Association for Environmental & Outdoor education


NatureBridge is hiring Distance Learning Educators

  • 8 Oct 2020 11:14 AM
    Message # 9292289

    NatureBridge is seeking candidates for distance learning educators positions for our spring 2021 distance learning programs. This new position is designed to engage students in our mission through virtual program delivery to both classroom and individual audiences. We will have eight positions available, located across four NatureBridge campuses. Applicants will indicate their location preference in their online applications. 

    Founded in 1971 and based in San Francisco, NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental science education partner of the National Park Service. The mission of NatureBridge is to connect youth to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet. Prior to COVID-19, NatureBridge served more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offered programs in four national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. The recent addition of the Distance Learning Program represents an expansion of offerings designed to extend our mission’s reach. 

    NatureBridge is committed to becoming a more equitable organization. We actively work to change our organizational practices and culture to support our employees and program participants impacted by sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, misogyny, and other harmful current and historic systems. We seek and encourage people from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities to apply.

    As a new endeavor for NatureBridge, the scope of the work is still being adapted and fully defined. Distance Learning Educators will need to be adaptable to a changing program delivery landscape, as we build our offerings and gain more understanding about program success. 


    Primary Duties

    Program Delivery & Implementation (75%)

    • Teach programs using a variety of virtual platforms, including Google Meet, Zoom and Microsoft Teams
    • Meet standards of quality program delivery and professionalism

    • Adhere to all risk management protocol http://www.naturebridge.org/and guidance regarding virtual program delivery and managing risk appropriately for oneself and participants, including new and emerging protocols for COVID-19

    • Collaborate with teachers/administrators to plan and implement programming

    • Maintain and disinfect distance learning equipment, office space and technology (video cameras, microphones, etc) in accordance with COVID-19 protocols 

    • Document, provide feedback and reflect upon program delivery to support continuous improvement

    • Assemble student materials kits and mail to schools

    Curriculum Contributions (15%)

    • Adapt existing curriculum while meeting grant deliverables and programming objectives

    • Collaborate with education team members to develop and refine programming

    • Travel within local National Park to create on-location video and audio content, using technology such as GoPro cameras and movie-editing software

    • Learn and teach about other campus locations

    • Catalog curriculum digitally 

    Organizational Support (5%)

    • Provide on-campus support duties such as inventorying/maintaining supplies, opening and routing mail and/or reporting risk management concerns

    • Collaborate with non-education departments to leverage learnings

    • Support communications and marketing by contributing to blogs or other social media efforts or online events, including video production work, etc.

    • Participate in organizational-wide efforts as appropriate, such as donor engagement events, welcoming guests and board members during sessions

    Experience and Competencies

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

    Qualifications:

    • Ability to create a fun, relevant, student-centered learning experience in a virtual classroom

    • Minimum one year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience, including environmental education, science education, or outdoor education

    • Possess the social and emotional skills necessary to build rapport and positive relationships 

    • Commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and our community, and willingness to explore these topics professionally and personally

    • Experience in cultivating an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally relevant content and presenting multiple and balanced perspectives that connect NatureBridge curriculum to students’ communities

    • Flexible, innovative, and dedicated to continuous improvement and reflection 

    • Comfort with and excitement to engage with a variety of technologies and virtual platforms 

    • Willingness to navigate new programmatic territory with humility, confidence, flexibility and a positive attitude

    • Work well both independently and as part of a team

    Compensation

    Starting pay is $13/hr, with an average of 32 hrs a week. Educators are eligible for medical, dental and vision insurance, paid training, paid vacation and sick time. Shared housing is provided as a benefit of employment.

    How to Apply

    Apply By October 19th, 2020 to be considered for positions beginning in late January 2021

    A complete application includes:


    For questions, please contact Emily Volz at distancelearning@naturebridge.org



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