Early Learning Teacher and Environmental Educator

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Friday, September 1, 2017, 5:00pm


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Early Learning Teacher and Youth Environmental Educator

The Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund (TPW) is a Tanzanian nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and important natural habitats through a community‐based approach. TPW helps rural communities develop their skills and abilities to protect natural resources in a manner that maximizes their benefits from these landscapes while also preserving ecological integrity. Emphasizing the critical importance of community‐led initiatives, the organization provides information, training, and service level support to its rural constituencies to strengthen local institutions and community‐driven actions for natural resource management and wildlife conservation.

TPW operates from the Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe in northern Tanzania. Sharing a boundary with Tarangire National Park, this center acts as TPW’s regional headquarters as well as an educational center where rural community members improve their understanding of the environment and develop hands‐on skills in natural resource management. From this center, TPW operates programs in four major programmatic areas: (1) human‐wildlife conflict prevention, (2) youth environmental education and adult capacity building & training, (3) natural resource conservation and rangeland management, and (4) environmentally‐sustainable conservation enterprise and development.


Position Description:

TPW is looking for a passionate, energetic, and experienced individual to work closely with our Youth Environmental Education Program Officer in order to expand the organization’s capacity for wildlife‐ based environmental education in northern Tanzania. At the same time, the organization’s directors are looking for an inspiring teacher to instruct their five‐year old daughter for several hours a day at their remote field headquarters and home, the Noloholo Environmental Center.


The successful candidate will have experience teaching pre‐K, Kindergarten and/or elementary school, a background in science, environment and/or conservation, and an interest in adapting their knowledge for rural Tanzanian students. The ability to independently develop and implement teaching curricula for a youngster is a must with an emphasis on creative learning and play. Similarly, the candidate will be tasked with developing science‐based activities and curricula for Tanzanian youth engaged in Wildlife Clubs, Environmental Camps, National Park Study Tours, and more. The successful candidate will also have impressive communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a multi‐cultural environment with diverse stakeholders. This position will be stationed at the Noloholo Environmental Center, so the candidate should be willing to work in remote areas for the majority of the time.


Key Responsibilities:

Preparation and delivery of school sessions for a five year old for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Monthly development and preparation of key curricula, materials and activities to be covered by Wildlife Club members in after‐school hours

Assistance in the coordination and training of Youth Environmental Mentors as key implementers of environmental education activities in Wildlife Clubs

Review and enhancement of additional environmental education activities and curricula as needed including environmental camps, park study tours and more

Conducting program evaluation and writing program reports



The successful individual will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in education, natural resource management, conservation, ecology, biology, or a closely related field. Demonstration of considerable experience teaching pre‐K, Kindergarten, or elementary school is required.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in one of the above fields

Considerable experience and passion for teaching young children and confidence in independently developing and implementing a learning program;

Interest in curriculum development and the implementation of environmental education initiatives for rural youth;

Strong organizational skills;

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including respect for other cultures;

Willingness to live in a remote setting abroad;

Ability to speak Swahili is not required but may be given preference, initiative to learn Swahili is required;

Previous experience living or working abroad is preferred

Passionate concern for big cats, local communities, and TPW’s mission.


Reports to: TPW Director of Programs and Environmental Education Program Officer


Stipend & Benefits: 18 month initial commitment with option to extend; $1000 per month stipend; housing and food provided onsite. The work week runs from Monday through Saturday morning, with four long vacations for personal travel throughout the year and a half.

Hiring Timeline: We will conduct skype interviews on a rolling basis beginning in September 2017. The applicant will be offered the contract by November 1, 2017. TPW will support the new staff member with preparation logistics and materials throughout November and December. The position will start in Tanzania in mid January 2018 and run through June 2019.

How to Apply:

To Apply: The Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send their resume, three references, a cover letter, and the questionnaire (questions below) outlining their interest in applying for the job to: eford@africanpeoplewildlife.org.

Questionnaire questions:

1. An 18-month commitment is vital to this position in order to develop a relationship with the pre-school/kindergarten student and implement programming and evaluation for Environmental Education. Please explain how and why you are capable and interested in this length of commitment.

2. Working on Environmental Education programs while immersed in another culture can take patience, creativity, and an open mind. Working at a rural environmental center can also take flexibility, independence, and enthusiasm for learning new things. Please give examples of your personality, leadership style, and strengths and weaknesses regarding our unique setting.