WHO ARE WE?
Sierra Nevada Journeys is built on a simple premise: Science education is a necessity, and nature’s classroom is a great place to teach it. Our full mission statement is to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship. To achieve this mission, SNJ offers a range of programming to students in northern Nevada and California:
• Our credentialed teachers create innovative, engaging curriculum for 1st-6th graders, teach in the classroom, and lead field expeditions.
• We host students, teachers, and families at our Outdoor School located at Grizzly Creek Ranch, near Portola, CA, and run an epic summer camp for 8-17 year olds.
• We train teachers on how to bring engaging STEM lessons to their classrooms as well as how to utilize the outdoor classroom.
• Through our Family Science/STEM Nights, we involve families to reinforce classroom concepts.
Here at SNJ we believe that outdoor science education is not just a luxury but a necessity. Over 55% of the students we serve are from low-income families, and building capacity to fundraise enables us to help under-served students across our region.
WHO ARE YOU?
Our program participants reflect the diversity within our communities, and we value the same on our staff. Whether you’re an urbanite or mountain (wo)man, from the east coast, west coast, North Pole or Mars, you’ll fit right in. Though we come from all sorts of places, what bonds the SNJ family is a deep commitment to our mission and the professional skillset to execute it.
WHERE WE OPERATE
SNJ has three locations: our headquarters in Reno, NV our science campus in Portola, CA, and a satellite office in Sacramento, CA. We serve students along the I-80 corridor from Sacramento, CA to Fallon, NV, with the majority of students clustered around our three locations.
The Core Educator will work at our headquarters in Reno, NV. Our offices are located downtown, in the middle of a burgeoning community of locally owned shops, restaurants, coffee shops and offices. With big-city amenities but a small-town vibe, Reno has the best of both worlds (like our 19 minute average commute and international airport located 2 miles from downtown). From the whitewater rafting park in the middle of downtown to 18 ski resorts and nearby Lake Tahoe, Reno is a wonderful place to work and play, with a little something for everyone.
SNJ is seeking a dynamic education professional to help expand the program base for Sierra Nevada Journeys in Reno, NV. This position requires a motivated individual with an engaging personality and an insistence on excellence who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking capacity through outdoor science education across classrooms that mirror the demographics in Northern Nevada. We are seeking someone prepared to teach in a variety of settings (classroom, outdoors, family science nights), develop curriculum, grade and analyze assessments and support the overall education operations of the Classrooms Unleashed program. The position requires an individual who is able to thrive independently and work well on a team, and who is committed to supporting a non-profit on the cutting edge of the Informal Education industry. The Core Educator will report directly to SNJ’s Reno Program Manager.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
o Teach SNJ programs in the classroom and field and lead Family Science Nights. Typical programs may include the following:
• Classrooms Unleashed programs consist of 4 lesson units based on topics including Watershed, Earth Science and Life Science, and culminate with an outdoor field study at a local natural area.
• Outdoor field studies include leading trail groups of 12-20 students through a variety of field-based science activities during ½ day field trips to local natural areas.
• Deliver and analyze student assessment and teacher program evaluations for program feedback and improvement.
• Family Science Night Lead
o Serve as lead contact for school event point person after program booking
o Manage development of new station and design challenge ideas
o Prepare, maintain and replenish supplies
o Coordinate with SNJ lead for each event to ensure smooth program delivery
o Coordinate volunteers and interns to support at Family Science Nights
• Curriculum Development
o Design high-quality curriculum and materials for a variety of settings and audiences on an as needed basis.
• Teacher Mentor and Staff Development
o Work closely with pre-service student teachers, interns, and volunteers to provide training, growth, coaching, and development for their time with Sierra Nevada Journeys.
• Outreach and Special Events
o Represent SNJ at career and internship fairs.
o Represent SNJ at various conferences and workshops. Includes submitting proposals to deliver presentations/workshops, or acting as a participant in PD opportunities.
• Summers: Depends on applicant. Program development, curriculum writing, and/or supporting, teaching or observing other SNJ programs, including Summer Search backpacking-based program. Time-off can be negotiated during the summers.
• 2+ years teaching experience (credential required)
• Excellent written, phone and in-person professional communication skills
• Current Red Cross CPR and First Aid (or willing to fulfill this requirement prior to start date)
• Ability to pass background check
• Passionate commitment to providing opportunities for/working with kids of all backgrounds
• Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
• Ability to lift up to 25 pounds and hike 2-3 miles with a backpack
• Reliable vehicle (ability to drive to school and field sites in and around a large city)
• Higher education degree in related field
• Wilderness First Responder certification
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
• Dynamic work environment
• Fun/fulfilling career
• Innovative company focused on improving outdoor education delivery
• Full salary and Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
Sierra Nevada Journeys is committed to seeking and sustaining a diverse workplace, and to principles that promote inclusive practices. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to indicated email. In the subject line of your email please include “Reno Core Educator” and your last name.