Summary: In Field Education, the Instructor provides customized place-based education programming for youth, adults and families in residential, and non-residential programs. Our classrooms are the trails, forests, and streams of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Position Dates: January 23, 2023 – Approximately Mid-November 2023
Develop and implement thematic, place-based, hands-on field science curriculum and evening programs for multi-day, outdoor learning experiences. Programs may include evenings and overnights in hotels or tents.
Incorporate NGSS and state science standards, TSS educational framework program logistics, student interests, and teacher requests into instruction.
Co-teach with AmeriCorps members, grad students, peer educators and engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support, and field observations.
Ability to adhere to and operate within TSS risk management procedures while managing student physical, social, and emotional risk in the field.
Facilitate the following while leading field groups of 7-13 people on excursions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:
– Exploration of local natural history
– Inquiry-based learning
– Field research
– Stewardship and citizen-science projects
– Development of teamwork, communication, and leadership, including facilitation of high and low elements on the Doug Walker Challenge Course
– Social and emotional learning for students
– Transference of subject matter back to participants’ home communities
– Hiking, backcountry travel, and front- and backcountry camping skill development
– Travel by foot, snowshoe, ski, and canoe depending on the season
Educator Development (embedded within teaching)
Support mentoring of co-educators through goal setting, program and lesson planning, daily debriefing, and end of program reflection.
Willingness to have a growth mindset and work with faculty mentors to grow teaching, co-teaching, and facilitation skills through meetings/check-ins, field observations, and feedback sessions.
Self-directed study of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and educational practices.
Attend all staff trainings and meetings as required and assigned.
Assist with cleaning and maintaining residential lodges, teaching spaces, dining lodge, equipment, and supplies.
Support cleanup with students during and after meals.
Support all aspects of programming within Field Education.
Assist with other duties as assigned.
Experience teaching science in the outdoors through a combination of course work and/or professional experience. More than one season is preferred.
Experience managing risk, traveling, and teaching in the outdoors in variable weather conditions.
Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or related field; or relevant equivalent experience.
Valid Wilderness First Responder certification.
Valid Driver's License
Must pass a criminal history and driving background check.
Programming based out of Jackson Campus, Kelly Campus, and Murie Ranch of Teton Science Schools. Programming primarily based out of Jackson Campus, but may be based out of any campus of TSS; may include outreach programming in other towns or states; or on camping trips in front- or back country settings.
Stretches of time outdoors in all weather, including extreme temperatures and arid conditions.
Able to drive 15 passenger vans and minibuses for extended periods.
Able to carry a backpack of 20+ lbs for 8 h
Experience teaching inquiry-based field science and natural history in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Experience co-teaching and lesson planning within a teaching team
Contribute to inclusive work and learning environments through continually developing cultural competency. Cultural competence is one’s ability to interact effectively across various dimensions of diversity. It lies at the intersection of awareness of others, self-awareness, and applying skills & knowledge to promote inclusion and equity.
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