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Environmental Education Fellow
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Deadline to Apply:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:00am
2017 Catamount Center Four-Month Residential
Environmental Education Fellowships:
The Catamount Center, in partnership with Colorado College, is seeking applicants for our 2017 Fellowships in Environmental Education. The Catamount Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring ecological stewardship through experiential outdoor and environmental education. The Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) Semester is a semester-long off-campus Colorado College academic program designed for undergraduate students of all majors.
Successful applicants for the Fellowships will have a strong commitment to and knowledge of education, environmental studies, and environmental stewardship and are excited about the idea of working outdoors in a spectacular mountain setting. Primary responsibilities include providing support to undergraduate students enrolled in the program for curriculum and inquiry activity planning, independent research, and teaching science and environmental studies to fifth graders in the outdoors and classrooms. Preference will be given to applicants who have relevant prior experience, especially working with children, and who will successfully promote Catamount Center’s atmosphere of collaboration and mutual learning.
- Participate in and support undergraduate TREE students’ teaching development, including field days, course work, research projects, evening programs, teaching observations, and debriefs.
- Assist TREE faculty, Catamount Center Directors, and partner K-12 school faculty in coordinating and executing academic and research activities.
- Assist TREE students in curriculum planning, program delivery, academics, and management of 5th grade Outdoor School students for over 100 hours teaching time during the fall semester 2016
- Assist with and attend undergraduate classes (e.g. Environmental Education, Foundations of Environmental Education, etc.) as needed.
- Manage TREE student group dynamics and support student needs through leading conflict resolution and individual mentorship.
- Work with Education Director to schedule evening and weekend extracurricular programming.
- Play a significant role in risk management, site maintenance, and marketing.
- Help shop for and prepare food under direction of Food Manager.
- Prepare a master level portfolio for submission to CAEE (optional).
- Adhere to, actively model, and enforce Catamount Center and Colorado College policies, procedures, and codes of conduct.
- Master’s degree in an environmental or education-related field of study, OR Master-Level CAEE Environmental Educator, OR Significant experience in the field of Environmental Education or a related field.
- Strong interest in supporting the growth and development of undergraduate educators.
- Working knowledge of educational strategy and pedagogy, and passion to learn more about these subjects.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability and willingness to take initiative solve problems, and multi task effectively.
- Ability to and experience with managing groups.
- Excitement for working untraditional workweeks and living on site with a small team of permanent staff, undergraduate students, and visiting faculty.
- Must be comfortable with open communication and giving constructive feedback to undergraduate students.
- WFR, First Aid, or similar training is a plus.
- Passion for outdoor education and conservation.
- Flexibility with schedule.
- Successful completion of a background check (required by Teller County schools).
- Sense of humor.
Deadline for Applications: Applications are due no later than April 19. We will select Fellows by Mid-April
The Catamount Center is an equal opportunity employer with a drug-free and smoke-free workplace. Successful applicants will be required to adhere to Catamount Center Policies and Codes of Conduct, as well as those found in Colorado College’s Pathfinder.
Position Start Date:
Monday, August 14, 2017
How to Apply:
- Visit our website (www.catamountcenter.org), to learn more about the TREE Semester program.
- Submit a transcript, resume, cover letter, and contact information for one academic and one professional reference that can speak to your teaching experience to: Education Director, Jared Mazurek: email@example.com.
- Complete formal written application questions (below).
- Fellowship dates are August 14 – December 22 (Includes one-week training and orientation). Fellows must commit to being present for full length of fellowship prior to hire.
- Given 15 5th graders, a forest, lake, unlimited equipment, and three hours, choose concepts on which you would base a lesson and describe a lesson plan to teach your concept.
- What are your personal and professional goals as a TREE Fellow?
- In what ways do you hope to impact the undergraduate and fifth grade students you would be working with?
- $800 monthly stipend.
- Live in a spectacular mountain setting.
- Room and board expenses included.
- Travel stipend up to $500 available on a case-by-case basis.
- Professional development opportunities & 1-2 conference registrations throughout the semester (depending on costs).
- Certification as a Colorado Master Environmental Educator (pending successful CAEE portfolio completion).
Education Director, Jared Mazurek