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Outdoor Education Instructor
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Website:NIU Human Resources Portal
Dates of Employment: August 17, 2020 – May 31, 2021
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and teach classes in the outdoor environment to students in the 4th to 8th grades.
- Develop curricula and resources for the program.
- Assist in the maintenance and upkeep of campus teaching, habitat, and resource storage areas.
- Participate in staff training prior to teaching and throughout the school year.
- Assist in the coordination of the residential outdoor education program.
- Complete projects assigned by the Coordinator or Specialists.
- Bachelor’s Degree in education, science, natural resources, recreation, history, or related field
- Six months experience as an educator, naturalist, or facilitator of non-formal education programming.
- Two months experience teaching, facilitating, or participating in outdoor education or recreation activities.
- Ability to live in provided campus housing.
- Ability to manage a security sensitive position, having passed a pre-employment background investigation including a criminal background check.
- Experience as an educator, program staff, naturalist or related position at a residential outdoor education center, nature center, or similar facility preferred.
- Previous experience in preparing lesson plans, outlines, or guides in preparation to teach or facilitate activities.
- Previous experience leading or facilitating groups in team building activities.
- Ability to work effectively with co-workers and supervisors to achieve the goals of the program.
- Ability to convey information about environmental topics without bias and with the goal of encouraging lifelong learning.
- Ability to effectively engage in behavior management in order to maintain students’ interest and participation in outdoor classes and activities.
- Ability to manage work time effectively and with little supervision to ensure preparedness and project completion.
- Flexibility and the ability to deal with the unexpected and quickly changing nature of outdoor activities and children.
- Demonstrated enthusiasm for the outdoors and outdoor education, even when conditions are challenging.
- Demonstrated professionalism as related to the field.
- Demonstrated competence in verbal communication, particularly the ability to present information, ideas, directions, etc. in a clear and concise manner.
- Demonstrated initiative to go above and beyond minimum assigned duties
Ability to hike hilly terrain. Ability to be on feet for much of the day.
How to Apply:
Required Applicant Documents
- Cover Letter
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
- List of three references
Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at https://employment.niu.edu/postings/50389. For additional information see https://www.niu.edu/taft/. Applications will be considered immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. For questions contact Lorado Taft Campus director, Melanie Costello, email@example.com.
- Private, furnished room
- Health, vision, and dental insurance