Field Education Educator

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/06/2018

Application Deadline

09/03/2018

Address

700 Coyote Canyon Road
Jackson
Wyoming
83001
United States

Description

Position Purpose: In Field Education, we use the wild lands of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest as our classrooms. The Instructor provides customized field science and environmental education programming for youth, adult and family residential and non-residential programs. Teton Science School's Field Education department accepts field educator applications on a year-round, rolling basis. Our main hiring season for this position is outlined below. Please email feemployment@tetonscience.org with questions and see individual position descriptions for details and current deadlines.


Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field.
  • At least one season of experience teaching hands-on, inquiry-based field science or environmental science, ideally in a residential, outdoor setting. More than one season is preferred.
  • Experience teaching science and natural history in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and/or the willingness to commit to self-directed study in order to be prepared for instruction.
  • Experience co-teaching and lesson planning within a teaching team.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching; willingness to be part of a small community.
  • Experience managing risk and traveling and teaching in the outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Valid Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Valid Class C Driving License.
  • Minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Successful applicants must pass a criminal history background check and driving record review prior to start date.


Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

  • Programming based out of Jackson Campus, Kelly Campus, and Murie Ranch of Teton Science Schools.  Programming primarily based out of Jackson Campus but may be based out of any campus of TSS; may include outreach programming in other towns or states; or on camping trips in front- or back country settings.
  • Stretches of time outdoors in all weather, including extreme temperatures and arid conditions.
  • Able to drive 15 passenger vans and mini-buses for extended periods (up to 10 hours per day).


Responsibilities:

  • Teaching (80%)
  • Develop and implement thematic, place-based, hands-on field science curriculum and evening programs for multi-day, outdoor learning experiences. Programs may include evenings and overnights in hotels or tents.
  • Incorporate program logistics, student interests, teacher requests, NGSS and state science standards and TSS educational framework into instruction.
  • Co-teach with AmeriCorps members and engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.
  • Facilitate the following while leading field groups of 7-13 people on excursions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:
  • Exploration of local natural history
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Field research
  • Stewardship and citizen-science projects
  • Development of teamwork, communication and leadership, including facilitation of high and low elements on the Doug Walker Challenge Course
  • Responsibility for self and care of equipment
  • Hiking, backcountry travel and front- and backcountry camping skill development
  • Travel by foot, snowshoe, ski, and canoe depending on the season
  • Transference of subject matter back 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.
  • Support 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 (20%)
  • Attend all staff trainings and meetings as required and assigned.
  • Assist with cleaning and maintaining residential lodges, teaching spaces, dining lodge, equipment and supplies.
  • Support all aspects of programming within Field Education and across other program areas of TSS.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.


Benefits

Benefits:

  • Salary of $22,000 for 190 working days.
  • End of season completion bonus of $2,000 to be paid out at the end of the Field Education Year in November.
  • Minimum of 30 days paid time off from January 10th to November 15th, 2019.
  • Pro Deals from brand name outdoor companies
  • Limited employee housing available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Meals available while groups are on campus to staff who participate in the TSS Food Coop
  • Proximity to Jackson, Wyoming and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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