Outdoor Education Instructor

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Organization: 

Address:

Oregon, IL
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

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.

Required Qualifications

  • 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. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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

Physical Demands

Ability to hike hilly terrain. Ability to be on feet for much of the day.

Job Duration:

Seasonal

Temporary

How to Apply:

Required Applicant Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. 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, melcostello@niu.edu.

Job Compensation:

Other

Stipend

Compensation Information:

Compensation

  • $1,600/month
  • Private, furnished room
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance

Contact Name:

Melanie Costello

Contact Email:

melcostello@niu.edu