The Outdoor Classroom: Open Position!

Open Position: Education Program Facilitators (multiple)
Organization: The Outdoor Classroom
Date Opened: 18 November 2013
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Are you at home in the forests, meadows and streams? Does your work uniform include hiking boots and blue jeans? Looking to join a like-minded yet diverse group of educators working with students in a hands-on outdoor environment? Then look no further! The Outdoor Classroom opened its doors in the fall of 2004 and is quickly growing as environmental education destination in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Nestled within 475 acres of the Boyce Mayview Park just 12 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh The Outdoor Classroom is dedicated to “highlighting the connection between people and the natural world of Southwestern Pennsylvania” and offers something for everyone, including programs for teachers, students, service groups, government officials, business leaders and community residents.
We’re currently looking for energetic, motivated, outdoor individuals to teach our hands-on curriculum to students ages 2 through adult via school programs, daytime and evening naturalist hikes, environmental camps and more both on and off site.

With flexible schedules and a beautiful setting these positions are ideal for individuals who work well as a cohesive team and just as strongly as an independent instructor; who have a love for the environment and the willingness to teach in and about it to encourage better decisions in both future and current generations. Individuals will need to hike moderately while keeping the attention of a wide variety of educational groups, carry equipment to and from field sites within the park and work well outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

The Outdoor Classroom welcomes a variety in instructor backgrounds and strengths focusing on but not limited to an applicable working knowledge of Southwestern Pennsylvania ecology and current environmental issues, formal and/or non-formal educational experience with students of varying ages and abilities, the ability to “think on your feet” and adapt to teachable moments when they present themselves, good group management skills (in an outdoor setting is preferred) and the ability to connect your students to the environment in a way that is tangible to them creating lasting memories and knowledge retention.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter, current résumé or CV and three references as a PDF attachment to Jessica@TheOutdoorClassroomPA.org and as hard copies to the address below. Phone calls are encouraged but do not replace the submission of the required documents.
Jessica Kester, Program Manager The Outdoor Classroom
Post Office Box 12566 Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 P: (412) 838-0064 F: (412) 838-0067

** SEE THE FOLLOWING PAGES FOR THE VARIOUS POSITIONS AVAILABLE **


Post Office Box 12566
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15241
In Boyce Mayview Park
Phone (412) 838-0064
TheOutdoorClassroomPA.org: Informed Decisions Through Education


Casual Education Program Facilitator
Casual Facilitators work on an as-needed basis with an extremely flexible schedule and help fill the gaps in program staffing during busy day, nights and weekend programs. Casual Facilitators are required to work at least one day per calendar month between April – October (when applicable) during their employment. We are currently seeking multiple educators for this position with spring and fall start dates available.
Duties:
Educational duties
o Act as a strong environmental role model for ages 2 – 18 while leading school groups in hands-on outdoor classes
o Enthusiastic leadership of community programs both on and off-site
o Engage the public during public relation outreach programs (community days etc.)
Administrative duties
o Personal preparation for the presentation of all programs
o Be on time for all programs (on and off-site)
o Correct records management (timesheet, mileage, student counts etc.)
o Maintenance of teaching sites and materials
o Attend the mandatory staff meeting (spring and fall only)
Required Qualifications:
Act 33/34, 151 and 114 clearances or ability to obtain them
Knowledge of Pennsylvania flora and fauna
CPR & First Aid certification or ability to obtain them
Reliable transportation
Ability to hike over uneven/steep terrain with materials
Experience Preferred but Not Required:
Bachelor’s degree in related field
Degree in Education, Science or other environmental related area highly preferred
Hands-on experience with multiple age groups ranging from Preschool through Adults
Previous teaching experience in the environmental field
Summer day camp experience (for summer season)
Daytime availability is preferred but all availabilities will be considered
Hours: On an as-needed basis
Compensation: $10.50 per hour
Start Date: 24 March 2014 (spring)
8 September 2014 (fall)

