Teacher Naturalist

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Friday, August 16, 2019, 12:00am



Truro, MA
United States

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The Seashore Program provides the opportunity for 5th grade students to live, explore, and study in a beautiful setting within the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Our living space is a former Coast Guard Station with some grand views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamet River valley. We have a single class join us for each program--making trail groups six to eight students.   Our classroom consists of the beaches, dunes, woods, marshes, bogs, swamps, and ponds of the National Seashore.  The N.E.E.D. (National Environmental Education Development) Academy is run by the Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, and Monomoy schools, which send all their fifth grade classes. The program was established as a Collaborative in 1974, and hosts between 750 and 1,000 students each school year for their 2 ½ or 5 day-overnight environmental education experience.  

Responsibilities: Teacher/Naturalists lead 3 hikes/lessons per day for their teaching group.  Teachers develop and present experiential lessons based on the MA Education Frameworks and Next Generation SS.   Lessons are centered on the local environments (Beach & Dune, Dune Forest, Kettlehole Pond, Saltmarsh, Freshwater Swamps) and history (Pilgrims, Shipwrecks & U.S. Lifesaving Service).  Lessons also include: Nightwalk, Group Dynamics, and Pizza Making.   Teachers are also responsible on a rotating basis for helping with meal preparation and serving, bedtime duties, group supervision during short bus trips to various natural and historical areas of the outer Cape, and the overall care and maintenance of the facility. Work week is Monday 8 am through Friday 2 pm.  Each Teacher/Naturalist has one day (9:30-4:30) and one evening (after 7 pm) off during the work week.  Weekends are free.

Qualifications: B.S. or equivalent experience  required.   Current CPR & First Aid certification.  Love of being outdoors in all kinds of weather on the great outer beach of the Cape Cod National Seashore and a background/experience in teaching, natural history interpretation, marine science, or general ecology strongly recommended.  Experience with youth, residential education, and facilitating team building preferred.  Candidates with certification in Wilderness first-aid or currently holding a CDL are strongly encouraged to apply.  


Position Start Date:

Sunday, September 8, 2019

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How to Apply:

To Apply: send cover letter, resume and the names and phone numbers/ email addresses of three references to:

 Eleanor Moody, Director

 NEED Academy

PO Box 896

Truro, MA 02666-0896 

 e-mail to: moodye@dy-regional.k12.ma.us.  

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Salary:  Salary ($872.00) is paid bi-weekly through out the school year,  private room and board are provided.  Annual for first year staff $18,315 based on 165 work days.

Benefits: Good food, great views, and generally likable kids.  Fresh air and plenty of exercise are guaranteed.                               

                Health, Life, and Dental Insurance are available.

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Eleanor Moody

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