Woolman Outdoor School (WOS) Instructors

Job Type: 
Outdoor School
Starting Date: 
August 24, 2019

Application Deadline: Ahead of Listed Staff Trainings on 8/24 and 9/21. Summary: Woolman Outdoor School Instructors will facilitate activities for WOS participants (high school students, teachers, and adult chaperones), which include but are not limited to environmental science lessons, wilderness skills activities, and community building workshops.  They will manage and lead groups of WOS participants as big as 55 students and 4 or more chaperones and teachers. WOS Instructors will be immersed in the Woolman community, including hosting meals and leading groups of participants in Community Chores. They will also be available to help participants with situations or conflicts that arise during activities, assist in the cleaning of campus after WOS participants depart, and they will engage deeply with the community building we foster at Woolman.

MORE DETAIL INCLUDING SALARY INFORMATION AND HOW TO APPLY 
is included in the detailed description document at the following link: https://bit.ly/2YOVWJm
 

Fall 2019 Dates

Paid Staff Training: August 24-25 and/or Sept 21-22 (note availability with application)
Programming: August 30th 8am-2pm - Teambuilding Activities Only
Sept 24-29th 6 day, 5 night Outdoor School
Oct 1-3rd 3 day, 2 night Outdoor School
Oct 11-13th OR Nov 8-10th 3 day, 2 night Outdoor School

**Commitment to all four programs not necessary!

The Woolman Outdoor School in Summary

The mission of the Woolman Outdoor School is to steward learning communities and groups to enhance and deepen their connection with the natural world.  Our instructors offer icebreakers, teambuilding, games, and communication activities from within your existing skillset, in addition to being trained to run new activities. We also partner with instructors at Sierra Streams Institute and other organizations to offer hands on activities that integrate environmental science with a powerful connection to the natural world.  Our program engages high school students through hands-on and place-based learning while promoting critical thinking and creative problem solving.  Evening programs include campfires, skits, night hikes, and astronomy. In addition to academics, the Outdoor School provides a unique learning environment where students gain important social skills, responsibility, independence, and confidence.  Students may take part in garden harvests and meal preparation, and always participate in clean ups, giving them an active role in providing for their community.  

WOS Instructors Job Summary

Woolman Outdoor School Instructors will:

  • Attend at least one two day/one night paid staff training before working with any WOS participants. 
  • Fall Trainings are August 24-25th and Sept 21-22nd, 2019. Spring Training will be offered within the dates of Jan 30th-Feb 2nd TBD. 
  • This training will include safety protocols, WOS scheduling expectations, tools for encouraging inclusion and community building, as well as a general orientation to the campus, and training in leading games and program activities. 
  • Overnight accommodations will be available for training, including the night before and/or after as needed, or local staff can arrange to commute to/from home after evening training activities. 
  • Facilitate program activities for WOS participants (students, teachers, and chaperones), which include but are not limited to environmental science lessons, wilderness skills activities, icebreaker games, and community building workshops.
  • Be available to help WOS participants with situations or conflicts that arise during activities.
  • Manage and lead groups of WOS participants as big as 60 students and 4 or more chaperones and teachers. Single day programs might be larger groups, with WOS Directors facilitating any whole group activities and WOS Instructors supporting the larger focus. Most instructional activities will be will smaller groups of students, ~20, and other adults will be present. Larger groups will include
  • Day hikes to the Yuba may be included. In 2020-21, WOS programming may expand to potentially co-lead two day/one night backpacking trips at the Yuba River or other local trails.
  • Instructors are expected to live on site for the duration of the program, usually three days, and potentially longer. Sleeping in a student cabin space may be required if the need arises, although the design is for instructors to have a private sleeping space at night. Local instructors may make arrangements to go home at night and return, if enough staff are on site.
  • Instructors will immerse themselves in the Woolman community as much as possible, including hosting meals and leading groups of WOS participants in Community Chores, and staying to share feedback after the program for the further development of WOS.
  • Assist in the cleaning of campus after WOS participants depart.

WOS Instructor Job Overview

  • Facilitate activities for WOS participants 
  • WOS activities range from 45 minutes to 4 hours. WOS Instructors will receive lesson plans and training on how to best lead these activities, and are also encouraged to incorporate their own knowledge and education tools whenever possible, including the possibility of bringing a new activity to the group - best if communicated on hiring.
  • Our top priority is safety, not only physical but mental and emotional as well. WOS instructors must be able to read their group, assess the wellbeing of their participants, and ask the  sending school’s staff and other WOS staff for help when necessary.
  • At WOS we recognize that each student has their own unique learning and social interaction styles that work best for them. WOS instructors need to cater to a variety of learning and “classroom” management styles, and be patient with students as they adjust to learning primarily outdoors.
  • WOS wants its participants to learn some environmental science, yet we also strive to cultivate wilderness awareness, appreciation, and community building as well. Although each activity is built with certain learning outcomes in mind, we understand that every group is different and will learn different things throughout their journey. We encourage WOS Instructors to focus on helping participants gain comfortability and curiosity about nature as well as form important bonds with their schoolmates, and we understand these focuses can draw the group away from the curriculum at times.

Day Hikes and Backpacking Trips
Day Hikes to the Yuba may be led from the Woolman property. 

  • Staff members who lead Yuba hikes must include one WFR in the group, carry a med kit carry water and bag lunch and snack, and have water purification ability and training if needed in an emergency.
  •   Please indicate in your cover letter: your comfort level with hiking, river swimming, and leading groups of students in the wilderness, as well as your first aid or lifeguard training and certifications, if any. 
  • In 2019-20, WOS will NOT include backpacking trips. In 2020-21, WOS may take some sending schools on a two day/one night backpacking trip at a local trail. WOS Instructors who work with these schools must have previous backpacking trip leading experience. WOS Instructors that lead backpacking trips are expected to:
  • Co-Lead a group of up to 15 students and one teacher or adult chaperone on a two day/one night backpacking trip. At least two WOS Instructors will be on each trip
  • Follow the route and use the campsites planned by the WOS admin, unless circumstances call for in-the-field route revision
  • Cook meals for participants on whisper light stoves
  • Bear Bag food or any items with odor at night
  • Purify water for the group
  • Practice constant risk management and look out for the wellbeing of all participants
  • Teach wilderness and backpacking skills to participants whenever possible
  • Treat any medical conditions within guidelines of their current first aid, wilderness first aid, wilderness first responder, etc. certification
  • Carry out evacuations according to WOS protocol if necessary

MORE DETAIL INCLUDING SALARY INFORMATION AND HOW TO APPLY 
is included in the detailed description document at the following link: https://bit.ly/2YOVWJm

Please Note: Applicants must be able to pass a background check.