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Now Hiring for 2019-2020

Educator

Athens Forest Kindergarten is looking for a warm, thoughtful, and experienced individual to join our team of Educators! Athens Forest Kindergarten is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing early childhood education in nature. We envision a world where children are free to learn through movement, play and socialization in a natural setting. We strive to provide children with high quality educational opportunities that develop and promote authentic inspiration, intention, and interdependence with the Earth and its inhabitants.

Our flagship program is a half-day cooperative forest kindergarten (Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-1:00). We also operate a drop-in weekly playgroup (Friday) at various parks to increase the accessibility of our offerings. Additional outreach goals of the program include parent education, teacher education, pedagogical action research, and developing new programs. This Educator will join a collaborative team who meet regularly for reflective planning sessions to develop and refine our emergent curriculum. This Educator will have a unique opportunity to be part of the organization’s growth and development, bringing their own passion and expertise to the table.  

This position may be from 10-20 hours per week depending on candidate availability. The required hours fall predominantly within the hours of Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 am -2:00 pm, with the possibility of additional program responsibilities or administrative tasks on Fridays, weekends, or throughout the week.

Requirements:

  • Experience in the environmental education field

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Experience working with child-led, progressive, holistic models of early childhood education

  • A deep understanding of developmentally-appropriate education for young children

  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR training

  • A desire to work collaboratively with a team of co-Educators

  • A commitment to upholding values of inclusivity, diversity, and peaceful communication

  • Ability to squat, hike, and carry up to 40 pounds

Strongly Favored:

  • Naturalist knowledge

  • Wilderness skills

  • Second language fluency

  • Musical abilities

  • Familiarity with the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy

  • Social science research experience, particularly in the field of pedagogy

Compensation:

$16-20/per hour depending on experience and qualifications

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Dr. Whitaker at Director@athensforestkindergarten.org