About Kestrel: Kestrel Educational Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. We offer place-based natural science adventures for schools, camps, and the general public. Our participants learn through direct experiences in the local natural world, guided by qualified instructors with flexible plans. We believe in building a better and more sustainable world through excellent, student – centered natural science education. Our program instructors guide children in developing their abilities to make and share original discoveries and understand complex natural systems. We believe that everyone should develop their own values through experience, and that this is the most powerful route to sustainability and conservation action. We teach everyone that they should wander, explore, touch, imagine, and live in the natural world. Silliness, muddiness, and storytelling are as much a part of our day as collecting and analyzing data. In addition to our school programs, we operate a simple public facility called the Get Outside Center, designed to engage everyone in the many ways they can connect with the natural world right around them. Kestrel is a very small organization with an excellent and dedicated group of staff and volunteers. Because of our small size, we do not have any full time, year round positions available, or any staff housing facilities. We do have a great place to work and lots of opportunities to learn. And chocolate.
Dates and Hours
This position is for the spring season only, with the possibility of continuing on in the following school year. The position is approximately 15-30 hours per week, per diem, depending on the program load in a given week. The specific hours are flexible.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with other education staff to custom -build experiential science programs for schools
• Develop and present indoor and outdoor ecology programs for students in preschool through middle school, and occasional high school programs, including after-school series programs
• Cultivate students’ science process skills and ecological literacy
• Travel to school sites to instruct programs
• Participate in maintaining the Get Outside Center as a functioning and welcoming facility, including routine organizing, and occasional animal care or simple maintenance tasks, and welcoming guests to the center
•Other relevant tasks as needed
•Undergraduate or advanced degree in education or environmental field, or equivalent experience
•2 or more years experience teaching children in classroom and/or field settings, or experience as a field naturalist or biologist along with a natural affinity for education
•Experience teaching in depth, cumulative science skills and natural history, ideally using essential questions and adapting lessons to students’ ideas, interests, skills, and spontaneous events in nature.
•Willingness to relinquish some predictability and control in favor of authentic student voice and genuine inquiry
• Trust in children’s ability to construct learning and meaning for themselves with guidance, and ability to provide flexible enough learning experiences to allow them to do so
•Comfort handling small, harmless wildlife, including insects, reptiles, and amphibians, including snakes
•Strong interest or background in New England natural history
• A supportive and non-punitive approach to group and behavior management
•Ability to carry up to 30 pounds, and to walk uphill on or off trails up to 4 miles a day, in all weather
•Willingness to work flexible hours, including some early days, beginning as early as 7am upon occasion, and some long days (up to 12 hours on occasion)
•Strong concern for the natural environment and an interest in working towards its protection by educating young people
•Reliable vehicle with ample empty space for transporting teaching equipment
•Current First Aid / CPR (required) and Lifeguard (preferred) certifications or willingness to acquire these at own expense
Pay Rate Starting pay is $14-$16 per hour depending on education and experience level. Flexible schedule, supportive work environment, unique programming, time outdoors, and dedicated, passionate colleagues. The Kestrel office is located in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts.