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Posted 01 Feb

Nature Educator

Rivers to Ridges
Whitehorse Freelance

Organization Overview

Rivers to Ridges believes that reconnecting ourselves to nature is crucial for healthy bodies and minds. When we have a strong relationship with the natural world, we have healthy relationships with ourselves and our community. We deliver nature programming for youth and families through naturalist studies, survival skills and scenarios, sensory awareness activities, storytelling, team and individual challenges, forest songs, and land stewardship. Our educational philosophy is built on concept nature mentorship. We encourage learners to develop a deep sense of place through understanding their role in the natural world. Our teaching is guided by the learners' passions, and we work to customize our programming around each unique group of students. We believe strongly in fostering curiousity and we strive to hold space for learners to come to answers at his or her own pace. Our year-round programs are based out of Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwach'an Council.

Job Overview

We are looking for an engaging, creative and dynamic individual to fill the role of Nature Educator with Rivers to Ridges. You will be responsible for preparing and implementing a wide range of outdoor modules, activities, lessons and games. You will help with prep work before the start of program, including, but not limited to designing program, gathering and creating materials, visiting the site, etc. During program, you will be present and focused on the participants' safety and experience. After program, you may be engaging with parents/guardians, debriefing with other staff, submitting incident reports, and gathering and maintaining materials, as well as other tasks. The ideal candidate will be passionate about outdoor learning with an ability to reach out to children and create a relationship of mutual trust through a mentoring relationship. The goal is to help foster curiosity in young people and be a dedicated ally in the process of wilderness learning.

Responsibilities

-Present modules and instruct in an engaging and clear manner

-Plan and execute creative outdoor learning experiences for children and youth

-Use skills-based instruction, as well an awareness-building approach, to teach topics ranging from shelter-building, wildlife tracking, bird language, storytelling, canoe instruction, wild harvesting, fire-making, sensory training, plant identification and more. (Knowledge of all of these topics is not necessary, however willingness to learn and research is crucial.)

-Provide individualized instruction to learners as needed

-Create educational content as needed (carving, building, photocopying, etc.)

-Use Rivers to Ridges equipment and materials with care; help with maintenance

-Collaborate and work respectfully alongside other educators

-Enrich outdoor teaching skills and knowledge through independent and/or collaborative research

-Observe and understand learners’ behaviour and psyche and report suspicions of neglect, abuse etc.

-Listen to and work to honour the needs of parents

Requirements

-Proven experience working outdoors with youth with a range of abilities and backgrounds

-Strong foundation in outdoor knowledge and skills, with specific interests or passions (ex: plant identification, friction fires, etc.)

-Available for multiple full weeks of camp during Summer 2017, and ideally mid-late March 2017

-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

-Well-organized and able to be part of a facilitation team

-Committed to being on time and focused on the participants

-Energetic, creative and engaging

-Knowledge of various teaching approaches, and willingness to learn mentoring-style of education

-Basic CPR-C First Aid Training or willingness to acquire

Assets

-University Degree in Education and/or Environmental field

-Flatwater or Moving Water canoe instruction certification or experience instructing

-Forest School, Art of Mentoring training or previous work experience teaching in a similar capacity

-Wilderness First Aid certificate (WAFA or WFR)

-Experience with creative storytelling and songs with young people

-Experience working with power tools

-Any other relevant outdoor certifications

Wage: $20-$28 depending on experience. This is a part-time, contract position. Applicants must be available to work for several full-time weeks in Summer 2017, potentially March 2017 as well as some Saturdays. Hours worked will include a wage for preparatory time.

If interested in this position, please submit: a cover letter and resume, as well as your availability for the year of 2017 to riverstoridgesyukon@gmail.com by February 26, 2017.

Additional Application Instructions

If interested in this position, please submit: a cover letter and resume, as well as your availability for the year of 2017 to riverstoridgesyukon@gmail.com by February 26, 2017.

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