Overview

Balarat Outdoor Education is a part of Denver Public Schools and offers a range of programs that provide a balance of hands-on science activities, living history units, field-based exploration, and adventure programming. We operate throughout the school year, offering two and three-day student residential programs, in addition to day trips. Balarat excursions have become an integral part of the Denver Public Schools’ curriculum. Balarat serves over 430 classes, or approximately 10,000 students, each year and has been part of Denver Public Schools since 1969.

Job Summary
The Balarat Teacher is part of a collaborative team which works together to meet program objectives, including instruction, and provide students with positive outcomes and a welcoming experience. Working with Denver Public Schools 3rd and 5th graders as well as high school students, they are responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and facilitating a wide variety of program activities. The position involves working with a classroom teacher to lead 5th grade students on overnight environmental education excursions at the Balarat Outdoor Education Center near Boulder, CO, as well as working with 3rd grade students and their teachers at Genesee Mountain Park to the West of Denver. Salary: See DCTA Teacher Salary Schedule at: http://careers.dpsk12.org/teachercomp/compensation-your-first-year/

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Balarat is dedicated to strategically attracting, growing, amplifying and engaging high quality team members, with a specific focus on breaking historical patterns of inequity, to ensure every single one of our students thrives.

General Responsibilities:
Manage groups of up to 35 elementary students in an outdoor setting
Cultural competency working with urban and/or diverse populations
Collaborate with other Balarat educators in evaluating programs and developing activities
Enthusiasm in and knowledge about the outdoors
Give and receive feedback
Walk an average of six miles a day
Willing and prepared to work outdoors in extreme weather
Work continuous periods of 2 to 3 days at the facility on a weekly basis and supervise students overnight
Travel to district schools to present to students, teachers, and parents outside of normal school hours
Create lesson activity schedules for staff to utilize during programming
Act as the program leader for on-site programming during residential programs, assisting other staff, teachers, and students in decision-making and incident management as needed
Act as a curriculum leader for on-site activities, serving to manage activity materials, updating activities and facilitating staff training

Tagged as: Full Time, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

You are a strong fit for this role if you have:
A Teaching License
Curriculum design experience
Wilderness First Responder Certification

Required Skills:

Ability to lift and carry at least 20 pounds
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Ability to take initiative and produce results
Dedicated and committed to the mission of Balarat and Denver Public Schools
Up-to-date computer skills and an understanding of how to utilize Google Drive

Preferred Skills:

Experience in facilitation (briefing, debriefing)
Ability to work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people
Understanding of the myriad relationships youth may have with the outdoors and outdoor program based on class, rac

About Balarat Outdoor Education

Balarat Outdoor Education is a part of Denver Public Schools and offers a range of programs that provide a balance of hands-on science activities, living history units, field-based exploration, and adventure programming. We operate throughout the school year, offering two and three-day student residential programs, in addition to day trips. Balarat excursions have become an integral part of the Denver Public Schools’ curriculum. Balarat serves over 430 classes, or approximately 10,000 students, each year and has been part of Denver Public Schools since 1969.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must first complete the DPS General Teaching application. You can find the link to that application process here:https://careers.dpsk12.org/teach/teach-at-dps/teacher-application-process Next, visit the DPS Jobs Board and use the keyword "Balarat". In your resume and cover letter make sure to address any pertinent experiences, including professional and personal experience, that are relevant to this position.