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Location: Belomont, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 3851
About This Position
We seek a dynamic MA EEC certified Lead Preschool Teacher who enjoys being outdoors in nature year-round, is well versed in early childhood education best practices and understands the changing social and emotional needs of preschool-aged children ages 3-5 years to participate in the opening and leadership of Mass Audubon's newest Nature Preschool at our Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont. In partnership with the Preschool Director and teaching team, the Lead Preschool Teacher manages curriculum development, implementation, and family communications for students. They are responsible for designing educational experiences for nature preschool students in accordance with Mass Audubon’s Action Agenda strategic goals and Mass Audubon’s education frameworks, guidelines, and policies.
Lead Preschool Teacher candidates must possess a strong respect for young children and families, a love of teaching young children and a strong desire to connect children and nature through teaching outside. They must possess the ability to plan and facilitate daily multi-sensory, play and nature-based, anti-bias, emergent and developmentally appropriate curriculum, incorporating a variety of hands-on experiences as they maintain warm, professional relationships with children, their parents and caregivers.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Work with Preschool Director and teaching team to develop and implement a curriculum that reflects the needs and interests of the children.
- Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for children in both indoor and outdoor settings:
- Help maintain the physical environment by contributing to housekeeping tasks as needed.
- Observe and document children's learning/development through the use of notes and assessment tools and conduct parent-teacher team conferences, as scheduled by Preschool Director.
- Spend significant time outdoors with students during all seasons, in all types of weather.
- Acknowledge and respect diversity and promote inclusion of all people regardless of ethnic, culture, linguistic backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical and mental disabilities.
- Follow protocols established by Mass Audubon, Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary and EEC regulations.
- Attend regional staff meetings and actively participate in statewide education staff meetings, audience professional learning communities, and professional development trainings as required.
- Attend Nature Preschool Open Houses, as scheduled by Preschool Director.
- Attend school-wide community engagement activities as scheduled by Preschool Director.
- Act as an ambassador for the Nature Preschool, recognizing that preschool classes are frequently observed by the general public, visiting professionals, prospective families and Mass Audubon staff members.
At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:
- At least 3 years of experience teaching young children.
- MA Department of Early Education and Care Lead Teacher Certification.
- CPR and First aid training or willing to attain.
- Familiarity with inquiry-based and play-based nature education.
- Familiarity with MA early childhood standards.
- Interest and/or experience in nature-based, emergent and anti-bias teaching in early childhood education.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work cooperatively and independently required.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and commitment to helping others grow in understanding of and concern for the environment and people's relationship to it.
- Ability to lead walks on forested trails in all types of weather.
- Successful candidates will need to pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and Fingerprinting).
Nice to Haves:
- Experience in providing nature-based learning to preschool age children is preferred.