Full Time Nature-Based Preschool Teacher - Drumlin Farm Community Preschool
Mass Audubon offers a work environment that is challenging, yet flexible. Our compensation and benefits program is competitive, including a 403(b) plan and generous paid time off. Every inquiry will be treated confidentially. Mass Audubon is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Candidates must possess a strong respect and eagerness for understanding the needs of a diversity of young children and their families, as well as a love of teaching in a dynamic outdoor environment in all seasons. They must also have a strong desire and ability to connect children to nature through planning daily multi-sensory, hands-on, play and nature-based, emergent curriculum experiences that are developmentally appropriate and rooted in the principles of anti-bias education. Given the uniqueness of our school location on a working farm and wildlife sanctuary– candidates must also have an interest and comfort in learning how to thoughtfully and safely support interactions between children and other living things as part of regular hands-on learning experiences. This includes farm animals, in-classroom resident animals and wildlife visitors, plants in our gardens and fields, and various creatures along the property trails that will be encountered along the way.
- Plan and prepare daily multi-sensory, play and nature-based, emergent curriculum incorporating a variety of hands-on experiences for multi-age groups (3-6 years) in collaboration with co-teaching faculty.
- Understand and apply principles of developmentally appropriate practice as well as principles of anti-bias education to curriculum planning.
- Observe, document and assess the ongoing development of each child and write narrative based progress reports twice/year and conduct parent-teacher team conferences.
- Help maintain the physical environment by contributing to daily housekeeping tasks and classroom maintenance and set-up.
- Provide a physically and emotionally safe indoor/outdoor environment for young children, families and colleagues.
- Maintain clear communication with colleagues and share teaching amongst faculty teams.
- Engage parent-caregivers in ongoing communication about their child/classroom happening both in person and via weekly written e-newsletter.
- Follow all Drumlin Farm Community Preschool, Mass Audubon, and MA Department of Early Education and Care policies and regulations.
- Attend seasonal community events such as school open houses and community socials as needed as well as monthly staff meetings
- Understand role as an ambassador for Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Community Preschool, through recognizing that preschool classes are frequently observed by the general public, visiting professionals, prospective families and Mass Audubon staff members.
- Indoors: Teacher will spend significant time interacting with young children in a noisy, busy setting as children play and interact with teachers and peers.
- Outdoors: Teacher will spend 4 or more hours of a 7-hour day outside on over 200 acres of a public-visited wildlife sanctuary and farm including trails, forests, fields, gardens, wetlands in all seasons (except in high winds, temperatures below 15 degrees).
The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the educator to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position, the educator is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, walk and occasionally run for short distances over even and uneven terrain. The educator is often required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach push/pull, and lift and carry small children (when necessary). The educator is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination such as basic keyboarding, basic hand tools and instruments, and operating office equipment. The educator must have sufficient vision to read documents and children’s literature for general understanding and analytical purposes. In the field the educator is required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical, detailed purposes in order to create teachable moments for young children. Occasionally it is necessary for the educator to differentiate between colors.
- MA Dept. of Early Education and Care Preschool Teacher OR Lead Teacher certification with Director 1 certifications preferred
- At least 2 years of experience teaching young children
- Familiarity with MA early childhood learning standards
- Excellent writing and communication skills and ability to work cooperatively and independently
- Interest and/or experience in nature-based, emergent and anti-bias teaching in early childhood education.
- Successful candidates must pass multiple background record checks (i.e. CORI/DCF/SORI and fingerprinting)
- Current first aid/CPR certification or willing to obtain.
- Three employment references
Compensation and Benefits
Competitive hourly wage ($16-$19/hour) based on experience and certifications plus benefits package.
- Beginning in late August 2021, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Student arrive at 9am, dismissal 4pm) and Friday from 8am-1:30pm (Student arrive at 9am, dismissal 1pm). This schedule includes daily set up of activities/lessons and regular communication with colleagues as well as some out of some out of classroom planning time.
- Full time work schedule, 40 hours/week late August through end of June. Reduced schedule, 4 hours/week July through mid-August.
How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to:
208 South great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773