Preschool Environmental Educator

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Darien, CT
United States

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The Darien Nature Center, in Darien, CT is hiring Part-Time Environmental Educators for the 2017-2018 school year.  We are seeking talented and enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for nature to teach in our preschool enrichment programs.  

This is a great opportunity for educators who have a passion for nature and love sharing its wonders.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Prepare daily lesson plans based on provided curriculum
  • Embrace the Darien Nature Center philosophy of nature-based play and incorporate these experiences into daily lessons
  • Utilize available materials, artifacts and live animals to enhance lessons
  • Responsible for the care and safety of all children enrolled in designated class
  • Keep classroom materials clean and organized
  • Change materials in room to reflect curriculum
  • Complete all responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Communicate with parents on an ongoing basis
  • Attend parent orientation, staff meetings and staff development workshops
  • Reports to the Program Director any concerns or challenges related to designated class
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications & Essential Skills:

  • College degree in related field
  • Minimum of 1 year early childhood teaching experience
  • Previous environmental education experience a plus
  • Comfortable in the outdoors and use the outdoors on a regular basis to support curriculum.
  • Love and respect for the natural world
  • Comfortable with animals and/or willingness to learn how to handle certain animals to enhance curriculum
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be a "team player"
  • Certified in First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen or willing to obtain

Compensation: Hourly rate commensurate with education and experience. 

How to Apply:

Please send resume to Emily Ciffone, Program Director, Darien Nature Center