Youth Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00pm


Columbia, MO
United States

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Founded in 2015, Wild Folk helps students build lifelong connections to the outdoors as well as to one another and the broader community. Through a deep, place-based connection, we cultivate compassionate, empowered, ecologically-minded citizens.

Tapping into enduring traditions as well as the latest educational research, we encourage learning's inherent passion, curiosity, and joy. Wild Folk weaves together experiential, place-based learning, diverse mentorship, creative play, skill-based education, democratic decision-making, and collaborative community-building.

We offer unique, fun, and informative programs that lead our students down a path of discovery and greater self-reliance. An environment is created where students take responsibility for their individual learning path as well as for collective governance.

We offer an array of opportunities such as a forest school, an herbalism workshop, and citizen science projects, and other programs based on students’ interests and our community’s resources.


  • Collaborate with a team to design and implement cohesive and exciting programs for ages 5-12 (with the possibility of creating programming for teens and adults).
  • Provide high-quality outdoor, community, and place-based education    
  • Support democratic decision-making and facilitate project-based learning    
  • Communicate with families and do community outreach        

Preferred Qualifications/ Skills:

  • We are looking for educators with a deep curiosity about life, a lifelong love of learning, a deep well of patience, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Experience with outdoor and/or youth education; specifically, experience with alternative/ progressive/ democratic education and/or nature connection or place-based mentoring
  • Highly enthusiastic, motivated, and self-directed        
  • Proven excellence in guiding others and leadership skills
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification
  • Specialty knowledge/ skills (e.g. wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, navigation/ mapping, botany/ horticulture, art/craft, storytelling)
  • And most importantly, candidates should have a deep respect for all children.

How to Apply:

You can learn more about our program at

Please email a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to:

Please let us know why you are interested in working with Wild Folk; how your skills and experience would enrich our community; and how this opportunity fits your life’s journey.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Thank you for your time and consideration!