Lead Eco Educator

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Work Where You Can Play Outdoors!

Kidz Go Eco has a commitment to taking care of staff not just by providing a livable wage, but by creating an atmosphere of support and respect. We believe that teachers are an essential part of a child’s development and as such we are committed to honoring them by providing a working environment that reflects the value they have in our community. Our nature school provides a play-based model that is Reggio Inspired and Nature Based. Our nature play areas add so much investigation and exploration for our students!

We hope to not only encourage professional development goals, but also aim to provide opportunities for training and to support staff in following their desired career path.

If you share this passion and appreciate the rewarding feeling that comes from knowing you’ve made a positive impact on the lives of our children and their families, then we’d love to hear from you!

The ideal candidate will be passionate about educating children in nature.

Be self-motivated and self-directed with the flexibility to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

Have strong leadership abilities and excellent interpersonal skills, organizational, and time-management skills.

Be a skilled communicator, guided by a desire to listen to and speak compassionately with both children and adults.

Feel comfortable and confident about meeting the needs of children outdoors in all seasons.

He'res Our Ideal Candidate

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in education or related field

Two or more years experience working with children as a lead teacher

Foreign language, music education, master gardener, or environmental studies experience is a plus 

Certification in child first aid and CPR

Must pass State of Maine background checks

Physical Requirements: Regularly sit, turn, bend, reach, stand, walk, talk, hear, and interact with students and others. Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs regularly, carry a heavy backpack, and walk long distances. Must be able and willing to spend most of the school day outside.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Work independently and with the teaching team to implement an engaging, developmentally appropriate program to meet social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of 3-5 year old children drawing on a variety of educational philosophies.

Develop daily activities, a daily rhythm, celebrations, and outdoor adventures.

Supervise students ages 3-5 in various settings including our indoor and outdoor classrooms.

Develop nature-based activities that will integrate science, math, literacy, and the arts while encouraging cooperative learning and social skills.

Work with the educating team to:

Observe and assist children in inquiry-based learning, formally reflecting with them during the week.

Provide positive guidance to children in navigating their social interactions with peers and adults.

Maintain strong interpersonal communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues.

Attend staff meetings, professional development, and training sessions as requested.

Willingness to participate in appropriate professional development and/or training.

Participate in open houses, graduation, orientation day, and community events to promote the school.

Kidz Go Eco Nature School is committed to addressing issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-bias education in our curriculum and in our community. Employees must be willing learners and participants in supporting this work.

Interested candidates please send a resume and cover letter describing how and why the candidate is qualified and well-suited for the position to mlg@kidzgoeco.com

It takes a community

As the proverb illustrates, it takes a village to raise a child and for a small independent school it takes the thoughtful efforts and creative resources of the community to educate the village’s children.We are deeply grateful for your willingness to support our nature school, whether monetary, contributions of classroom supplies/equipment/furniture, kind words of encouragement, lifting our educators spirits with a special thank you, or your own unique offering. Your donation makes a difference and with your generosity and thoughtfulness, kidz go eco is a very special place for all the children that attend our school. We want to thank you for all your in kind support!