Ravenwood’s mission is to cultivate health, passion for learning, and stewardship of ecological and human communities through nature-based mentoring of youth, families, and community members. Ravenwood is all about healthy communities, and we stand up for equity and diversity in everything we do. Quality mentoring guides our mission and connects us deeply to the land and to each other, creating cross-generational relationships filled with meaning, hope, and resilience. There are many distractions and obstacles in our fast-paced society, and an increasing number of negative trends—health issues, screen addiction, attention disorders, stress, violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, disrespect, substance abuse, and more—all of which need our attention and action as a community. Ravenwood is here to help, a place for kids and adults to learn and grow, naturally. Ravenwood acknowledges with gratitude that we operate on the homelands of the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille people in what is now called the Flathead Valley of Montana. From the 1700’s through the present, these Indigenous people have resisted and persevered over colonialism and genocide. Today non-Indigenous Montanans now occupy much of the Indigenous homeland, including the land that Ravenwood uses for our nature connection programs. Ravenwood acknowledges that we benefit from these historic injustices, and seeks to honor the unique cultural heritage of Montana’s first peoples through our words and actions.
The Outdoor & Indian Education For All (IEFA) Specialist will serve as a primary field staff for Ravenwood as they work towards more inclusive and place-based programming within the organization. This hire will work alongside the Lead Staff and Program Director to lead most or all field programs throughout the year. As a Nature Connection Mentor, this hire will co-lead a variety of nature-based programs in Flathead County to mentor youth in social-emotional learning, nature connection, and survival skills.
As an IEFA Specialist, this hire will work closely with Ravenwood’s program director and Lead Staff to design and implement IEFA curriculum offered through Ravenwood’s programs. The IEFA Specialist will help raise awareness of Indigenous presence, history, and teachings among the primarily non-Native Flathead County school districts and program participants. This position will also be the primary liaison for connectivity with tribal experts, elders, and other IEFA specialists to create more opportunities for community at Ravenwood.
The average hours per week throughout the year needed to do your job will be around 35 hours per week, but this is an average based on our program schedule and time needed for planning, preparation, field time, cleanup, and debrief. There will be times in busy seasons when the hours needed to do good work are more than 40 hours per week, and times in slow seasons when your average work hours may be less than 20 hours per week. They will balance out to a full-time year-round position with an average of 35 hours per week, and you will be given a schedule of program days so that you can predict the ebb and flow of your needed work hours. Monthly paychecks will be consistent and will not reflect the busy or slow times. The schedule may be subject to change. The yearly planning cycle runs from the beginning of June to the end of May.
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