|Wild Whatcom seeks a motivated and highly-skilled female educator to co-lead single and multi-day field outings, earth skills days, and service projects for the Girls Explorer Club. New mentors are expected to commit to at least a year to the Girls Explorers Club program. The Girls Explorers Club cultivates naturalist knowledge, sense of adventure, earth living skills, and a community stewardship ethic for girls ages 7-16. With the natural world as a starting point, you will help develop and lead innovative experiential learning opportunities that inspire participants to explore, connect, and serve, while building healthy relationships with nature, community and self. This position will work with the Program Coordinator and other field staff to organize and guide outings, primarily on weekend days. We estimate 60% of time will be outing leadership, 20% logistics management, and 20% seasonal planning.
Field Mentor Responsibilities • Awaken a sense of wonder teaching natural history and outdoor skills while exploring local areas • Facilitate collaborative leadership and decision-making to augment developing life skills • Practice effective risk management at all times, creating a safe learning experience for all participants • Serve as a mentor and role model to participants appropriate to their needs as individuals and as a group • Work closely with other members of the field staff team to plan, prepare, and lead outings • Model and help create comfort in nature by getting dirty, establishing a sense of place, and seeing the uniqueness of nature in wild and urban places • Assist with gear maintenance, storage, and coordination • Assist with program logistics Assist Program Coordinator Responsibilities • Design, coordinate, schedule, and execute seasonal single day and multi-day outdoor adventures and service projects • Identify and arrange service projects, communicating with service providers and community partners • Plan, schedule, and prepare website descriptions of seasonal programming; update website as needed • Assist in tracking participant registration • Support and contribute to documentation/record keeping • Prepare and help facilitate regular GEC program staff and training meetings • Assist with yearly budget preparation and quarterly financial analysis (seasonally) • Manage aspects of summer and winter programming • Maintain clear, responsive, honest, and respectful communications with staff and parents • Share concerns and successes and seek advice from Program Coordinator, Program Manager and Executive Director to ensure program quality • Develop rapport with families and establish effective ongoing communication