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Forest Preschool Educators (Early Childhood Educator) (Full- and Part-time Positions)
Position Forest Preschool Educator (Early Childhood Educator) NOC 4214
Location Whitehorse, Yukon
Program Overview The Nest is a new Forest Preschool program servicing young children aged 3-5, and run by Rivers to Ridges. We encourage learners to develop a deep sense of place through understanding their role in the natural world. Our teaching is guided by the learners' passions, and we work to customize our programming around our unique group of students. We believe strongly in fostering a deep sense of curiosity and holding space for significant amounts of outdoor, exploratory play to build a foundation for a healthy start.
Organization Overview Rivers to Ridges believes that deepening our connection to natural world is crucial for healthy bodies and minds. When we have a strong relationship with the land, we have healthy relationships with ourselves and our community. We deliver nature programming for children and youth all year round through naturalist studies, survival skills and scenarios, sensory awareness activities, storytelling, team and individual challenges, forest songs, and land stewardship. We run camps in all seasons for ages 5-18, in-school workshops, educator trainings, and more. Our educational philosophy is built on concept nature mentorship, working alongside children to discover answers together. Our year-round programs are based out of Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwach'an Council.
Job Overview We are looking for an engaging, creative and dynamic individual to fill the role of Forest Preschool Educator with Rivers to Ridges at The Nest. You will be responsible for caring and programming for young children aged 3-5 each day. During program, you will be present and focused on the children's' safety and experience. You will prioritize regular routines, consistency, and outdoor exploring time in all seasons (including Yukon winter conditions). After program, you may be engaging with parents/guardians, debriefing with other staff, gathering and maintaining program materials, preparing for the next day, and other tasks as they come up. The ideal candidate will be passionate about outdoor learning with an ability to reach out to children and create a relationship based on mutual trust and mentoring support. The goal in this position is to help foster curiosity in young children and to be a dedicated ally in the process of wilderness learning.
Design and execute daily routines and plan appropriate creative outdoor learning experiences for children
Liaise respectfully with Elders, knowledge-keepers, and other visiting guests
Differentiate learning approaches for children based on a variety of needs
Use skills-based instruction, as well an awareness-building approach, to teach topics ranging from shelter-building, wildlife tracking, bird language, storytelling, wild harvesting, sensory training, plant identification and more. (Knowledge of all of these topics is not necessary, however willingness to learn and research is crucial.)
Create educational content as needed (carving, building, photocopying, etc.)
Participate in regular staff culture circles
Use Rivers to Ridges equipment and materials with care; help with maintenance
Collaborate and work respectfully alongside other educators
Enrich outdoor teaching skills and knowledge through independent and/or collaborative research
Observe and understand learners’ behaviour and psyche and report suspicions of neglect, abuse, etc.
Listen to and work to honour the needs of parents and families
Other related responsibilities as needed
Level 1, 2, or 3 Early Childhood Education designation (or willingness to obtain prior to September 2018)
Current successful experience working with children 3 years – 5 years of age in a child care environment demonstrating/modelling healthy and positive behaviours
Proven experience and interest working creatively outdoors with young children with a range of abilities and backgrounds
Recent experience planning, developing and implementing a variety of recreational, social, life skill and parenting programming and activities for young children
Experience working effectively in a team environment
Demonstrated work ethic and the ability to maintain professional confidentiality
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Well-organized and able to be part of a teaching team
Must be available from August 2018 to June 2019 (with likelihood of extension)
Note: An equivalent combination of education and experience in the above areas will also be considered.
Benefits of Employment
Join a team of passionate outdoor learning professionals
Access to unique professional development opportunities
Work with nationally recognized and supported program
Enjoy significant time outside in your job
Conditions of Employment
Current (within 6 months) clean Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
Medical clearance, ’fit to work’ designation & TB test
Current immunization record
Basic CPR-C First Aid Training or willingness to acquire prior to September 2018