The Seasonal Educator & Events Coordinator position is two-fold. The primary responsibility will be delivering educational programming to Eagle Bluff’s Nature Preschool (ages 3-5) and Eagle Bluff’s Outdoor School (grades 4-8) adventure education classes. In addition, they will be responsible for coordinating and co-facilitating Eagle Bluff’s public events and programs for families.
Founded in 1978, Eagle Bluff is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in rural southeastern Minnesota, just a few miles from the small historic town of Lanesboro in Fillmore County. As a year-round environmental learning center, we provide accredited education programs to over 16,000 children, adults, and families each year in our Outdoor School, Summer Camps, college j-terms, public programs, and Nature Preschool.
Eagle Bluff’s newest education program is a Nature Preschool, which is a partnership with Semcac Head Start. Our kindergarten readiness program for children ages 3-5 uses environmental education to support the development of the whole child. We piloted the preschool with just Head Start students during the 2020-2021 school year. For the 2021-2022 school year, we are expanding enrollment to include 7-10 non-Head Start students.
Nature Preschool | 35%
Co-teach outdoor exploration activities (on and off trail) to groups of no more than 20 children in mixed age classes of 3-5 two to four mornings per week
Approach teaching as a facilitator/guide, allowing children to take the lead
Help create an environment of joy, appreciation, and wonder through words, actions, and presence
Foster problem solving, collaboration, confidence building and imagination by providing just enough scaffolded assistance to children
Collaborate with lead Nature Preschool Educator in preparing environments and materials to support learning opportunities
Outdoor School | 40%
Teach adventure education classes, such as high ropes courses and team building for Eagle Bluff’s Outdoor School students, primary ages 4th-8th grade three to five classes per week
Co-lead one to three evening campfires per month
Set-up and clean-up of classes; inventory class supplies and kits
Demonstrate professionalism and show sincerity/sensitivity especially in areas of participant experience
Be flexible and maintain a positive attitude and composure when working alone/in teams, receiving constructive criticism, and during times of stress
Event Coordination | 25%
Behind-the-scenes planning and coordination of Eagle Bluff’s public programs, such as creating event registration pages, answering questions from guests, and communicating event needs to other departments
Clearly communicate program set-up, facilitation, and clean-up needs to staff who are working the event
Work up to one weekend a month, facilitating events
Other duties as assigned.
-High school diploma or GED
-1 year teaching experience, any setting
-Ability to develop and foster relationships with coworkers, students, and chaperones
-Be flexible and willing to assist with a variety of teaching and administrative duties
-Be able to create a culturally responsive, inclusive environment for children and their families
-Willing to operate and participate in adventure activities such as: high ropes courses, rock wall, etc.
-Strong leadership skills: Communication, self-motivation, flexibility, enthusiasm, collaboration
-Current Adult and Child CPR/First Aid certification by start date
-Has up to date driver’s license
-Ability to pass a background check
-Comfortable in moving water and able to hike long distances
-Computer, radio, and audio-visual equipment literacy
-1 year teaching experience in outdoor education
-Demonstrate working knowledge of hazards and risk assessment as related to the environments of young children
-Knowledge of B.E.E.T.L.E.S. techniques
-General knowledge of the natural world and outdoor recreation
-Have prior experience facilitating high ropes and team building challenge courses
-Experience planning and coordinating events
About Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Founded in 1978, Eagle Bluff is a private, non-profit residential environmental learning center providing accredited environmental education programs, camps, and outdoor adventures in the scenic bluff country near Lanesboro, Minnesota.