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Instructor/ Nature Mentor

Part-time (1 to 3 days per week) from September 2020 to June 2021
Location: Lower Mainland, BC (Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Delta)
Start date: September 8, 2020

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking an Instructor/Nature Mentor to join our team to offer unique programs in the beautiful forests and beaches of the Lower Mainland.

This is an opportunity to share your gifts with youth through nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning, be immersed in a mentoring model that can be applied to any school or organization, and gain skills and experience from experienced and well-trained mentors in curriculum topics including ecology, edible and medicinal plants, basic outdoor/survival skills, wildlife tracking, bird identification and behavior, and sensory development games and activities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Part time instructor working with kids aged 7-12 for fall 2020 to spring 2021  for 1-3 days per week
  • Passion and knowledge about some of the following: survival skills, wildlife tracking, edible and medicinal plants, navigation, forest ecology, knife safety skills, bird language and identification
  • Development and implementation of age specific programming for kids aged 7-12
  • Maintain clear and consistent communication with students, parents and other staff
  • Maintain all relevant paper work and administrative support for programs

Must haves:

  • Minimum 2 year experience in nature-based mentoring with children
  • Standard First Aid (will be required by date of hire)
  • Clear Criminal Record Check (will be required by date of hire)

Preferred, but not required to apply:

  • Familiarity with Coyote Mentoring/8 shields model (developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School)
  • Graduate of the Anake Program and the Anake Leadership Program, RDNA program or similar program
  • Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program, or equivalent
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
  • Child Development Expertise
  • Wilderness First Aid

The ideal candidate demonstrates:

  • A desire to use your gifts to help guide people into a closer connection with the natural world
  • Naturalist skills as well as earth based living skills/primitive skills
  • Experience working with children and youth aged 7-12
  • Excellent group facilitation skills
  • Understanding and practice of effective, clear and compassionate communication skills
  • Comfort in handling student and family affairs in a competent, open and professional way;
  • Creative and crafty with a love of making cool things with your hands out of natural materials
  • A healthy sense of humour

Location:

Our programs run entirely outdoors in the beautiful forests of Lower Mainland, British Columbia. Most programs are in Vancouver or North Vancouver and are accessible by transit, car or bike. Programs in Coquitlam and Delta are less frequent, and accessible by car only. Carpooling is available amongst staff for these locations.

Start Date:

September 8, 2020. Training is September 8-11. Hours will fluctuate based on the weekly program schedule, between 1-3 days/week.

Compensation:

Starting wage $20-$23 based on experience and availability
4 days paid training (Mandatory attendance September 8-11)
4% Vacation Pay

To Apply:

Please send your resume, 3 professional references, and a letter of interest to julia@soaringeaglenatureschool.org
Applications are due right away.The review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.
Thank you for your interest and please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
No phone calls please.