Job Opportunity: Teacher Naturalist, Cape Cod

The N.E.E.D. (National Environmental Education Development) Collaborative, in Truro, MA,  has an open position for a skilled Teacher-Naturalist for the 2010-2011 school year.  The N.E.E.D. Collaborative is a small residential environmental education program, which is run by three local school districts Dennis-Yarmouth, Harwich and Falmouth.   The program facility is located in a retired Coast Guard Station on the Cape Cod National Seashore.  All fifth grade classes from the districts participate in the program for a three or five day stay.  Average class size is generally 18-24 students. Teaching/trail groups are 6 to 8 students.

Responsibilities: Teachers develop and present experiential lessons based on the MA Education Frameworks and centered on the local environments (Beach & Dune, Dune Forest, Kettlehole pond, Freshwater Swamps) and history (Pilgrims, Shipwrecks & U.S. Lifesaving Service).   Additional lessons include Nightwalk, Group Dynamics/Community Building, and Pizza Making among others.  Staff members also assist with some meal prep and serving; rotate responsibility for bedtime duties and group supervision during short bus trips to various natural and historical areas of the outer Cape; contribute to the overall care and maintenance of the facility as part of the work week.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree.  Experience working with kids in a residential setting preferred. CPR/First Aid certification required.  Love of being outdoors in all kinds of weather on the great outer beach of the Cape Cod National Seashore and a background/experience in natural history interpretation, marine science, or general ecology extremely helpful.

Dates: Early September 2010 – June 2011. One week off at Thanksgiving, two weeks off at Christmas/New Years. One week off for February Break.

Salary & Benefits: ~$390 /week plus private room and board for entire contract period. Health, Life, and Dental Insurance are available. Good food, great views, generally likable kids, fresh air and plenty of exercise guaranteed.

To Apply: send cover letter, resume and the names and phone numbers/ email addresses of three references to: Eleanor Moody, Director NEED Collaborative PO Box 896 Truro, MA. 02666-0896 or e-mail to:

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