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Ecology Educators develop and lead ecosystem-based lessons for groups of 10-12 students. Lessons focus on the ecology of areas such as the coastal forest, beach, dunes, rocky tide pools, and a salt marsh estuary. Each educator is also responsible for shared supervision of students between and after lessons plus some general maintenance of the site and program. All educators are given a week of training prior to teaching children, which includes covering general knowledge of coastal ecosystems, basic ecology, narrative education and the methodology of teaching children experientially in the out-of-doors. Although sample lesson plans are provided in the Teaching Guide, educators are encouraged to create and develop their own lesson plans and activities within the Ecology School framework.
- Ability to develop good rapport and positive relations with students, teachers and other educators.
- Experience in K-8 education and/or environmental education.
- BS or BA degree or, in the case of interns, several terms of undergraduate courses and experience.
- Ability to work long hours outdoors (often physically strenuous) managing groups of children.
- Positive attitude, love of nature, hard working, sense of humor and a willingness to learn.
- Hold certifications in CPR and First Aid
- Plan and teach lessons to a group of approximately 10-12 students.
- Attend and participate meals (usually sitting at a student table to share the meal and to engage students).
- Help set up the site for the week on Monday and clean-up the site on Friday.
- Attend all scheduled meetings, including all Staff Meetings, Teachers Meetings and other meetings called as necessary.
- Participate in pre-lesson educational skits and dinner theater.
- Assist in developing curriculum, skits and program
- Consult with classroom teachers and Ecology School Directors to make decisions regarding students' conduct.
- Perform various duties (3-5 per week) such as breakfast or lunch dishes, dorm clean-up with students, recreation or dorm supervision, and put-to-bed.
- Live on-site in staff housing.
How to Apply:
College graduates receive a starting salary of $300 per week, post-graduates receive a starting salary of $330 per week, and undergraduate interns start at $250 per week. The Ecology School also partners with EarthCorps as an extern placement site. Each educator is provided with room and board, which includes weekends. A $30 per week (per term up to four terms total) raise is given to all ecology educators who return to teach for additional terms.