Nature-based Early Childhood Educator at Connolly Ranch

Job Type

Part Time




3141 Browns Valley Rd
United States


Position Summary: Connolly Ranch Education Center seeks a passionate, playful, creative, and energetic Early Child Educator for our outdoor, nature-based programs for children ages 2-6. The ideal candidate is confident leading large groups of children (15-30) with a background that includes prior working experience with farm animals, organic gardening, hiking, cooking, art and developing activities that engage young children in innovative and meaningful experiences in nature.

Program Description: Connolly Ranch Education Center is a non-profit, environmental education farm located in Napa, CA. Connolly Ranch has a talented and dynamic staff of full and part-time educators, administrative support staff, and volunteers. Connolly Ranch provides environmental education programs for over 9,000 children and adults each year through early childhood programs, fieldtrips, family classes, afterschool programs, camps and events. Early childhood educators are part of a team that help Connolly Ranch meet our mission of inspiring life-long connections with nature through education, play, and hands-on exploration on a working farm environment. This is a part-time position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and teach nature-based, developmentally appropriate programming in conjunction with other members of the teaching team.
  • Communicate regularly with parents
  • Ensure the physical and emotional health, safety, and welfare of all participants.
  • Create a welcoming family environment and effectively communicate with parents and caregivers about their children specifically and the program in general.
  • Assist the Program Manager in assessing and tracking the development of individual children, assessing needs, and planning based on those needs.
  • Train and supervise support staff in partnership with the Program Manager.
  • Design and set up varied and seasonal outdoor learning spaces and environments.
  • Plan for equipment and supply needs in collaborations with other staff.
  • Manage daily routines including setup, cleanup and basic administrative duties.
  • Participate in staff meetings and special events as appropriate to ensure connection with the rest of the staff and the community.
  • Administrative duties such as sign-in sheets, social media, rosters, follow-up emails, etc.
  • Be an active member of the Connolly Ranch team which includes being a representative for the ranch during certain events each year: Harvest Festival, Earth Night, Dinner at the Ranch, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • 12 or more units in Early Childhood Education or related field. Certification in Early Childhood Special Education preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • 2 or more years of experience working with children ages 3-5 in a child-centered, developmentally appropriate program. Experience and/or familiarity of Reggio Emilia Approach preferred.
  • Active interest in the natural world and a commitment to its use as a central and daily learning and play environment.
  • Aptitude/comfort with learning basic natural history/ecology
  • Personal commitment to an eco-friendly, green and sustainable lifestyle
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal skills; ability to be a creative and flexible team player
  • Able to speak clearly, positively, and effectively with both children and families.
  • Able to work both collaboratively and independently and to creatively problem solve.
  • Strong organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Current certification in First Aid and CPR, or willingness to pursue certification.
  • Must pass complete background check.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, and on difficult and varied terrain while supervising young children.
  • Ability to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, pull, push, sit without back support, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally and 10-35 pounds frequently.

Reports to: Program Manager

Compensation: $15-18/per hour

Approximate Hours: 10-30 hours per/week

Application Deadline: until position is filled

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Application Procedure: Send Early Childhood Education Application, resume, cover letter and names and contact information for three references to: Hylah Egeland, Program Manager hylah at