NaturePlay Preschool Coordinator

  • Corvallis Environmental Center
  • Corvallis Environmental Center, Southwest 4th Street, Corvallis, OR, USA
  • Sep 03, 2022
Full time Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Education - Interpretation Faculty/Instructor

Job Description

Employment Type: Full-time 30 to 40 hours per week, non-exempt
Starting Pay Range: $19.50 - $21.50/hour DOE. Benefits include health and dental insurance.
Application Deadline: Open until filled, applications reviewed on an ongoing basis.

We are looking for people who share our passion for working with children to connect them with nature and with each other and to help them build life skills that will impact their lives for years to come. Join us in working to create healthy, sustainable communities! We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

About the Corvallis Environmental Center

The Corvallis Environmental Center (CEC) is a community-based, educational non-profit that has prioritized partnerships to implement programs to address community needs since 1994. CEC's mission is to create a healthy, sustainable community. We do this through pre-K through 8th environmental education, Farm to School programs, youth leadership development, teacher training, and food security. We work in Corvallis, Oregon and surrounding communities of Benton and Linn Counties. CEC’s programs include after school programs, summer camps, a nature-based preschool in Avery Park, classroom education in partnership with local school districts, family programs and events, and a 1-acre demonstration and education garden in Starker Arts Park known as SAGE. The food grown at SAGE is donated to those in need through our social service partner agencies.

About NaturePlay

Preschool For over 20 years the Corvallis Environmental Center’s preschool program at the Avery House Nature Center has striven to facilitate a deep connection between students and their environment through engaging and playful nature activities outdoors. We tell stories, sing, play movement games, do amazing art projects and learn about nature through inquiry and investigation of nature’s seasonal cycles. Our facility is located in Avery Park and has access to native plant gardens, old growth forests, a riparian ecosystem and hiking trails, playground areas, and seasonal wetlands—providing fun learning opportunities year round.

About the position

The NaturePlay Preschool Coordinator works as an integral part of the Corvallis Environmental Center (CEC) leadership team. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Coordinator will be responsible for planning and implementation of CEC preschool programming, which includes teaching NaturePlay preschool and summer preschool camps. The Coordinator works with the operations staff on administration and facilities. This position is responsible for the supervision of preschool staff and interns. The primary work location is the Avery House Nature Center in Avery Park with some work at SAGE garden and a variety of community locations.

Job Responsibilities

● Coordinate the development and implementation of all CEC preschool programs, including NaturePlay preschool and summer programs for preschoolers
● Teach nature-based programs for preschool-aged children
● Act as primary contact for current and future preschool families
● Work with the Curriculum Coordinator to plan, develop and adapt lessons
● Develop and maintain strategic relationships with stakeholders, including partner organizations, funders, and community members
● Hire, supervise, schedule, and evaluate all preschool program interns and staff
● Participate as part of the leadership team, guiding long term strategic planning, visioning, and program development
● Coordinate with operations staff on marketing, budgeting, grant writing, intern and volunteer needs, student recordkeeping, and bookkeeping needs for program operation
● Coordinate professional development for the preschool team
● Program evaluation and tracking, impact reporting
● Participate in CEC staff meetings and organization-wide events

Qualifications and Skills

● Work experience and/or degree in early childhood education, child development, or related field
● Experience teaching 3 to 5 year old students
● Experience in program coordination
● Familiarity with nature-based or environmental education programming
● Staff, intern or volunteer coordination experience
● Demonstrated commitment to equity and creating positive work environments
● Ability to work with people with diverse life experience
● Excellent interpersonal skills
● Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
● Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
● Highly organized and able to multitask

This job is performed year-round both indoors and outdoors in a park and other outdoor settings as well as in classrooms or a shared office setting at a desk or remotely. Some programs require the ability to  (or willingness to learn to) ride a bike, hike and/or operate a raft. On or off-site meetings or events may occur during the day, or occasionally in the evening, or on weekends.

Application Instructions

● Please send a resume and cover letter to us at office@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org
● This position is open until filled.
● Applications must be emailed to the address above, not sent through Indeed, Facebook, or other sites.

Thank you.
www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org

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Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

$19.50 - $21.50/hour DOE.