Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

Instructor Position - Vida Verde Nature Education

  • 25 Aug 2020 9:30 PM
    Message # 9190662

    Instructor Responsibilities
    This is a full-time, school-year (late August-early June) position

    *Program Work
    ● Virtual programming with students on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    ● Traveling 1-2 hours to facilitate in-person, outdoor, safe and socially-distanced programs one afternoon per week and some Saturdays.
    ● Manage student groups to success! Create an awesome space and team each week with a classroom of high-potential human beings.
    ● 5-7 Virtual Programs per week, which may include (but not limited to) leading/facilitating the below programs. These virtual programs will be 30 minutes long, and will combine both pre-recorded and live interactions with students.
      o Goat milking and cheese making
      o Redwood hike
      o Tidepool, marsh and beach exploration
      o Organic farm exploration
    ● Game and activity leading, conflict resolution, role modeling, decision making, first aid, and troubleshooting. (Both virtually and in person.)
    ● Maintain current Commercial Class C License and safely drive 20-passenger shuttle bus (license obtained upon hire, with support from V.V.’s Head of Program)
    ● Setting up technology (audio and video) for virtual meetings
    ● Editing and starring in videos for virtual lessons.
    ● Setting up and taking down program materials at parks

    *Due to the continuously changing circumstances caused by COVID-19, the programming responsibilities are subject to change. Potential changes could be (but not limited to):
    ● additional state/county restrictions that ​do not​ ​allow​ us to provide any in-person programs
    ● lifting of restrictions that ​enable​ us to host programs on site at Vida Verde again, either for day programming or our traditional 3-day, 2-night program (see below for more details).

    Outside of Program Work Typically Mondays and Fridays
    ● Participate in weekly, half-day student management/professional development workshops
    ● Participate in and prepare for fundraisers, donor events, and site work days
    ● Teambuilding and communication: attend staff meetings, professional development, and proactively keep up with work communications (email, etc.)
    ● Support Vida Verde in its ongoing efforts to create and implement the org JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) plan

    Camp Caretaker Work*
    Instructors will be responsible for a subset of the following Farm and Facilities chores (typically completed Mondays and Fridays):
    ● Raking pasture for compost and feeding farm animals
    ● Cleaning chicken coop and maintaining chicken flock
    ● Hot tub maintenance
    ● Program and farm shopping in town
    ● Recycling and trash runs
    ● Restroom cleaning
    ● Possible garden/landscaping work
    ● Vehicle maintenance/cleaning

    *Each weekend, one instructor is on animal/greenhouse duty for about three hours/weekend, on a rotating basis (approximately one weekend/month).

    Term of Work Late August-Early June
    ● The program operates during the school year from September-November and January-June, with about 31 weeks of program.
    (Due Covid-19, we may not have full 31 weeks of programming. Additional caretaking/facilities work will be provided during non-program weeks as available.)
    ● There is an instructor staff training week August 31-Sept 4, a lesson planning/video creation week September 7-11, an annual fundraiser in December, and additional caretaker work commitments outside of program weeks (for example, over winter break during late November and December).

    ● There is a break in late December/early January and a spring break in March.

    Qualifications of a Strong Applicant ● Inspired by and committed to the mission of the organization
    ● Strong individual and group student support and management skills
    ● Experience in outdoor education, classroom teaching and/or engaging low-income and students of color
    ● Desire to work in a small, values-driven nonprofit organization
    ● Experience in trauma-informed, culturally relevant and culturally responsive teaching
    ● Comfortable working independently and as part of a strong team
    ● Positive attitude, commitment to excellence, great communicator, full of integrity
    ● Enthusiastic about participating in an improvement-driven and supportive management system. Comfortable giving and receiving feedback and regularly setting/tracking goals.
    ● Current Commercial Class C Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement (Or ability to obtain immediately upon hire. Resources and financial support available.)
    ● Appreciation and comfort leading and teaching students in the outdoors in all types of weather
    ● Ability and willingness to work flexible hours (evenings and some weekends)
    ● Comfort and composure when dealing with adversity and conflict.
    ● Willingness to participate in community-building exercises and strive for positive and open communication in regards to living in a shared/communal environment, and working with a small and close-knit team.
    ● Current First Aid/CPR certification
    ● Adaptable
    ● Organized

    Bonus Qualifications
    ● Bilingual (Spanish and English)
    ● Handy
    ● Experience with virtual teaching and/or basic video production/editing
    ● Comfortable playing guitar or other instrument during songs/campfire

    Program Site Farm/office site in San Gregorio, CA and youth programming at parks throughout the Bay Area. (One hour from San Francisco, 45 minutes from Santa Cruz.)

    Application Procedure/Timeline
    Send a video of yourself teaching young people*, letter of interest, resume, and three references. Send by ​email only​ to all three of the following. Allie Roth, Laura Sears and Paula Alves.​,, ​

    Ideal start date: August 31, 2020

    ● 1​st​ Year regular pay is $12/hour (38-45 hours/week, approx. $460/week). ​Pay will increase to $13/hour on January 1​st​, 2021.
    ● Housing provided, in a large private bedroom in a three-bedroom house. (Closet, storage space, washer/dryer, shared living room/kitchen/bathrooms.) Access to community hot tub, trail, creek. Secluded rural setting.
    ● $200 monthly contribution towards group Health, Dental & Vision insurance.
    ● Full-time staff at Vida Verde are eligible for retirement benefits (Vida Verde matches up to 5% of your salary) after nine months of employment. Vida Verde’s contributions are applied retroactively upon completion of nine months of work, and are vested over a five-year period.
    ● Pro Deals (deep discounts on products from: North Face, Patagonia, Chaco, Mountain Hardwear, etc.)
    ● Paid Instructor and Caretaker Training (6-7 days)

    For More Information:
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    Phone Number - (650) 747-9288

    Last modified: 25 Aug 2020 9:34 PM | Anonymous


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