Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic & Prince William

Distance Learning Educator

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The Distance Learning Educator is a new position designed to engage students in our mission through virtual program delivery to both classroom and individual audiences. There are eight positions available, located across four NatureBridge campuses. Applicants will indicate in their location preference in their online application.

We have adapted our existing curriculum to the distance learning format, and will be expanding our offerings in the Spring of 2021. 

As a new endeavor for NatureBridge, the scope of the work is still being adapted and fully defined. Distance Learning Educators will need to be adaptable to a changing program delivery landscape, as we build our offerings and gain more understanding about program success.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Program Delivery & Implementation (75%)

  • Teach programs using a variety of virtual platforms, including Google Meet, Zoom and Microsoft Teams
  • Deliver “live” synchronous programming
  • Act as support educator and/or student work moderator
  • Meet standards of quality program delivery and professionalism
  • Adhere to all risk management protocol and guidance regarding virtual program delivery and managing risk appropriately for oneself and participants, including new and emerging protocols for COVID-19
  • Collaborate with teachers/administrators to plan and implement programming
  • Maintain and disinfect distance learning equipment, office space and technology (video cameras, microphones, etc) in accordance with COVID-19 protocols 
  • Document, provide feedback and reflect upon program delivery to support continuous improvement
  • Assemble student materials kits and mail to schools

Curriculum Contributions (15%)

  • Adapt existing curriculum to a distance learning format, adhering to the NatureBridge Theory of Change, while meeting grant deliverables and programming objectives
  • Adjust distance learning curriculum for individual enrollment programs
  • Collaborate with distance learning education team members across all NatureBridge locations to develop and refine programming
  • Collaborate with the National Park Service to develop and deliver programming 
  • Travel within local National Park to create on-location video and audio content, using technology such as GoPro cameras and movie-editing software
  • Learn and teach about other campus locations
  • Catalog curriculum digitally and support version control
  • Train and support others in remote program delivery methods and techniques

Organizational Support (5%)

  • Provide on-campus support duties such as inventorying/maintaining supplies, opening and routing mail and/or reporting risk management concerns
  • Collaborate with distance learning team members across non education departments to leverage learnings
  • Support communications and marketing by contributing to blogs or other social media efforts or online events, including video production work, etc.
  • Participate in organizational-wide efforts as appropriate, such as donor engagement events, welcoming guests and board members during sessions
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience, Competencies & Education

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Qualifications include:

  • Ability to create a fun, relevant, student-centered learning experience in a virtual classroom
  • Minimum one year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience, including environmental education, science education or outdoor education
  • Awareness of and continual commitment to engage in professional development opportunities to refine distance learning craft and share those learnings with others
  • Possess the social and emotional skills necessary to build rapport and positive relationships 
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and our community, and willingness to explore these topics professionally and personally
  • Experience in cultivating an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally relevant content and presenting multiple and balanced perspectives that connect NatureBridge curriculum to students’ communities
  • Flexible, innovative and dedicated to continuous improvement and reflection 
  • Comfort with and excitement to engage with a variety of technologies and virtual platforms 
  • Ability to adapt curriculum for virtual formats
  • Familiarity with NGSS and other related standards
  • Willingness to navigate new programmatic territory with humility, confidence, flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Work well both independently and as part of a team

Compensation

  • Starting pay at $13/hr. Average of 32 hours a work week
  • Paid training days
  • Full-time hires can elect to receive a comprehensive benefit plan, including: medical, dental and vision 
  • Full-time hires accrue vacation based on tenure
  • Paid sick day accruals based on full or part-time status
  • Shared housing is provided as a benefit of employment

Working Conditions

  • Physically able to be at assigned campus location during the term of this position
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, occasional weekends and across multiple time zones; partial work from home option is available
  • Ability to work in the United States
  • This job operates both in a professional office environment and in an outdoor setting
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment and multimedia technology such as computers, phones, photocopiers, video cameras, microphones
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; walk up to 2 miles on uneven terrain; sit; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.

Application Process

Join the Distance Learning team!