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Nature Preschool Teacher

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic teacher for our nature-based preschool in Chevy Chase, MD, just a few miles from Washington, DC.  Come join a warm and welcoming community committed to bringing the gift of wonder to children. We seek a strong candidate with experience teaching preschool children, a love of nature and the outdoors, and a desire to help young children learn about and connect with the environment. Our play-based, nature-based curriculum requires teachers who are active and comfortable exploring the outdoors in all types of weather. Flexibility, reliability, and organization are key to the role. Natural history knowledge and experience is a plus.

This is a full-time position from late August to early June, with a possible summer extension to make it year round. The hours of employment are 8am – 4pm Mondays through Thursdays and 8am – 2pm on Fridays.

Applicants must have a degree in education or an education-related field (Human development, psychology, etc) and at least two years of experience working with young children.

The ideal candidate will:

*  Create an engaging atmosphere and develop meaningful activities and experiences for children ages 3 to 5
*  Collaborate with a team to further develop our school’s nature-based curriculum
*  Interact, guide and play with the children at their physical level
*  Be familiar with Creative Curriculum, Responsive Classroom, Multiple Intelligences, play–based learning, and Emergent curriculum
*  Design activities that are child-initiated, and cover physical, social/emotional, linguistic, and cognitive development
*  Communicate effectively with families
*  Generate weekly lesson plans that focus on students’ interests
*  Lead informal outdoor hikes and explorations for students and families

Employment is contingent upon successful FBI and State background checks. We are an equal opportunity employer. Open until filled. Position starts 8/24/15.

Please email a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references to: preschool.teacher.search@gmail.com.  


Nature Sanctuary Property Manager

The Audubon Naturalist Society, whose mission is toinspire residents of the greater Washington, DC, region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy, is searching for a Nature Sanctuary Property Manager. Roughly half the time will be spent outdoors managing tree and plant restoration on the grounds while the other half will be spent overseeing interior and exterior maintenance of the historic Woodend Mansion, the headquarters of ANS.

The ideal candidate will be a team player with a willingness to learn and have excellent communications skills in interacting with the public, vendors, volunteers and staff. The candidate should also be handy in making small repairs and will work to keep our public face crisp, clean and welcoming. The Property Manager will create supporting operational and capital budgets and supervise the assistant property manager and outside contractors. Must be willing to work outside of regular business hours.

For a complete description of responsibilities click here. Interested candidates should sent a cover letter and resume to contact@anshome.org by July 30, 2015.


Contract Naturalist

Teach and lead ANS environmental education programs including School Programs, Afterschool Nature Clubs, Nature Birthday Parties, Scouts, School's Out Nature Camps, and other special events throughout the DC metro area. Most programs are led individually; leader is responsible for organizing materials, setting up room, leading program and cleaning room after the program. Some programs take place entirely outside and include the use of live animals. This position is based out of the Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

contract naturalist adRequirements
Experience working with young children a must (Ages 3-11)
Experience leading or assisting informal environmental education lessons/programs
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
Must pass FBI and State of Maryland Background Check

Desired Qualities
Experience with natural history of Maryland and DC
Experience working/teaching in an outdoor setting
Experience handling live animals
Ability to work independently
Outgoing and friendly
Organized and ability to multitask
Excellent communication skills
CPR/First Aid Certified (or the ability to become within 1 month of hire)

General Schedule
This is a contract position. Contract Naturalists are contacted on an as needed basis for programs during the week and over the weekend. Flexible and seasonal scheduling averages 2-15 hours/week in the Spring, Summer, and Fall; 2-15 hours/month in the Winter.  Programs may take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Casual, friendly work environment.

Pay
$12/hour; this position does not offer additional benefits.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references by email to Karen Vernon at karen.vernon@anshome.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Audubon Naturalist Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


Contract Naturalist (Northern Virginia)

Teach and lead ANS environmental education programs including School Programs, Afterschool Nature Clubs, Nature Birthday Parties, Scouts, School's Out Nature Camps, and other special events throughout the Northern Virginia metro area. Most programs are led individually; leader is responsible for organizing materials, setting up room, leading program and cleaning room after the program. Some programs take place entirely outside and include the use of live animals. This position is based out of the Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg, VA.

Requirements
Experience working with young children a must (Ages 3-11)
Experience leading or assisting informal environmental education lessons/programs
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
Must pass FBI and State of Virginia Background Check

Desired Qualities
Experience with natural history of Virginia
Experience working/teaching in an outdoor setting
Experience handling live animals
Ability to work independently
Outgoing and friendly
Organized and ability to multitask
Excellent communication skills
CPR/First Aid Certified (or the ability to become within 1 month of hire)

General Schedule
This is a contract position. Contract Naturalists are contacted on an as needed basis for programs during the week and over the weekend. Flexible and seasonal scheduling averages 2-15 hours/week in the Spring, Summer, and Fall; 2-15 hours/month in the Winter.  Programs may take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Casual, friendly work environment.

 

Pay
$30 for a 1 hr program or $35 for a 1.5 hour program (pay is per program and includes prep time and clean up time after the program). This position does not offer additional benefits.
 
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references by email to Susanne Ortmann at susanne.ortmann@anshome.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Audubon Naturalist Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


 

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