Join our Team!

We are looking for passionate and caring educators & mentors to join Wise Earth !               We are located in Metchosin, west of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC.            

We are always accepting volunteers and supply staff. 

Please read through our job descriptions and send a cover letter and resume to sarah@wiseearthforestschool.com

Forest School Lead Educator / Mentor  - Wise Earth Forest School, Metchosin, west of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC

(For children ages 5-6 yrs) 

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Lead, facilitate and guide children 4 days per week in a nature based education program (Tuesday-Fridays)

  • Are proficient in planning, managing, and implementing a 10-month forest school program for children ages 5 and 6 years...fostering joy, delight, creativity and wonder !!!

  • Facilitate Wise Earth content and methodology in daily plans (training provided)

  • Have knowledge and passion of the outdoors and is committed to sustainable living models

  • Spend the majority of the day with the children outside, rain or shine.

  • Confidently use positive guidance approaches

  • Intuitive and responsive to individual and group needs

  • Foster collaborative and professional relationships with a variety of people in a diverse community

  • Have knowledge of diverse educational approaches such as Reggio Emilia, Waldorf,  Montessori, Tom Brown, Jon Young, Coyote Mentoring. place based or experiential learning

  • Support the day-to-day operations of the school

  • Record, assess, and evaluate the nature school program on a regular basis

  • Help maintain school observations and reflections via newsletters, providing regular updates and musings on the children's activities

  • Attend and participate in regular Wise Earth Forest School meetings and professional development opportunities

  • Communicate regularly with parents and caregivers

 

 

Required:

 

  • Warm, compassionate, curious, adventurous way with children

  • Teaching, leading, guiding, mentoring children/ youth background and education

  • Strong understanding of a nature based educational philosophy and open and willing to learn Wise Earth approach

  • Understanding of emotional intelligence with support for communication and expression of emotions, conflict resolution

  • Adaptable, flexible, and well-rounded with a passion for teaching and exploring other diverse avenues of child-based learning such as art, music, dance, sport, yoga, mindfulness, cooking, gardening, photography, nature connection, etc.

  • 3+ years experience leading groups

  • Passion for a deep nature connection in your own life

  • Wilderness First Aid, or General First Aid (with intent to study the other)

  • Able to provide proof of clear Criminal Reference Check 

 

Assets:

 

  • Certified Forest School practitioner or similar mentoring / guiding / teaching background

  • Willingness to learn and develop a repertoire of nature based abilities and knowledge

  • Share your passions! Local naturalist knowledge of flora and fauna, hazards, orientation, tracking, edible & medicinal plants, gardening, farm animal care, ecology, peace making & conflict resolution, music and song, mindfulness, friction fires, shelter building, hide tanning, weaving, carving, bird language & ID, etc.

 

*Competitive wages and professional development opportunities available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest School Mentor / Educational Assistant at Wise Earth Forest School, Metchosin, west of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC

(Two positions - one for children ages 5-6 yrs, other for children ages 7-10) 

  • Support lead teacher to implement and deliver daily program (ideally 4 days per week, though could be more part time)

  • Provide warm, nurturing and inspiring support to children 

  • Provide one on one support to children 

  • Plan special topics or specialities/crafts, etc

  • Teach small group lessons to small learning pods

  • Support day to day operations of the school in a team setting 

  • Provide multiple ways of communication with families and caregivers to ensure healthy, positive relationships are formed and maintained on a regular basis, through weekly reflections, and in person communication.  

  • Ensure the well being of all children and staff are at the forefront of daily decision making

  • Record, assess, and evaluate the happenings at nature school on a regular basis 

  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings 

  • Maintain a safe outdoor classroom by completing daily site checks

  • In addition to the regular and customary classroom responsibilities and duties, employees may be assigned additional duties both inside and outside the classroom, which may be necessary for the proper functioning of Wise Earth Forest School

Required:

 

  • Warm, compassionate, curious, adventurous way with children

  • Teaching, leading, guiding, mentoring children/ youth background and education

  • Interest in a nature based educational philosophy and open and willing to learn Wise Earth approach

  • Understanding of emotional intelligence with support for communication and expression of emotions, conflict resolution

  • Sensitivity and support for children with special needs

  • Adaptable, flexible, and well-rounded with a passion for teaching and exploring other diverse avenues of child-based learning such as art, music, dance, sport, yoga, mindfulness, cooking, gardening, photography, nature connection, etc.

