The Forest Preschool (FPS) Aftercare and Robin’s Nest Teacher is a part-time position that works collaboratively with the FPS Director and other FPS teachers to facilitate child-centered play and learning with nature. They implement best practices of a nature-based early childhood aftercare program at NBNC. This part-time position is responsible for a regular aftercare teaching schedule, leading Robin’s Nest Playgroup once a week, ongoing and collaborative curriculum and education philosophy development, student safety, risk management, outdoor site assessments, and student behavior. The FPS Aftercare and Robin’s Nest Teacher helps nurture student growth, and supports the FPS Director in family communication and FPS special events. A member of the NBNC Education Team, this position plays a supporting role in maintaining the Swallow’s Nest (the building that houses the FPS program) and the adjoining Nature Playscape through daily upkeep. Aftercare activities include outdoor and indoor free play, snack, reading time, cooking, games, and arts and crafts.

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At least a Vermont Early Childhood Career Ladder Level One (1) or Two (2) Certificate, or another qualification for a Teacher Assistant as required by
Vermont Child Care Licensing Regulations.
Background or coursework related to nature-based early childhood education and/or environmental education.
Pediatric First Aid and Infant/Child CPR

Required Skills:

Experience leading and teaching students aged 3 to 6 in an outdoor nature-based program in all types of weather.
Experience with storytelling, singing, and incorporating nature-inspired lessons
Strong classroom and behavior management skills

Preferred Skills:

Commitment to professional development in equity, inclusion and justice; values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives
Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to high professional ethical standards.

About North Branch Nature Center

Since 1996 North Branch Nature Center has evolved to become an integral part of outdoor recreation and learning in Central Vermont, serving 15,000 people annually. Our 28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier. Popular year-round as a quiet place to walk, ski, swim, or simply to do nothing beside the river, NBNC welcomes visitors of all ages to attend year-round programs and festivals, all designed to get people outside and immersed in nature. Powerful, personal experiences in nature are central to our goal of cultivating current and future generations of environmental stewards.

Application Instructions

Position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to: Ken Benton Director of Education [email protected]