Year-round Youth Mentor
Crow’s Path is looking for a nature connection mentor to join our staff team at our Field School and Summer Camp programs, beginning in mid-June 2019. Our mission is to connect people of all ages to their wildness, and our staff are the creative, curious, high skilled, compassionate, goofy, and dedicated people that translate this vision into a vibrant and real community. As a mentor you will bring your own unique voice to our community to help design and facilitate a range of youth programs across the seasons. The job entails 30 hrs/wk during the Field School season Sept-Dec/Feb-May, and 35 hrs/wk during the Summer Camp season mid-June to mid-August, with occasional overnights.
Our staff and organization are committed to being (and working towards being) an organization that celebrates and welcomes diversity of many kinds (race, age, culture, gender, educational background). We welcome potential candidates with a range of backgrounds and experiences to apply!
Feel free to contact us with any other questions you might have about the position or our programs.
Our mission is to connect people of all ages to their wildness. The Field School is a creative and nurturing space where, under the guidance of skilled mentors, kids (grades K-8) connect with the natural world through hands-on activities. We work with the same kids – largely from public schools – one day each week over the course of the school year to develop a sense of place and a suite of skills to help them engage with their sense of place. Our adventures play out across the forests, meadows and shorelines of Rock Point (our field site) as well as a backdrop of creative worlds and story realms pulled from our imaginations. The program runs from September through May.
Our Summer Camp program offers all of the activities and magic of Field School in a week-long summer day camp format. Weekly themes include archery, primitive skills, natural art, water play, and woodland escape rooms. Our site offers us daily swimming and canoeing opportunities on Lake Champlain.
Activities are crafted by staff, reflecting our interests, hobbies, and passions. These activities encompass and integrate primitive skills (fire-by-friction, coal burning, basket weaving, harvesting/preparing wild edibles, tracking), naturalist skills (wildflower pressing, bird language, tracking, mapping), cultural skills (storytelling, playing games, singing, sharing, teaching, listening), and personal skills (asking deep questions, exploring creativity, mindfulness/awareness exercises, overcoming challenges). Our community is light-hearted, full of music and singing, creative, and curious.
As staff, you will be expected to:
- Work with other staff to collaboratively design and lead youth programs
- Organize and engage groups of kids
- Design and facilitate small workshop-style activities
- Role-model, teach, and encourage safe practices with tools (knives, hatchets)
- Track the interests, challenges, and growth of participants over the semester
- Participate in program development
- Co-facilitate staff training on Tuesdays Sept-May
- Check in regularly with parents to discuss the growth and challenges of their kids
- Help design and implement an overnight experience each semester of Field School
- Assist with occasional weekend programming including Open House and community events
- Other duties as assigned
Our ideal candidate is:
- Ready to share many diverse interests with the Crow’s Path community
- Confident and intuitive
- In touch with their authentic wild, weird and creative sides
- Flexible, adaptable, comfortable with emergence and improvisation
- Committed to continual learning and personal growth
- Committed to creating an inclusive, safe, welcoming community
- Equally comfortable making fire by friction or making up a story about fire gnomes
- At least two years of experience working with kids outdoors
- Strong naturalist background and/or commitment to your own nature connection practice
- First Aid certified (by start date)
- Commitment to emergent design and flexibility with program implementation
- Comfort being outside in all types of weather conditions
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Preference given to applicants who have
- Experience with primitive skills
- Experience with nature connection practices/8 Shields mentoring model
- Wilderness First Aid and/or Lifeguard certification
- A sense of humor
- A desire to stay in the area and interest in growing with Crow’s Path