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The Summer Instructor provides field science and environmental education programming for non-residential programs in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The primary focus of the Summer Instructor is on providing exceptional summer day camp programming for local and some visiting participants entering first through sixth grades. TSS summer day camps are nature- and play-based and can include campus adventures, explorations and field trips, day hikes, canoeing, and frontcountry camping.
Bachelor’s degree or coursework, preferably in science, education, or related field, or equivalent life experience
At least one season of experience teaching with hands-on activities, inquiry-based field science or environmental science, and/or play-based learning ideally in a residential, day camp, or outdoor setting.
Experience teaching science and natural history in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and/or the willingness to commit to learning this local content.
Experience co-teaching and lesson planning within a teaching team.
Experience working with students in first through sixth grades.
Experience with group management, social-emotional learning, responding to individual participant needs, and managing behavioral challenges.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and in the workplace; willingness to be part of a small community.
Proficiency in conversational Spanish is desirable, though not required.
Experience managing risk and traveling and teaching in the outdoors in variable weather conditions.
Valid Wilderness First Responder certification.
Valid driver’s license.
Minimum of 21 years of age.
Successful applicants must pass a criminal history background check and driving record review prior to start date.
Plan and implement non-residential week-long day camp programs for participants entering first through sixth grades based at the Jackson Campus of TSS and surrounding national parks and other public lands. Day camp specific responsibilities include:
Communication with parents & caregivers
Documentation of student learning
Support and mentorship of and co-teaching with AmeriCorps educators
Oversight of student engagement and behavior management during programming
Participation in pre- and post-trip planning and debriefing meetings.
Develop and implement thematic, place-based, hands-on outdoor learning experiences for groups of first through sixth grader students.
Incorporate program logistics, student interests, and TSS educational framework into instruction.
Facilitate the following while leading field groups of 7-13 participants on campus adventures or excursions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:
Exploration of local natural history
Stewardship and citizen-science projects
Development of teamwork, communication, and leadership
Responsibility for self and care of equipment
Travel by foot and canoe
Frontcountry camping overnights
Transference of subject matter to the local Jackson community or to participants’ home communities
Manage participants’ physical, social, and emotional safety/risk and empower participants to become risk managers during all instructor-led activities.
Educator Development (embedded within teaching)
Co-teach weekly with AmeriCorps members or other summer instructors
Support peer mentoring of AmeriCorps members through goal setting, program and lesson planning, daily debriefing, and end of program reflection.
Engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support, and field observations.
Program Support (15%)
Attend all staff trainings and meetings as required and assigned.
Assist with cleaning and maintaining teaching spaces, dining lodge, equipment and supplies.
One TSS (5%)
Support all aspects of programming within Field Education and across other program areas of TSS.
Contribute to inclusive work and learning environments through continually developing cultural competency. Cultural Competence is one’s ability to interact effectively across various dimensions of diversity. It lies at the intersection of awareness of others, self-awareness, and applying skills & knowledge to promote inclusion and equity.
Assist with other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions & Physical Requirements
Programming based out of Jackson Campus, of Teton Science Schools.
Daily excursions into Grand Teton National Park and surrounding public lands.
Overnight frontcountry camping trips to Grand Teton and/or Yellowstone National Parks.
Stretches of time outdoors in all weather, including extreme temperatures and arid conditions.
Hiking 1-3 miles per day carrying a backpack.
Periods of extended work hours to accommodate student drop-off and pick-up outside of program (~10 hours/day).
Adhering to and enforcing COVID-19 program restrictions and protocols