical reenactments, ecological concepts, team/character building and invasive species removal with students.
• Take the opportunity to become part of a supportive, diverse community of teachers and support staff.
• Opportunity to inspire over 3,000 students from 60 local schools over the school year
• Gain public speaking skills by introducing activities, processing information and leading meals in front of large groups of students, teachers and fellow instructors.
• Strengthen leadership abilities by coordinating supplies, logistics and roles of staff before, during and after large group activities.
• Plus many more!
• Recent (up to five years) Bachelor's degree in education, any of the sciences, environmental education, history, english, sociology and/or related field.
• Strong commitment to spending long days with children of various age ranges
• Willingness to expand creativity, interest in motivational learning, and community awareness.
• Advocate for the environment and conservation of natural resources.
• On-site residence is required. Must be willing to live in communal housing with a shared bedroom with minimum one other person. (Sorry – We do not allow furry pets)
• Ability to work effectively with co-workers and supervisors to achieve the goals of the program.
• Demonstrated enthusiasm for the outdoors and outdoor education, even when long days and conditions are challenging.
• Flexibility and the ability to deal with the unexpected and quickly changing nature of outdoor activities and children.
• Demonstrated professionalism as related to the field.
• Pass a background check
• Special skills such as music, storytelling, role playing, and teambuilding are helpful.
• Ability to work independently, be a team player, and be a motivated, self-starter
• Ability to work with a wide range of people and attitudes.
• Ability to effectively engage in behavior management that maintains students’ interest and participation in outdoor classes and activities.
• Must have basic public speaking skills such as enthusiasm, voice inflection and varied facial expressions.
• Must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, initiative, emotional maturity, self-responsibility and a desire to develop professional skills.
• Experience working with children from various socio-economic backgrounds, special needs, and cultures.
• Background in Montessori (or related) teaching philosophies
• CPR/First Aid training (provided if necessary) and Wilderness First Aid training (not necessary but nice to have).
1. Walk up to two miles at a time with small breaks on relatively flat terrain
2. Run for short spurts at a time
3. Lift and carry up to twenty pounds
4. Carry a heavy backpack for up to two hours at a time
5. Work outside in varied weather conditions such as snow, rain, intense heat and buggy conditions
6. Bend, squat and sit on the floor for various lengths of time