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The Ecology School
Locatedon Saco Bay on the southern coast of Maine. The Ecology School providesexperiential ecology education for K-8th grade students from schoolsthroughout New England. The EcologySchool hires 15 Ecology Educators each term to teach in its various programswhich begin each Monday morning and end each Friday afternoon. Educators work primarily with the residentialprograms (school groups on site for up to a week at a time) but may also spendtime delivering day programs (day long field trips for school groups) oroutreach (in school programming). Thereare two terms each school year– the fall session (early September throughmid-November) and the spring session (mid-March through mid-June).
Ecology Educators develop and lead ecosystem-basedlessons for groups of 10-12 students. Lessons focus on the ecology of areas such as the coastal forest, beach,dunes, rocky tide pools, and a salt marsh estuary. Each educator is also responsible for sharedsupervision of students between and after lessons plus some general maintenanceof the site and program. All educatorsare given a week of training prior to teaching children, which includescovering general knowledge of coastal ecosystems, basic ecology, narrativeeducation and the methodology of teaching children experientially in theout-of-doors. Although sample lessonplans are provided in the Teaching Guide, educators are encouraged tocreate and develop their own lesson plans and activities within the EcologySchool framework.
1. Ability to develop good rapport and positiverelations with students, teachers and other educators.
2. Experience in K-8 education and/orenvironmental education.
3. BS or BA degree or, in the case of interns,several terms of undergraduate courses and experience.
4. Ability to work long hours outdoors (oftenphysically strenuous) managing groups of children.
5. Positive attitude, love of nature, hardworking, sense of humor and a willingness to learn.
6. Trained in CPR and First Aid
Collegegraduates receive a starting salary of $310 per week, post-graduates receive astarting salary of $340 per week. Each educator is provided with room andboard, which includes weekends. A $30per week (per term up to four terms total) raise is given to all ecologyeducators who return to teach for additional terms. The per termraise of $30/week and/or Master’s degree salary increase shall not result in aper week salary to exceed $400.
1. Plan and teach lessons to a group ofapproximately 10-12 students.
2. Attend and participate meals (usually sittingat a student table to share the meal and to engage students).
3. Help set up the site for the week on Mondayand clean-up the site on Friday.
4. Attend all scheduled meetings, including all Staff Meetings, TeachersMeetings and other meetings called as necessary.
5. Participate in pre-lesson educational skitsand dinner theater.
6. Assist in developing curriculum, skits andprogram materials for The Ecology School.
7. Consult with classroom teachers and EcologySchool Directors to make decisions regarding students’ conduct.
8. Perform various duties (3-5 per week) such asbreakfast or lunch dishes, dorm clean-up with students,
recreation or dorm supervision, andput-to-bed.
9. Live on-site in staff housing.