  • 3+ years experience leading groups

  • Passion for a deep nature connection in your own life

  • Wilderness First Aid, or General First Aid (with intent to study the other)

  • Able to provide proof of clear Criminal Reference Check 

Assets:

  • Certified EA, ECE, Social work, Forest School practitioner or similar mentoring / guiding / teaching background

  • Willingness to learn and develop a repertoire of nature based abilities and knowledge

  • Share your passions!! Local naturalist knowledge of flora and fauna, hazards, orientation, tracking, edible & medicinal plants, gardening, farm animal care, ecology, peace making & conflict resolution, music and song, mindfulness, friction fires, shelter building, hide tanning, weaving, carving, bird language & ID, etc.

 

*Competitive wages and professional development opportunities available

Forest School Educational Assistant for Children with Special Needs at Wise Earth Forest School, Metchosin, west of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC

 

(For student ages 5-6) 

  • Provide one to one support for child with autism 

  • Provide warm, nurturing and inspiring support to children in the class

  • Prepare instructional aid materials

  • Support students with sensory/emotional regulation, and be attuned to behaviour needs with modifications, redirection and (physical/verbal) 

  • Plan special activities, crafts or recreational opportunities

  • Assist students, individually and in small groups, with learning activities and/or independent study projects

  • Assist with supervision of individual or small groups of students, during the temporary absence of teacher 

  • Assist staff to adapt/modify resources & learning materials and adapt strategies to accommodate individual learner needs/styles

  • Observe and documents learner strengths, achievements and needs through daily learning activities. Assist in the collection of data and maintaining student records for the purpose of evaluating student progress. Provides information to teacher for home/school formal/informal communications

  • Organize and participate in a variety of field trips, sports, social, recreational and craft activities 

  • Support day to day operations of the school in a team setting 

  • Communicate with families and caregivers to ensure healthy, positive relationships are formed and maintained on a regular basis, through weekly reflections, and in person communication.  

  • Ensure the well being of all children and staff are at the forefront of daily decision making

  • Record, assess, and evaluate the happenings at nature school on a regular basis 

  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings 

  • In addition to the regular and customary classroom responsibilities and duties, employees may be assigned additional duties both inside and outside the classroom, which may be necessary for the proper functioning of Wise Earth Forest School

Required:

 

  • Warm, compassionate, curious, adventurous way with children

  • Supporting and mentoring children/ youth background and education

  • Interest in a nature based educational philosophy and open and willing to learn Wise Earth approach

  • Understanding of emotional intelligence with support for communication and expression of emotions, conflict resolution

  • Sensitivity and support for children with special needs

  • Adaptable, flexible, and well-rounded with a passion for child-based learning such as art, music, dance, sport, yoga, mindfulness, cooking, gardening, photography, nature connection, etc.

  • 3+ years experience working with children

  • Passion for a deep nature connection in your own life

  • Wilderness First Aid, or General First Aid (with intent to study the other)

  • Able to provide proof of clear Criminal Reference Check 

Assets:

  • Certified EA, ECE, Social work, Forest School practitioner or similar mentoring / guiding / teaching background

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training (e.g., CPI or MANDT) 

  • Willingness to learn and develop a repertoire of nature based abilities and knowledge

  • Share your passions!! Local naturalist knowledge of flora and fauna, hazards, orientation, tracking, edible & medicinal plants, gardening, farm animal care, ecology, peace making & conflict resolution, music and song, mindfulness, friction fires, shelter building, hide tanning, weaving, carving, bird language & ID, etc.

 

*Competitive wages and professional development opportunities available

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