Master Educator Position

Black Rock Forest- Master Educator Position

 

The successful candidate will have a strong background in the natural sciences and experience in teaching for diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor settings, providing programs for a variety of age-groups from K-12 to adult audiences. In addition to teaching, the candidate should have experience supervising staff and/or interns and managing programs ranging from day trips to summer camps. Experience in environmental and/or educational research is preferable but not required. The candidate will serve as primary liaison between Black Rock Forest and the institutional members of the Black Rock Forest Consortium and will work closely with research and conservation staff to bring state of the art programming to the varied constituent audiences of Black Rock Forest. The candidate should be creative, dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and willing to work with a variety of audiences including teachers, researchers and conservationists to develop and implement relevant programming in the 3,914 acre forest.

 

Job Description:

  • Liaise with consortium member institutions
  • Lead forest explorations and lab investigations in science and other disciplines for groups of students from elementary school age to college
  • Ensure that all educational programs promote cultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Support logistics for the visits of school groups and the public
  • Develop new curriculum modules for consortium members’ use
  • Support consortium teachers as they develop curricular activities
  • Connect forest research and conservation to education programs
  • Support citizen science activities based in the Forest for students and the public
  • Coordinate and manage the BRF Summer Science Camp for youth
  • Manage online access to forest data and curricular materials (e.g. Peck Stacpoole Online Education Collection)
  • Maintain physical educational resources such as field equipment, lab spaces and the new Moretti Education Center
  • Recruit and supervise interns
  • Participate in grant writing activities
  • Support implementation of technological advances in education (e.g. smartphone app innovations and data collection digital tools)

 

Qualifications and Experience of the Successful Candidate

  • Bachelor’s and advanced degrees, preferably including environmental or related sciences and/or STEM/STEAM education
  • Significant experience in formal or informal K-12 educational settings teaching disciplines that relate to forest ecology
  • Experience with and affinity for delivering place-based outdoor learning experiences (e.g. NOLS, Outward Bound type experiences), as well as informal science and sustainability lessons.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and experience with promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and organizations
  • Experience teaching a broad age-range of students (some subset of K -12, college level students, teachers and other adult audiences)
  • Experience designing curriculum, with a view to adapting for different age-groups and diverse populations of youth, including youth of color, immigrants and underserved youth.
  • Experience and knowledge of curriculum development in experiential and transdisciplinary education (e.g. STEM and STEAM)
  • Experience in the use of technologies for teaching and learning
  • Experience with citizen science investigations
  • Excellent communication skills for a wide range of age-levels (writing, oral, and digital)
  • Experience with creating hands-on inquiry-based learning activities

 

Application Materials- Send the following to Barbara Brady at office.manager@blackrockforest.org

 

  • Cover letter + Resume + Three References
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy (max. 2 pages)
  • Recommended:
    • Brief video (max. 10 min) of sample teaching (outdoor or indoor forest-related lesson) and written reflection on the activity, OR
    • Forest-related lesson plan that you have used and/or created, and a written reflection on the lesson activity.

 

Application Deadline: Ongoing until position has been filled

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Start Date: Flexible (Fall 2019 or later)

Driver’s license necessary