Overview

The Ecology School is an organization that works hard to practice what we teach and to teach with intention. Located at River Bend Farm in Saco, Maine, The Ecology School provides a variety of programming including conferences, workshops, camps, and school programs. Ecology Educators will work with our school programs in spring and fall and with a variety of youth and adult programs during the summer season. We are committed to making every program empowering, informative, nature-based, and fun for our participants and pour our hearts, energy, and time into our work.
Our strong, supportive community of Educators live nearby in offsite staff housing for the entirety of the term, allowing an opportunity to make lifelong connections with people from all across the country. The Ecology School’s team works to maintain a strong support system to ensure that our educators can deliver their very best lessons. An integral part of our mission is to use laughter and storytelling as key learning tools. This means our Educators are wearing costumes on a daily basis to perform educational skits and songs that help our students make connections.
We are seeking new members of our Educator team starting March 2nd, 2023. A successful Educator is someone ready to invest their time and energy into making our community, programs, and the experiences of our visiting schools and participants the best that they can be. As an Educator, you will gain valuable teaching skills, as well as experience with, and insight into, a successful non-profit. You will also gain experience hosting conference groups for farm and site experiences. We are looking for hard working individuals, who are excited to share place-based experiences with students and guests of all ages.

A successful Educator invests their time, energy, and enthusiasm into providing exceptional programming and contributing to a dynamic and supportive community.

Spring Term (March – Mid June): Educators will focus on our school programming, mostly working with 5th-8th grade students in overnight programming. Educators will also join in facilitation of outreach or day programs with students of all ages.
Summer Season (Mid June – August): Summer will have the widest variety of activities for Ecology Educators. This will consist of group programs similar to the spring term, overnight camp programs (that include overnight supervision in the dorms) helping to host during adult programs.
Fall Term (September – November): Programming is run similarly to Spring Term.
**We are looking for staff to join us for this full March-November timeline, but open to discussing shorter one season options.**

For full position description, please see our website (https://theecologyschool.org/employment-opportunities).

Tagged as: Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

1. Willingness to be a strong contributor to a living and learning community of ecology educators.
2. Ability to work long, often strenuous hours, mostly outdoors, managing groups of children.
3. Ability to adapt and problem solve in-the-moment.
4. Experience working with K-8 aged children.
5. BS or BA degree or equivalent life/work experience.
6. Willingness to learn content and methodology and an openness to feedback.

About The Ecology School

The Ecology School inspires stewardship of and connection to the natural world through nature-based, living lessons about ecology, conservation, farming, and sustainability.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit an application (form found on website www.theecologyschool.org), cover letter, and resume to: Erin Shultz, Program Manager, [email protected] Positions will be filled on a rolling basis and applications accepted until positions are filled.