The Nature Preschool Nature Teacher 1 is responsible for teaching an inquiry and nature based, developmental program for preschool children with an emphasis on the outdoor environment as an outdoor classroom learning opportunity and setting for children. The Nature Preschool Teacher goals are to encourage students’ awareness, understanding, appreciation and protection of the environment, foster empathy and kindness towards others, and build a strong foundation of learning through hands on sensory experiences, constructing their knowledge, and skill building in all areas of child development.
1. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in early childhood or child development education is desired.
2. Minimum of 24 units of Early Childhood Education or related field.
3. Possession of Child Development Permit-Teacher level or higher. Master Teacher permit desired. (Maintain active Child Development permit status while employed).
4. Three years of experience working with children in a preschool setting.
5. Outdoor Classroom Specialist Training
1. Supervise classroom of 24 children daily overseeing children’s social-emotional and physical needs of the classroom learning community.
2. Ensure the supervision, safety and wellbeing of children and classroom teaching staff daily including moving staff with children as they change locations throughout the day.
3. Welcome and greet each child and family at arrival and departure time daily.
4. Begin each preschool day in nature and spend 70-80% of time outside in nature.
About Environmental Nature Center
Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center, known simply to thousands of visiting students through the years as “The ENC”, is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities (ranging from desert, to oak woodland, to fresh water marsh, to redwood forest); wildlife habitats; walking trails; and sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified learning center. For over four decades the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 5 acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 28,000 students and thousands of visitors annually, the ENC is recognized as a leader in science and social science education providing opportunities for increasing our community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The ENC is a non-profit 501(c)-3 public benefit corporation.