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Nature-Lovin’ Teachers needed in The Nature Preschool

Position Summary:

The Nature Preschool at Irvine Nature Center seeks compassionate, enthusiastic educators for part-
time teachers for the 2020-21 school year. A love of nature, getting muddy, and a nurturing spirit
are musts.

Educators must be experienced working with preschool-age students (3-5 yrs. old) and have a passion
for child-led hands-on learning. Our teachers serve as learning guides and help facilitate
child-directed play and exploration, almost exclusively outdoors.

Developmentally appropriate activities include trail walks, games, songs, puppet shows, art
provocations, science experiments, and live animal encounters. An integral component of learning is
outdoor exploration – so you must be physically capable (and eager about) vigorous outdoor play in
all weather. We explore Irvine’s 200 acres every day for at least 90% of our learning time with
students. The teachers will work directly with students and co- teachers to establish a positive,
fun, and safe environment that allows children to learn foundational skills while connecting with
nature and one another.

Areas of Responsibility:

• Maintain a positive, safe learning environment for a class of 13 students, including
compliance with MSDE licensing requirements and NAEYC standards as an accredited preschool

• Follow all COVID-19 related protocols including daily disinfection of materials and spaces

• Develop and nurture partnerships with families

• Help develop and implement nature-based curriculum for children ages 3-5

• Evaluate and document children’s growth and progress to inform teaching and to be shared with parents

• Collaborate with your co-teacher to prepare and maintain teaching materials and activities

• Work closely with co- teachers to support students, families, and program goals

• Contribute to family email updates and blog posts with photographs, activities or anecdotes

• Attend required on-going professional development courses as required by MSDE

• Attend monthly preschool meetings and workdays and Irvine staff meetings when available

• Participate in special preschool events and outings (roughly 5 a year)

Qualifications Needed:

• Experience working with preschool-age students

• Experience teaching in outdoor settings

• 90-hour MSDE certification (this can be obtained over the summer if needed)

• College degree (in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education or related fields) preferred

• Strong communication and organizational skills

• Ability to work as part of a team

• Basic computer experience (ie. Word processing, Outlook, digital photos, etc.)

• Current First Aid and CPR certification or ability to complete by December 24, 2020

• Availability MWF 8-4pm or T/Th 8-4pm

Time Commitment: We are looking for teachers to start no later than October 28. Part-time hours are
8 hours a day MWF or T/TH with occasional additional hours outside of normal workdays for staff
meetings and workdays. Hours total 16-24 hours a week. Please note, we require a school year
commitment (mid-August through mid-June).

Salary: Starts at $15 an hour.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to the attention of Katie Rooney, Director of Early
Childhood Education Programs, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org

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