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Nature camp educator

Company: Vilda
Location: San Rafael
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

Nature camp educator
Vilda is hiring an instructor for our 100% outdoor summer camp at China Camp State park, San Rafael (Tracks and Tides). We are also looking for an assistant at Tracks and Tides as well as another San Rafael Camp (Wild Creatures, Bows, and Skills). The camp is a combination of nature exploration and play, hiking, and learning about local plants and animals in the mornings, and beach play, kayaking, crafts, and swimming in the afternoons.

We are currently looking for instructors who can work 30-40 hours/week during our summer season (weekly day camps running mid-June through mid-August). We may also have availability in our ongoing school year programs.

For more information on our programs, check out our program page at ---.---------------.---

WHAT DO INSTRUCTORS DO?:
Instructors plan and lead nature connection education (often with the help of a program assistant) in groups of about 12 children or less, maintaining group safety, facilitating positive group dynamics, deepening children's knowledge and connection to the local environment through leading games, storytelling, exploration and the art of questioning in the morning. After lunch, you supervise the children swimming and kayaking on the bay, playing on the beach, or doing crafts projects. Instructors also communicate with parents via email and in-person about the week's themes and highlights and mentor their assistant teacher.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
A positive, flexible, and heart-based outlook on life
4 or more years of experience working with children in educational fields, 2 or more of those in nature education
Knowledge of local plants and animals and a desire to be outdoors in any weather
Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
Total comfort in jumping in and teaching a group of 10-15 kids outdoors and great student management skills
Responsible, enjoy working with a small team
Current first aid and CPR (WFA or WFR preferred)
Reliable transportation and ability to work at our San Rafael or Fairfax.
Ability to check email weekly and stay on top of communication with director and parents

OPTIONAL BUT AWESOME:
Some training in the Jon Young 8 Shields lineage, Tom Brown kids programs or another similar program
Wilderness skills such as animal tracking, survival, foraging, fire by friction, navigation
Experience with kayaking and/or lifeguarding
Currently based in the North Bay with intentions to stay in the area
A clean exceptional driving record

COMPENSATION: $24-$30/hour depending on experience

ASSISTANT TEACHERS: help the instructor ensure camper safety and well-being, lead games or crafts, help children kayak, connect with the children, and role model kindness, respect, curiosity about nature, and enthusiasm for camp. Be willing to help out with supplies, connecting with children, or other needs that come up.

REQUIREMENTS: love of nature and children, some experience working with children, comfort around water (the bay at Tracks and Tides and the creek at Wild Creatures, Bows, and Strings).

ASSISTANT PAY: $15-$23/hour DOE

HOW TO APPLY:
Please fill out the following online application and reply to this email with your resume and cover letter

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Keywords: Vilda, San Rafael , Nature camp educator, Other , San Rafael, California

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