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 about all of our program offerings: www.wildwhatcom.org

Wild Whatcom seeks enthusiastic outdoor and environmental educators to work as Field Mentors across various programs. Mentors co-lead outings which include nature exploration, skills lessons covering a range of topics from plant identification to fire by friction, and service projects in parks and outdoor spaces in Whatcom County. Mentors are also responsible for communication with participant families, lesson preparation, and related clerical duties. Wild Whatcom is currently seeking 4-6 part time or salaried Mentor positions starting in the fall of 2022.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Wild Whatcom offers both part-time hourly and salaried positions for this role. Part-time hourly roles are generally 10-25 hours per week with unpaid time off during school breaks (winter and spring break), with accrued paid sick time off. Salaried positions are 30+ hours per week on average with seasonal variability. In addition to accrued paid time off, salaried positions also received paid holidays. Almost all positions include work on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and 2-3 weekdays. See www.wildwhatcom.org/employment for full job description and sample schedules.

This position is a 41-week contract position beginning Aug 29, 2022 through June 10, 2023. Staff working school year contracts will also be offered summer contracts for our summer camps and other summer programs. This position’s base hourly range is $16.50-18.00; actual salary and hours will reflect level of experience.

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/training, subsidized wilderness medicine certifications, gear stipends, and annual Discover passes.

RESPONSIBILITIES

● Co-lead a variety of outings with child-led, inquiry-based, experiential, and playful approaches. Participate in all required training with enthusiasm and engagement
● Awaken a sense of wonder teaching natural history & outdoor skills while exploring local areas
● Facilitate collaborative leadership & decision-making to augment developing life skills
● Practice effective risk management at all times, creating a safe learning experience for all
● Maintain clear, responsive, honest, & respectful communications with participants and staff
● Serve as a mentor to participants appropriate to their needs as individuals & as a group
● Work closely with other field staff to prepare & lead outings
● Assist with gear maintenance

Tagged as: Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

● Passion for facilitating meaningful connections to nature and community, ideally with a basic knowledge of ecology and/or outdoor skills.
● Personal or professional experience recreating in wilderness environments.
● Preschool staff will be required to have experience working with young children (ages 2-6).
● Strong work ethic and professional work habits (punctual, responsive, organized, detailed).
● Experience working with children, specifically with behavior and risk management outdoors.

Required Skills:

● Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record
● Ability to carry 20+ lbs in a variety of weather and terrain
● Current CPR certification (or willingness to receive certification before working in the field, partially subsidized by Wild Whatcom)
● Current Wilderness First Aid (or higher) certification (or willingness to receive certification before working in the field, partially subsidized by Wild Whatcom)
● Fully vaccinated for Covid-19 with boosters as eligible

Preferred Skills:

● Experience with or willingness to learn Google Suite applications
● Bilingual
● Strong communication skills

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 “Mentor Application, School Year” in the subject line. Please also indicate if you are interested in a salaried, part time position, or either. All materials should be sent as attachments in PDF (.pdf) format. Direct any questions to [email protected]