Overview

Wild Whatcom is an outdoor education non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Washington, serving people of all ages throughout Whatcom County, with a focus on school-aged youth. Programs are offered year round, including school day and after school programs, weekend outings, summer camps, Ladies Night out, Community Field Trips, and much more! Visit our website to learn more: www.wildwhatcom.org

Wild Whatcom seeks a Nature Preschool Coordinator to work in the field as a lead instructor and support the Program Director in the management of the nature preschool program, including, but not limited to, preparation, staff training, in-field support & oversight, and program feedback & development.

Position Description

This position is salaried at 35 hours per week for a 41-week contract from August 29, 2022 – June 10, 2023. The base hourly range for this position is $18-19.25; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications. About half time is spent in the field as an instructor & support staff with the remaining half spent on coordination tasks. In addition to accrued paid time off, salaried positions also received paid holidays. Staff working school year contracts will also be offered summer contracts for our summer camps & other summer programs.

Wild Whatcom does not currently offer traditional health care benefits (though we are working toward that). However, there are a variety of other benefits offered to staff, such as paid professional development opportunities, subsidized wilderness medicine certifications, gear stipends, & annual Discover passes.

RESPONSIBILITIES

● Staff the nature preschool program as a lead instructor on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings from 8:30-1:30pm (program from 9:00am-1:00pm); participate in all-staff meetings, trainings, & planning time on Wednesdays.
● Collaborate with the Program Director to create program schedules & adjust program schedules to reflect staffing needs (completed for this year)
● Develop nature preschool curriculum in conjunction with Program Director
● Oversee distribution of family emails about logistics. Work with Program Director for nuanced communication regarding behavior, parent feedback, etc.
● Oversee logistical support of the program (e.g. bus logistics, purchasing & stocking gear bins, managing Google calendar, managing gear requests from families, etc.)
● Participate in org team meetings as needed; work with other program managers & coordinators to ensure consistency for field staff
● Coordinate with Registrar & Program Director to ensure necessary field documents (Health Forms, Risk Mgmt Manual, Rosters, etc.) are up to date & provided to mentors
● Support registration process
● Support with in-field surveys of participants & parents. Develop reports that analyze participant feedback.
● Fill staffing gaps in the field & provide organizational support for staff in the field as needed
● With Progam Director, create and facilitate staff training

Tagged as: Support Staff, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

● A motivated self-starter with energy, flexibility, creativity, a sense of humor, and a willingness to pitch in wherever needed.
● Ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

Required Skills:

● 2+ years experience in a leadership role, preferably within the environmental/outdoor education field.
● At least 3 years of experience teaching young children (ages 2-6)
● Experience expanding equity and inclusion to ensure broader program access to diverse populations.
● Fully vaccinated for Covid-19, with boosters as eligible

Preferred Skills:

● Experience communicating with families, teachers and community members via email, in person or over the phone
● Experience coordinating program schedules for multiple staff members
● Superior interpersonal and written communications skills.
● Professional work habits (punctual, responsive, organized, attention to detail).
● Competency with Google systems, Microsoft Office Suite, and social media or a willingness to learn.

About Wild Whatcom

Wild Whatcom is dedicated to connecting people of all ages to nature and developing positive character traits through outdoor exploration and discovery. We provide experiential learning opportunities that inspire participants to explore, connect, and serve, while building healthy relationships with nature, community, and self.

Application Instructions

Priority application deadline is July 18. Position to remain open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references addressed to “Wild Whatcom Hiring Team” at [email protected] with your name and “Preschool Coordinator” in the subject line. All materials should be sent as attachments in PDF (.pdf) format. Direct any questions to [email protected]