Title: Forest School Education Volunteer
Supervised by: School Day Programs Coordinator
Term: Spring Quarter 2019
Wednesdays and Fridays between April 17th-May 24th
North Cascades Institute, in collaboration with the Bellingham School District, is seeking motivated volunteers for the Forest School youth education program. During Forest School, 3rd grade students will explore the components of healthy habitats for human and non-human communities through experiential activities. The day long field trip
compliments a classroom-based unit based on the core idea of “how the natural world influences community (human and non-human), survival in an ecosystem past, present, and future.” Forest School takes place at the Gordon Carter Conservation site on the southeast side of Lake Whatcom.
The Forest School volunteer will work under close supervision by the School Day Programs Coordinator. Primary duties will include facilitating a positive outdoor experience for small groups of youth. Volunteers will receive training on program curriculum and logistics, $25/day stipend and carpooling to the Gordon Carter Conservation Site
● Experience in and enthusiasm for engaging youth in environmental education in an outdoor setting
● Ability to teach Wednesdays and Fridays between April 24th and May 24th
● Ability to attend 2 days of training April 17th and 19th
● Physically able to work in all weather conditions
● Ability to hike for 2 miles in uneven terrain while carrying a 10 lb pack
● Excellent organization and communication skills
● Ability to use independent judgment to ensure safety of program participants
● Ability to practice and enforce policy and safety practices as trained
● Reliable, independent worker and team player
● Reliable transportation to and from the carpooling site
● Must be 18 years of age or older
● Acceptable background screening and criminal history check
● Some coursework in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Education, Biology or related field
● CPR/First Aid Certification or advanced certification (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder)
Teaching (80%): Instruct and guide groups of students at Forest School. Ensure safety and well-being of program participants. All teaching will be under the close supervision of Institute staff.
Administration and operations (10%): Set-up and take-down for the Forest School program; assist with the maintenance of program supplies, equipment and facilities. Assist with other duties as required.
Training and Evaluation (10%): Attend debriefs; participate in instructor observations and feedback. Training will include group facilitation techniques, natural/cultural history lessons and program logistics.
● $25/day stipend
● Gain up to 100 hours towards academic credit (3 credits)
Professional Development Opportunity:
● Receive professional development through mentorship of teaching staff
● Gain teaching experience working directly with elementary school students
● Promote a healthy, active lifestyle
Please send a letter of interest, resume and the names of three references with current contact information to email@example.com.
To learn more about earning academic credit for this internship, please schedule an appointment with Rhonda Leeson, WCC Interim Cooperative Education Coordinator, by calling 360.383.3080.