Outdoor Education Specialist Teacher

New exciting position for educators who thrive outdoors.  This position is a combination of camp and our Outdoor Nature Preschool.
Job Description

Under the general direction of the COO/Executive Director of the Norton Outdoor Center, The Outdoor Education Specialist Teacher will serve a dual role increasing the quality of our Camp Finberg year-round outdoor education programming.  During the school year, the Specialist is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of a nature preschool at our Norton Outdoor Center in conjunction with the Center Program Director and the MA Department of Early Education and Care to design developmentally appropriate multi-sensory, play and nature-based curriculum incorporating a variety of hands-on experiences. During the summer months, the Specialist serves as a critical member of the Camp Finberg leadership team and will manage and coordinate ropes course activities, archery activities and garden programming for camp participants and training for camp staff. 

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Excellent organization skills
  • MA EEC Lead Teacher certification or willing to attain.
  • Interest and/or experience in nature-based, emergent, and anti-bias teaching in Early Childhood Education. 
  • Interest in the natural world and a willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Experience teaching young children.
  • Demonstrate success in working as a member of a team.
  • Effective and strong communication skills (oral and written).
  • Must be CPR and First Aid certified or willing to attain.
  • Instructor-level certification preferred.
  • Appropriate ropes/archery course certification or willingness to obtain certification.
Essential Functions
  • In collaboration with the Camp Directors and staff, create fun and engaging outdoor education program for all campers.
  • Maintains a safe environment and ensures all staff adheres to the ropes and archery course safety rules.
  • Monitors the outdoor education programming to ensure they are being delivered according to the established schedule.
  • Schedules staff accordingly for specialty camp weeks and special events.
  • Engages in positive rapport and open communication with staff, campers, and parents/guardians.
  • Maintains a face count of campers.
  • Is attentive to the feelings and emotions of campers and responds or intervenes appropriately.
  • Promotes the unique talents and diverse abilities of campers by establishing a welcoming environment.
  • Monitors interactions between campers to ensure healthy dialogue and offers guidance on conflict resolution as needed.
  • Attends all mandatory YMCA staff meetings, team meetings, and staff trainings.
  • Abides by all camp and YMCA policies & procedures.
  • Actively promotes camp and the Attleboro YMCA.
  • Assists with other duties as assigned.