Educator Development Program

Educator Development Program

Our summer training program for educators from communities underrepresented in the field of environmental education increases their experience with outdoor teaching and risk management skills.
For more information, contact Diana Lòpez at dlopez@naturebridge.org or Meg Jakubowski at mjakubowski@naturebridge.org.
 

We train educators

The NatureBridge Educator Development Program encourages and aims to increase representation of those who have had historical and systemic barriers to the field of outdoor education and consequently the workforce.
 
 
We seek individuals with experience and skills working with the following populations: racial and ethnic minority groups, English Language Learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that may be underrepresented in the field of environmental education. We are also looking for staff with experience in community service projects, leadership, social and environmental justice, and activism. Ability to speak and teach in a language other than English and relevant to our student populations is preferred (for example, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese in California; Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali in Washington; Spanish, French, Amharic/Ethiopian, and German in the mid-Atlantic region).
 
Participants in the Educator Development Program share their knowledge, gain new perspectives, and further develop their teaching strategies throughout the program, which incorporates observation, training, collaborative teaching, coaching, and evaluation. Instruction is based on our Core Educational Framework and is designed to foster a sense of place, interconnections, and stewardship. For more details, see the Educator Development job description for Yosemite and Southern California.

  EDP Yosemite EDP SoCal
Applications due March 1, 2017 October 2, 2017 by midnight
Timing of course (may vary slightly from year to year) 7 weeks (includes backpacking training) plus a 10-day WFR course Jan. 2 - Jan. 27, 2018
Successful applicants assigned to (campus) Positions for which successful applicants may be eligible Part-time, seasonal (Feb – June), unbenefitted: Southern California

Immediate hire to part-time, seasonal work in SoCal with possibility for year round work in SoCal or other campus locations.

Environmental Science Educator Job Description Highlights
  • $72/ day
  • housing throughout course of program
  • 6 applicants selected
  • $85/ day
  • Traveling Schedule
    • 1.5 weeks: Malibu; housing provided
    • 1.5 weeks: Golden Gate; housing provided
    • 1 week: Yosemite; housing provided
  • 4 applicants selected

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We provide access

NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and promoting equal opportunity in the field of environmental education. This commitment furthers our mission to foster environmental literacy.
 
Educator Development Program participants who meet performance expectations may be offered full-time environmental science educator positions at NatureBridge for the 2017-2018 school year or as positions become available.

"This is a fantastic program that allows young educators from diverse backgrounds to break into environmental science education." —Cristina Murillo-Barrick, EDP graduate and former environmental science educator

Educator Spotlight

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Participant details

Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in all training sessions
  • Collaboratively plan and teach three to five-day outdoor education programs incorporating the NatureBridge Core Educational Framework
  • Co-lead night walks, reflective activities, and campfires
  • Debrief teaching experiences and observations with collaborating teachers/supervisors and use the knowledge gained to enhance teaching techniques
  • Develop and maintain a safe learning environment for all participants at all times
  • Plan, prepare, and participate in a three-day backpacking trip with other participants and staff (Yosemite EDP only)

Required experience and education

  • Bachelor’s degree and eligibility to work in the United States
  • At least one year experience working with diverse ages and cultures in schools, camps, parks, community programs etc.
  • Sound decision making skills
  • Effective communication, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within your teaching and our community
  • A willingness to be coached and openness to feedback
  • Ability to hike three to seven miles a day carrying a twenty pound pack on varied terrain in all sorts of weather
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Willingness to participate in and obtain Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification (as part of the Yosemite program); willingness to participate in and obtain Wildernes First Aid certication (for Southern California participants, the cost of WFA is reimbursed)

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience working with racial and ethnic minority groups, English Language Learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that are underrepresented in the field of environmental education
  • Involvement in community service projects, leadership, social and environmental justice, and activism
  • Ability to speak and teach in a language other than English relevant to our student populations. For example, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese in California; Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali in Washington; Spanish, French, Amharic/Ethiopian, and German in the mid-Atlantic region
  • Experience working with youth in environmental education, science education, or residential outdoor education programs

Compensation

  • Housing throughout the course of the program
  • $72 per day (Yosemite); $85 per day (Southern California)

Application materials

   Southern California

  • Applications due October 2, 2017
  • Include a combined cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a separate essay describing your life experiences that have inspired you to help connect youth to the natural world. Indicate the student populations you have the most experience working with and are most comfortable teaching. Essays should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced.
  • Email application materials to smmeducator@naturebridge.org; indicate EDP SoCal 2018 in the subject line.
  • Application materials may may be mailed to NatureBridge; Attn: EDP, 501-I S. Reino Rd #276; Newbury Park, CA 91320  (note: mailing address only; not a physical office address)
  • Contact Diana Lòpez and Meg Jakubowski, with questions 818-914-7660 x 401 or email smmeducator@naturebridge.org with subject line “EDP Question”.

  
   Yosemite

  • Include a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and an essay describing your life experiences that have inspired you to help connect youth to the natural world. Essays should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced
  • Articulate in your cover letter why the Educator Development Program resonates with you. Specify which two of the four NatureBridge campuses you would most like to teach at and why. Indicate the student populations you have the most experience working with and are most comfortable teaching
  • Email application materials to klaizer@naturebridge.org
  • Application materials may alternatively be sent to NatureBridge-EDP, PO Box 487, Yosemite, CA 95389
  • Faxes may be sent to 209-379-9510, attention: Kim Laizer-EDP
  • Contact Kim Laizer with questions at 209-372-9302 x28
  • Application materials are due by March 1, 2017

Program Testimonial

EDP has allowed me to not only broaden my skills as an educator, but to connect on a deeper level with the subject that I am teaching. EDP taught me how to portray the passion that I have for environmental science, so that it becomes contagious and kids are able to retain that passion and make it their own.
—Ana Rodriguez

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