Overview

Whole Earth Nature School is seeking applicants who want to make a positive impact on youth in our area while gaining experience mentoring students outdoors. In accordance with Oregon Department of Education policy, Whole Earth requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work with students, unless they have a valid medical or religious exception.

Whole Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome the unique contributions that you bring to Whole Earth including your culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages, veteran status, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs. We value diversity and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, volunteers, and employees. Our commitments include:

normalizing pronoun use during meetings and programs
providing needs-based scholarships to students
offering affinity camps for girls, boys, and gender-diverse campers
providing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion training to all staff
paying staff to participate in a monthly justice-focused community
decolonizing curriculum and incorporating land acknowledgments in programs
amplifying Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices and perspectives
using trauma-informed, culturally responsive student support strategies
providing accommodations for students to participate in our programs and for staff to lead programs

ABOUT COYOTE OUTDOOR SCHOOL
Coyote Outdoor School (COS) is a Whole Earth program that provides state-funded, outdoor experiences to 5th and 6th graders during a school week. Outdoor School is for everyone. We create an environment where each person can be themselves and belong. We strive for every student to develop: curiosity; inquiry and observation skills; ecological understanding; gratitude; and an enhanced connection to self, community, and nature. Learn more at coyoteoutdoorschool.org.

POSITION SUMMARY
We are hiring 13-18 full-time lead instructors to work Outdoor School programs March-June 2022 with options to continue through summer. Lead instructors will support groups of students during in-person overnight or day programs, depending on COVID-19 guidelines. If overnight programs are allowed, lead instructors will work morning, day, or evening shifts with some staff staying overnight throughout the week. Lead instructors will receive training and support to fulfill all of their job responsibilities.

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

Required Skills:

-Interest in youth development and outdoor programming
-Interest or ability to lead diverse groups of fifth- and sixth-grade students outdoors
-Adaptability to meet students where they are at with sensitivity to students’ life experiences and needs
-Commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all students, especially students who have been excluded in outdoor education like students with disabilities, BIPOC students, and LGBTQ+ youth

Preferred Skills:

-Prior experience working with youth, particularly outdoors
-Skills or knowledge in ecology, culture, conservation, wilderness skills (fire, journaling, navigation, shelter, archery), music, crafting, teambuilding, or storytelling
-Proficiency or fluency in Spanish, ASL, Braille, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Japanese, French and/or Arabic
-Experience or education in childhood development, particularly equity-centered and trauma-informed

About Whole Earth Nature School

Whole Earth Nature School is 501c3 non-profit based in Eugene, OR mentoring students in the outdoors to foster confidence, resilience, and kinship with nature. Coyote Outdoor School (COS) is a Whole Earth program that provides state-funded, outdoor experiences to 5th and 6th graders during a school week. Outdoor School is for everyone. We create an environment where each person can be themselves and belong. We strive for every student to develop: curiosity; inquiry and observation skills; ecological understanding; gratitude; and an enhanced connection to self, community, and nature. We value diversity and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, volunteers, and employees.

Application Instructions

To apply: Complete this online form https://forms.gle/pctjkAPNbmP9q1Cw8 by January 30.