Summer “Wee Discoverers” Teacher-Connecticut

White Memorial Conservation Center
Litchfield, CT
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The White Memorial Conservation Center is a private, nonprofit nature center and museum that provides year-round education programs for children and adults. The Center is nestled in the heart of The White Memorial Foundation, a 4,000 nature sanctuary in the northwestern hills of CT. Four guiding principles direct our work: education, conservation, recreation, and research. Please peruse for more information on our property. White Memorial is looking for someone to teach a weekly 2-hour program known as “Wee Discoverers” for children ages 4 and 5 during the summer of 2018. Activities include stories, crafts, games, and outdoor time to engage preschool-aged children. Historically, the program has been taught on 5 consecutive Tuesday mornings during the summer, although this schedule can be altered based on the availability of the candidate. Compensation will be $14/hour ($14.25 for returning employees) and includes 2 hours of teaching time and 2 hours of prep/breakdown time for each of the 5 sessions. Housing and benefits are not provided. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: - Prepare and facilitate nature-related activities for preschool-aged children, including onsite hikes, crafts, games, and story times - Supervise and provide enriching activities for up to twelve 4-5 year-olds at a time - Lead children on hikes and other outdoor activities leaving from the Nature Museum on White Memorial property - Deal with any first aid issues that may arise - Oversee drop-off and pick-up of children - Communicate with parents about any scheduling conflicts or behavioral issues that may arise - Always carry attendance sheets, registration forms with emergency info, and emergency medications brought by the children - Provide a lesson plan to the Education Director for each of the 5 sessions - Prepare and maintain the Children’s Corner of the Museum as the “homebase” of the program
Qualifications: - Must be at least 21 years old - Completion of at least 2-3 years of college education in the fields of environmental education, natural history interpretation, conservation biology, elementary or preschool education, or a related field. Equivalent experience may be considered. - Prior experience working with young children - Enthusiasm for interacting with children and teaching them about the natural world - Comfort in speaking publicly and managing groups of up to 12 young children, both in a classroom setting and outside - Proficient knowledge of the area’s natural history - A valid driver’s license - Current First Aid certification (or the ability to obtain before June 15, 2018) How to Apply: Applications are due by Friday, February 16. Please send a cover letter stating the specific job title(s) you are applying for, your resume, and a list of three references to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at, or mail to: White Memorial Conservation Center, P.O. Box 368, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759
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