Job Description: The Club Program extends our mission (visit www.thewoodsproject.org for more information) into the classroom building leadership and life skills through hands-on projects and activities. Utilizing both individual and team-based skills and frameworks, we break down outdoor, social, environmental, and scientific concepts into exciting and hands-on units such as Leave No Trace, camping/backpacking skills, local flora and fauna, conservation, governance, and environmental science. Students participating in the club program are highly encouraged and often required to attend weekend camping trips and a two-week Summer Trip to a wilderness site such as Yosemite National Park, Glacier National Park, Donner Pass California, or Yellowstone National Park.
Term of Position: September 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Compensation: $25 per each club meeting, plus $20 for each hour of planning (limited to 1 hour per club meeting), as well as reimbursements for mileage and club supplies.
- Personally represent TWP and our mission as mentors and teachers for around 20 low-income, high school students per club. Club Program instructors build and maintain yearlong mentor relationships with students.
- Travel to a school and conduct clubs for an hour, sometimes longer.
- Work with TWP curriculum requirements and suggestions to adapt and deliver existing lesson plans. Instructors are welcome to create new lesson plans using research-based material.
- Conduct service/stewardship projects during club.
- Introduce students to outdoor/environmental knowledge and skills and life and leadership skills; and any unique expertise or skills that an instructor brings to the table.
- Instructors commit for an entire school year, can attend weekend camping trips with their students, and are highly encouraged to attend the Summer Trip.
- Must be a self-starter and timely.
- Are preferred to have 1-2 years of experience working with high school youth in some capacity such as with summer camps, nature centers, parks, other outdoor/nature-oriented programs, or schools.
- Must have a flexible weekly schedule and have own transportation.
- Must love the outdoors/nature and be comfortable with camping/backpacking gear.
- Must be willing to earn the trust of a diverse group of low-income students who are used to teachers and authority figures coming and going from their lives.
- Must enjoy being in a mentor/leadership role.
- Must have access to a computer, internet and a printer and be able to use Dropbox, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel to update attendance records, create and manage lesson plans, and distribute paperwork.
To apply, please e-mail resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Club Instructor” as subject line.