Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:11 AM
JOB POSTED 10 hours ago
WAGE $16-18 per hour
JOB TYPE Full-time
SCHEDULE Mornings, Afternoons, Weekdays
CATEGORIES Carpenter, Collaborative, Community Oriented, Education, Family Owned, Mission Driven, Program Coordinator, Teacher, Women Owned, Youth Worker, Instructor
Equal parts passionate outdoor educator, vibrant naturalist mentor and tinkering woodshop/building nerd, the Sienna Ranch Woodshop Program Coordinator and Nature Program Instructor is the primary woodshop teacher in our Woodshop and Natural Building classes and camps. This position manages the shared use of the woodshop space, program supplies, materials and equipment as well as a monthly program budget. The Woodshop Coordinator and Nature Program Instructor will also teach our Nature Program classes and camps, including Explorers and Junior Ranchers. This position reports to the Ranch Director.
Non-exempt. Permanent. Full-time. Year-round.
School Year Schedule: Monday-Friday, 30-35 hours per week Summer Schedule: Monday-Friday, 35-40 hours per week Start Date: January 2018 (earlier start date negotiable)
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
● Design engaging, innovative, and fun Woodshop and Natural Building curriculum for camps and classes
● Teach up to six specialty Woodshop and Natural Building classes per week, up to four Nature Program classes during the school year, as well as other classes and activities as assigned
● Teach morning and afternoon camps in our summer and holiday camp program
● Train Nature Program instructors on woodshop projects, safety, and classroom management
● Collaborate with Nature Program curriculum creators to design appropriate woodshop projects for our Nature Program classes and camps
● Manage an annual budget to purchase all necessary woodshop supplies, materials and equipment
● Manage the woodshop as a shared space, communicate with other instructors as necessary, proactively address concerns or problems which may arise
● Participate in staff trainings and professional development as needed
● Participate in staff hiring decisions, staff meetings, and actively contribute to a positive work environment
● Maintain prompt and professional email communication with Ranch administration, proactively communicate any concerns
● Take responsibility for the safety, education and happiness of all participants in your classes and camps
● Encourage respect and empathy between participants, as well as respect for the Ranch animals, equipment and facilities
● Ensure appropriate and safe behavior for all participants, utilizing the Sienna Ranch Parent/Guardian Report system when necessary and proactively communicating with administration when issues arise
● Be a model of kindness, flexibility and professionalism
● At least 1 year experience teaching woodshop, building, or tinkering with hand tools
● At least 2 years outdoor education experience, including hiking on uneven or undeveloped terrain with groups of children, finding and following nature mysteries, and facilitating unstructured nature exploration
● A sincere passion for connecting children to nature, mentoring young people, and working with youth outside in all weather
● Ability to lead curriculum, activities, games and projects as assigned, and to follow a strict daily timetable
● Ability to improvise, be creative, proactive and flexible, with a strong back pocket of nature games and activities
● Ability to patiently and positively mentor youth from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, ages and experiences
● Ability to patiently, professionally and positively communicate with parents
● Committed to being a solution-oriented, self-motivated community member in a cooperative, team-oriented atmosphere
● Able to work with minimal direct supervision
● Able to check and respond to email communications within 24 business hours
● Current First Aid and CPR for Adult and Child certifications, and clear TB test results (or ability to acquire before first day or work)
APPLICATION Email cover letter, resume, contacts for THREE professional references, and answers to the application questions below to Chris Lauf at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, no later than December 1st, 2017. Please make sure to include your name, phone number and email address. We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Please reflect on and respond to the following questions:
How did you hear about this position?
What was your favorite part of being outside as a child, and how has this shaped your style, techniques and philosophy of working with youth outside? (max. 1 page).
What motivates you most to work at Sienna Ranch?
SCENARIO: Imagine you are teaching a woodshop class with 8 students, one of whom has a very strong woodshop background compared to the other students. This student loudly proclaims to the class that she is bored and ‘knows all this stuff already’. Normally well-behaved, the student becomes increasingly unfocused and disruptive, finally throwing a pencil across the woodshop. Please briefly describe how you would handle this situation.
Please list at least one question you have for us about Sienna Ranch, or the Woodshop Coordinator and Nature Program Instructor position.
Sienna Ranch is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and other groups traditionally under-represented in outdoor education. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
• Location: Lafayette, Lafayette, CA
• Post ID: 31278517 lafayette