The Ecology School is an organization that works hard to practice what we teach and to teach with intention. We provide residential and day ecology education programs for elementary and middle school students and provide immersive residential experiences for participants of all ages. We are committed to making every program empowering, informative, and fun for our participants and pour our hearts, energy, and time into our work.
Our strong, supportive community of Educators live together onsite for the entirety of the term, allowing an opportunity to make lifelong connections with people from all across the country. Because of the unique bond that develops each term, a considerable network of alumni educators provides support and mentorship for newcomers.
The Ecology School’s administrative team works to maintain a strong support system to ensure that our staff can deliver their very best lessons. An integral part of our mission is to use laughter and storytelling as a key learning tool. This means our Educators are wearing costumes on a daily basis to perform educational skits that help our students make connections.
We are seeking new members of our Educator team. A successful Educator is someone ready to invest their time and energy into making our community, programs, and the experiences of our visiting schools and participants the best that they can be. As an Educator, you will gain valuable teaching skills, as well as experience with, and insight into, a successful non-profit. We are looking for hard working individuals, who have a willingness to learn and desire to work with students as they develop their environmental literacy.
1. Experience designing and implementing lesson plans and adapting content to a wide variety of different learners.
2. A deeper understanding of your personal teaching style, strengths, and skillset.
3. Connection to our extended community of professional environmental educators who make up an informed, passionate, and fun-loving network.
1. Plan and teach lessons to a group of approximately 10-12 students generally between 3rd and 8th grade.
2. Attend and participate in meals (usually sitting at a student table to share the meal and to engage students).
3. Attend all scheduled meetings, including all Staff Meetings, Teachers Meetings, and other meetings called as necessary.
4. Participate in pre-lesson educational skits and dinner theater.
5. Assist in developing curriculum, skits, and program materials for The Ecology School.
6. Consult with classroom teachers and The Ecology School administrative team to make decisions regarding students’ conduct.
7. Develop good rapport and positive relations with students, teachers, other participants, and fellow educators.
8. Perform various duties (3-5 per week) such as breakfast or lunch dishes, recreation or dorm supervision, site set up, and put-to-bed.
9. Assist with weekend programs on an as needed basis.
10. Live on-site in staff housing with co-workers.
11. Arrive with training in CPR and First Aid.
1. Ability to work long, often strenuous hours, mostly outdoors, managing groups of children.
2. Experience working with K-8 aged children.
3. BS or BA degree or equivalent life/work experience.
4. Willingness to learn content and methodology and an openness to feedback.
College graduates receive a starting salary of $320 per week plus room and board, post-graduates receive a starting salary of $350 per week plus room and board. Room and board is provided for the duration of employment, including weekends. Returning Educators earn an additional $30 weekly each term they return up to $410/wk.
To apply, please submit an application on our website: www.theecologyschool.org, cover letter, and resume to:
Alexandra Grindle, Director of Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis and applications accepted until positions are filled.