Forest School Facilitator

Part Time Position available: April 9, 2019 - June 13th, 2019

☐  Outdoor Connections Forest School is seeking a passionate, self-motivated, nature-loving part-time educator to join our team for the 2019 Spring Series.  This is a team-teaching position for 3-6 instructional hours per week (paid 3.5 - 7 hours for site assessment, program preparation and yurt clean up etc).  

☐  The successful candidate will be working alongside a trained forest school facilitator, organizing and implementing a child-led play-based forest preschool program for children aged 3-5 years.  The program runs every Tuesday and Thursday, with a morning class from 9AM-12PM and an afternoon class from 12:30-3:30PM at our forest school location near Fernie, BC.  

☐  If you can envision yourself joining our team and submerging yourself completely outdoors in all weather conditions, we would love to receive your application.

Overview

☐  Outdoor Connections Forest School is a play-based, place-based, child-led, outdoor forest school program for preschool children and school age children.  We focus on child-led learning and fostering environmental stewardship.  

☐  We follow a September to June school calendar, offering fall, winter and spring programs. Our programs are delivered on 60 acres of private land 12 km south of Fernie, BC.  We use a 20 ft. yurt as an indoor warming space, and storage for school materials.

☐  We operate preschool classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a school age program on Wednesdays.

☐  OC Forest School offers employment for continuing staff and contract work for part-time staff.  

Qualifications

☐  Must have experience working with children in outdoor environments.  

☐  Must be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions.

☐  Must be physically fit, able to dig, climb, hike, carry firewood.  

☐  Must have reliable transportation and a class 4 license would be an asset.

☐  Current First Aid certificate and a Wilderness First Aid ticket would be an asset.

☐  Clear Criminal Record Check

☐  Can oversee groups of children and have strong risk management skills.

☐  Completion of the Forest and Nature School practitioner course is a strong asset.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

☐  Alongside co-teacher, plan and implement a child-led forest preschool program.  Be conscious of your involvement during free-play times and intervene when appropriate.

☐  Ensure the safety of all children during their forest play.

☐  Support the benefits of risk taking, movement and physical development.

☐  Maintain a positive attitude regardless of the weather and be physically able to carry out facilitating duties in all types of terrain.

 

HOW TO APPLY

☐  Please send resume to: info@connectoutdoors.ca with attention to Courtney Haeusler (Executive Director.

☐  JOB TYPE: Part-Time Contract Work

☐  SALARY: $18-$25/hour

APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019