Lower School Science and Environmental Education Teacher
The Bement School, Deerfield, MA
Description: The Lower School Science and Environmental Education Teacher serves as the primary science instructor for the Lower School and provides oversight of activities at the Pine Hill Outdoor Education Center. This includes program development, support of staff, communication with parents as appropriate, and oversight of programs.
- Provide direct instruction for lower school (K-5) classes in environmental science and general science.
- Develop, implement and lead the Pine Hill outdoor education curriculum in accordance with the mission of The Bement School.
- Perform other duties typical to a faculty role in Bement’s lower school: for example, covering lunch tables, supervising recess, etc.
- Promotes awareness, appreciation and concern for the environment through activities and training.
- Seek opportunities to expand the teaching and learning experiences at Bement by leveraging the resources available to faculty at Pine Hill.
- Collaborates with faculty and staff across the school to provide programming at Pine Hill to all students.
- Identify, store, and maintain the necessary supplies for Pine Hill, in collaboration with the school’s administration and building & grounds staff.
- Maintain a schedule for use of Pine Hill by groups of students, faculty, and others
- Maintain the ground floor workshop space as a high quality educational and retreat space, for use by the Bement community and outside groups as scheduled
- Coordinate with the residents of the house at Pine Hill as necessary, particularly as it pertains to use of the workshop space on the ground floor
- Collaborate with summer program leadership to utilize and share Pine Hill as a community resource and driver of summer experiences at Bement.
- Facilitate a resolution of all problems- both routine and unique- as they arise, keeping the Head of School apprised of the general programs, activities, and concerns.
- Manages routine, critical, daily, and seasonal administrative tasks
- Administer basic first aid when needed. Assure appropriate medical care is obtained when required
- Bachelor’s degree in related field, Advanced degree preferred ● A minimum of three years of experience working with youth at the primary school level is preferred.
Skills & Knowledge
- Experience working with students of all ages in a variety of outdoor settings
- An understanding the developmental needs of primary and middle level students
- Proven leadership capabilities with the vision, decisiveness, and organizational and interpersonal skills
- A willingness to follow the school’s policies and procedures
- Strong moral values and discipline.
- Proficient at using computers including the Google suite and the internet.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated attention to detail.
- Experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
- Strong organizational skills for multi-tasking, prioritizing responsibilities, and problem-solving.
- Must be able to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously and work well under limited time constraints.
- Successfully complete a criminal background check
- Valid driver’s license and ability to drive school vehicles to and from Pine Hill
- At least 21 years of age is required per Massachusetts state regulations
- Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
- Positive appearance, attitude, and presentation with a proven ability to maintain confidentiality
- Regular and consistent attendance and punctuality is required and a condition of employment
- All faculty and staff are required to occasionally perform different duties during special events
Work Environment and Physical Requirements
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are performed in an outdoor education center. The ability to use a Computer is required. The environment may be stressful and hectic at times with frequent interruptions, multiple distractions, and changing priorities. Work involves long periods of standing. Planned activities may involve bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, stooping. Must be able to communicate clearly with children, parents, and colleagues. Must have the ability to reason and make judgements. The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. This job description reflects administration’s assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts administration’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Anna Casey, Lower School Head, firstname.lastname@example.org