Position Purpose: In Field Education, we use the wild lands of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest as our classrooms. The Lead Instructor provides customized field science and environmental education programming for youth, adult and family residential and non-residential programs. The Lead Instructor brings a depth of experience in science content and/or teaching pedagogy and models transformative place-based education and professionalism for the entire Field Education team. In addition to field instructor duties, the Lead Instructor serves as a resource for other instructors and is a liaison between instructors and faculty members.
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 program logistics, student interests, teacher requests, NGSS and state science standards and TSS educational framework into instruction.
Mentor and guide AmeriCorps members and instructors in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.
Facilitate the following while leading field groups of 7-13 people on excursions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:
Exploration of local natural history
Stewardship and citizen-science projects
Development of teamwork, communication and leadership, including facilitation of high and low elements on the Doug Walker Challenge Course
Responsibility for self and care of equipment
Hiking, backcountry travel and front- and backcountry camping skill development
Travel by foot, snowshoe, ski, and canoe depending on the season
Transference of subject matter back to participants’ home communities
Manage participants’ physical, social, and emotional safety/risk and empower participants to become risk managers during all instructor-led activities.
Educator Development (embedded within teaching)
Co-teach weekly with AmeriCorps members.
Support mentoring of AmeriCorps members through goal setting, program and lesson planning, daily debriefing and end of program reflection.
Engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.
Program Support (20%)
Share depth of experience in science content and/or teaching pedagogy and model transformative place-based education and professionalism for the Field Education team.
Serve as a model to other instructors and a liaison between instructors and faculty members.
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 all aspects of programming within Field Education and across other program areas of TSS.
Contribute to inclusive work and learning environments.
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About Teton Science Schools
Teton Science Schools inspires curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education.