Seasonal Education Program Facilitator
Seasonal Facilitators work an average of 20 hours/week (40 hours per pay) and must be available from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily including some night and weekend work. Seasonal Facilitators are responsible for all preparation of teaching materials, light curriculum development and must be able to teach any of the educational programs we offer. Seasonal Facilitators also act as a public relation liaisons at outreach events such as community days. We are currently seeking multiple educators for this position with spring, summer (limited) and fall start dates available.
Duties:
Educational duties
o Act as a strong environmental role model for ages 2 – 18 while leading school groups in hands-on outdoor classes
o Enthusiastic leadership of community programs both on and off-site
o Engage the public during public relation outreach programs (community days etc.)
Administrative duties
o Personal preparation for the presentation of all programs
o Be on time for all programs (on and off-site)
o Correct records management (timesheet, mileage, student counts etc.)
o Maintenance of teaching sites and materials
o Care and organization of the Resource Room and all materials
o Attend the mandatory staff meeting (spring and fall only)
Assist the Program Administrator
o Aid in volunteer events including gardening, site clean-ups and mailing preparations
o Collect craft, game and activities as needed for summer camps
o Help manage the Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest (fall season)
Required Qualifications:
Act 33/34, 151 and 114 clearances or ability to obtain them
Knowledge of Pennsylvania flora and fauna
CPR & First Aid certification or ability to obtain them
Reliable transportation
Ability to hike over uneven/steep terrain with materials
Experience Preferred but Not Required:
Bachelor’s degree in related field
Degree in Education, Science or other environmental related area highly preferred
Hands-on experience with multiple age groups ranging from Preschool through Adults
Previous teaching experience in the environmental field
Summer day camp experience (for summer season)
Daytime availability is preferred but all availabilities will be considered
Hours: On an as-needed basis
Compensation: $10.50 per hour
Contracts: 24 March – 1 June 2014 (spring)
16 June – 3 August 2014 (summer)
7 September - 9 November 2014 (fall)

Long-term Program Facilitator
The Long-term Seasonal Facilitator works an average of 20 hours/week (40 hours per pay) and must be available from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily including some night and weekend work. This is a long-term position running from the beginning of the spring season to the end of the fall season and includes summer camps and curriculum development duties. The Long-term Seasonal Facilitator reports to the Program Administrator. We are currently seeking one educator to fill this leadership position starting with the spring season.
Duties:
Educational duties
o Act as a strong environmental role model for ages 2 – 18 while leading school groups in hands-on outdoor classes
o Enthusiastic leadership of community programs both on and off-site
o Engage the public during public relation outreach programs (community days etc.)
o Act as the co-leader of all summer camps (June-August)
o Become a mentor and leader to incoming and seasonal staff
Administrative duties
o Manage and maintain all educational equipment and supplies
o Care and organization of the Resource Room and all materials
o Create in-house monthly program displays
o Create engaging press articles for submission to local media outlets
o Attend the mandatory staff meeting (spring and fall only)
Assist the Program Administrator
o Aid in volunteer events including gardening, site clean-ups and mailing preparations
o Collect craft, game and activities as needed for summer camps
o Help manage the Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest (fall season)
o Maintain a consistent presence on the Classroom’s website and social media accounts
o Manage and maintain our mailing and geographic/demographic databases
Required Qualifications:
Act 33/34, 151 and 114 clearances or ability to obtain them
Knowledge of Pennsylvania flora and fauna
CPR & First Aid certification or ability to obtain them
Reliable transportation
Ability to hike over uneven/steep terrain with materials
High efficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Outstanding time management
Experience Preferred but Not Required:
Bachelor’s degree in education
Master’s Degree in education, science or related field highly preferred
Hands-on experience with multiple age groups ranging from Preschool through Adults
Previous teaching experience in the environmental field
Summer day camp experience
Hours: 40 hours/pay (bi-monthly)
Compensation: $10.50 per hour
Contract: 24 March through 9 November 2014