White Pine Programs is a nonprofit organization based in York, Maine. We work throughout the greater Seacoast to deliver nature-based programs for ages 2 - 99. White Pine Programs began as a small, alternative enrichment program for homeschool children and has evolved into a thriving organization that now reaches more than 3,500 people per year across nearly 350 program days. For youth, we offer a twice weekly forest school, after school nature clubs, teen adventure weekends, preschool drop-ins, and various other weekly and monthly programs. Our adult programs range from two hour evening workshops to weekend-long tracking and birding programs.
Over the past 18 months, White Pine had the opportunity to realize a long-term vision of working within our local school districts. What began in September of 2020 with one elementary school has now grown to six different districts and more than 10 schools. Our interactions with schools are based on delivering nature-based education through the lens of meeting state and federal learning standards.
Our school offerings have three components: professional development, facilitated recess and co-teaching. We are searching for a dynamic, inspiring and energetic individual to lead, teach and mentor school educators and our White Pine staff. This person will deliver programming directly in schools and will also manage the team when other White Pine staff are at schools delivering programs. This position will interact directly with children in schools and their families as well as with teachers and administrators.
The right candidate for this position has experience teaching in a school setting - traditional or non-traditional. They also have experience building curriculum and have familiarity with educational standards. Ideally, this person has some experience working outdoors in nature with children. Importantly, the right candidate is ready to jump into a dynamic role that continues to evolve, operates with a growth mindset and has an opportunity-oriented approach in life.
Education & Training:
A degree in teaching, early childhood education, or extensive professional experience in relevant fields of work.
Proficiency with MS Office, Google Platforms and Zoom. Must have access to reliable internet to support remote work.
Past participation or interest in nature-centered activities such as birding, wildlife ecology and conservation
Experience in outdoor and/or environmental education.
Working with children ages 4-18 in traditional and non-traditional settings.
Leading team members, formally or informally.
Teaching in public or private schools, helpful but not required.
Training and experience with special needs and at-risk children, conflict negotiation / resolution experience helpful but not required.
Effective at and comfortable with communicating with school administrators, parents and teachers in person, virtually and in writing.
Willingness to have hard conversations and give feedback to staff and management team members.
Confidence in educating and mentoring children outdoors and in all weather conditions.
Physical Ability/General Requirements:
Capable of walking on uneven, hilly ground, through snow and cold and rainy weather.
Capable of carrying 50lbs outdoors.
Minimum age of 21 years old.
Willing to have a background check upon hire as well as anytime during employment.
Work collaboratively with all staff to build and deliver quality programs that focus on developmentally appropriate activities.
Model welcoming, professional, ethical and safe behavior for staff, volunteers, and program participants.
Lead with generosity and assume good intentions of those around them.
Be accountable for delivering on contractual obligations and willing to ask for help when systems or situations are unclear.
Demonstrate a commitment to integrity, compassion and kindness in interactions with everyone from administrators to students.
Lead and develop training that is specific to school programs and curriculum requirements.
Ensure proper risk assessment procedures are being adhered to by other staff and program participants.
Follow all White Pine Program’s safety protocols and model appropriate behavior for staff, volunteers and program participants. This includes compliance with all the guidelines as outlined on our website for COVID-19 program adaptations, found at: https://whitepineprograms.org/covid-19/.
Communicate clearly with families about their program participants needs in the field (gear, meals, physical and mental preparedness).