The Lakeside Classroom program focuses on teaching environmental education and teambuilding to students, kindergarten through college. The primary responsibility of Field Teachers is to provide students with high quality programming in ecology, teambuilding, challenge course/climbing wall, and outdoor skills. Group management and team building skills are an important part of this position, and make up to 70% of what we do. Most weeks will consist of two or three overnight programs. This job demands a great deal of energy, flexibility and commitment; field teachers often plan and prepare lessons outside of the regular workday.
Although the main responsibility of a Field Teacher is to work directly with participants teaching lessons, work in other areas may be required. Staff may be asked to help with facility upkeep and maintenance, office work, building projects, gardening, outreach, and lesson planning. Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center is dedicated to providing support and high quality training to its Field Teachers. Training consists of in-depth teambuilding, low/high challenge course, and climbing wall facilitation skills, concepts of ecology, engineering lessons, outdoor-skills such as canoeing, hiking, shooting sports, survival. We also cover Bryant Pond policies, procedures, mission and vision. 4-H Shooting Sports and Wilderness First Aid Training may be available for staff at free or discounted rates.
-Degree in environmental science, education, adventure education, childcare, or a willingness to learn and self-teach new skills
-First Aid and CPR training, WFA/WFR is preferred (WFA training may be offered late August)
-Commitment to working long days with participants in a hands-on and high energy setting
-Experience educating and managing children, kindergarten-12th grade in an outdoor setting as well as the confidence to lead adult groups
-Experience facilitating teambuilding initiatives, as well as low and high challenge course activities
-Understanding of basic ecological concepts and a general love of the outdoors
-A commitment to sustainability
-Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions while managing the needs of all participants
-Willingness to be flexible and adapt your energy to the needs of the program and participants
-Commitment to working collectively as a part of a hard-working, supportive and positive team
-Experience with camp or outdoor program routines and schedules (including campfire)
-Ability to hike 5-8 miles with a 40lb pack, teach canoeing skills, and comfortably lift 50+ lbs
-Demonstrates a professional appearance and attitude
-Interest that include: Initiative Games/Challenges, High Ropes Courses, Archery, Primitive Survival Skills, Fishing, Hiking, Canoeing, Hunting, Backpack/Canoe Expeditions, Indoor Rock Climbing, Forest Ecology, Geology, Gardening and Farm Animals, Engineering, and Science in general.
To Apply: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to the Bryant Pond Program Coordinator @ firstname.lastname@example.org