“Teaching children in nature is returning them to … (a) place of wonder, excitement, movement, and joy. In this place you do not need to work hard to teach, the teachers are the trees, ants, bees, plants, shadows, and light of the sun. I am merely their guide to the light that then fills their souls with excitement and learning. My job is a gift! I am the lucky one.”
-Mrs. Kat, Earthroots Instructor
Field Instructors 2021-2022
Earthroots Field School (Earthroots) mission is to cultivate a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world. We do this through outdoor classes and workshops on ecological gardening, nature awareness, ancestral skills and sustainable living skills for all ages.
Earthroots is hiring both lead and assistant instructors to begin working with us Summer and Fall 2021. These positions primarily work outdoors with children and one additional staff member. We welcome candidates who are passionate about caring for the earth, have a background in nature connection/outdoor education and have enthusiasm for learning and growing.
- Lead Instructor, Forest Kindergarten: Monday & Tuesday
- Lead Instructor, Homeschool Field Program: Wednesday
- Assistant Instructor, Forest Kindergarten: Monday & Tuesday
- Assistant Instructor, Homeschool Field Program: Wednesday
Forest Kindergarten Program
- Guide small groups of children ages 3-6 in weekly, exploration-based nature classes involving singing, crafts, nature observation, gardening and cooking. Communicate with parents, children and staff.
- Facilitate group building and conflict resolution through age-appropriate games and awareness exercises.
- Communicate via email, phone and in person with participants, their family members and staff.
- Problem solve situations as they arise and work with the Earthroots team to build healthy relationships within the community.
- Assist the lead instructor and support the class on the above goals.
Homeschool Field Program
- Guide small groups of children ages 6-12 in weekly, exploration-based nature classes with a variety of hands-on activities: wilderness awareness, ancestral skills, cooking, gardening, tracking, journaling and crafts.
- be gifted in facilitating sharing circles, conflict resolution through peace making practices and group building.
- communicate via email, phone and in person with participants, their family members and staff.
- problem solve situations as they arise and work with the Earthroots team to build healthy relationships within the community.
Assistant Instructor – assist the lead instructor and support the class on the above goals
Instructors in all programs will:
- work together with Earthroots administrators with clear communication and a strong work ethic
- support student and parent volunteers in developing their abilities to work with youth in nature
- represent Earthroots to build relationships with community liaisons, families and staff
- CPR/First Aid Certification
- Fingerprinting upon request
- Valid Drivers License
- 20 hours participating in Earthroots Field School classes as a volunteer or intern
- Working cell phone
- Personal computer with internet access
- Reliable Personal vehicle
- Staff Training with Earthroots Field School
Lead Instructor (all of the above plus)
- 2 years of experience leading similar programs
- specialty training in age appropriate childhood education topics related to outdoors
Preference will be given to applicants who have:
Experience working with youth outdoors
- Early Childhood Education units or equivalent
- Experience with another organization that uses 8 Shields or similar
- Knowledge of Southern California wilderness areas, regional parks, community and school gardens, organic farms, local community organizations, local educational programs and organizations
- Experience and training in the fields of Permaculture, Coyote Mentoring, Wilderness Awareness, Survival Skills, School Gardening, Ecological Gardening, Garden to Table Cooking or equivalent.
- Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder or equivalent
Start date: Shadowing in person programs begins April 7, 2021
Training opportunities begin April 2021 and go through Summer 2021
The Fall positions will offer:
- Forest Kindergarten, 12-14 hours per week
- Homeschool Field Program, 6-8 hours per week
Must be available from August 2021 through May 2022. Additional hours may become available throughout the year. Our goal is to find a good fit so that employment will continue through the school year, summers and beyond.
Lead Instructor – Based on experience, starting at $18 per hour
Assistant Instructor – Based on experience, starting at $15 per hour
Volunteer positions also available.
Send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] or call us at (949) 709-5777