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
Bonus Qualifications ● Bilingual (Spanish and English)
● 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. Allie@Vveducation.org, Laura@Vveducation.org, Paula@Vveducation.org
Ideal start date: August 31, 2020
Compensation ● 1st Year regular pay is $12/hour (38-45 hours/week, approx. $460/week). Pay will increase to $13/hour on January 1st, 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:
Website - http://vveducation.org
Phone Number - (650) 747-9288
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL & OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Mailing Address: 2066 N. Capitol Ave., Suite 3028, San Jose, CA 95132
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