Weekend Outdoor Jewish Educator for Grades K–2 and 3–5
September 2017 – June 2018 (Hiring Educators on a rolling basis throughout program year)
Part-time, contract role
East Bay B’hootz is a Sunday school in the woods for grades K–5 that runs 15 Sundays October to June in East Bay parks. This program of Wilderness Torah integrates nature-based exploration within Jewish spirituality, tradition, and ethics. Our Shoreshim (roots) group for grades K–2 takes place 10 am – 1 pm, and our Etzim (trees) group for grades 3–5 from 10 am – 2 pm.
We seek educators with 2+ years experience in Jewish and nature-based education to serve as Mentors for either our Shoreshim and Etzim groups at B’hootz for the 2017–2018 season. You will lead a group of 10–12 youth each day, participate in curriculum planning, and interact with families.
About the Organization:
A six-time Slingshot award winner as one of the nation’s most innovative Jewish nonprofits, Wilderness Torah’s mission is to awaken and celebrate the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth, and Spirit. See our website at wildernesstorah.org.
Founded in 2007, Wilderness Torah has served more than 8,000 participants with programs that reconnect Judaism to nature, including multi-generational land-based holiday festivals; outdoor Jewish education for grades K–12; and young adult leadership training.
Wilderness Torah is growing rapidly, with sold-out programs and double-digit growth each year. In 2016, we launched our inaugural Training Institute to train leaders from across the country and internationally in Wilderness Torah’s K–12 curriculum.
Duties and Responsibilities Include:
- Collaborative curriculum planning under guidance of Lead Mentor
- Program prep and communication with staff and families as laid out by Lead Mentor
- Attend Wilderness Torah training days and team meetings
- Lead group of 10–12 youth and whole-group programming on 15 Sundays
- Mentor and guide youth, maintain safety and health of all participants
- Supervise teen mentors
- Attend staff meetings before and after program day
- 2+ years experience working with children in grades K–2 or 3–5 in Jewish and/or outdoor programs;
- Knowledge of the Jewish calendar and holiday cycles, stories, and values;
- Naturalist and wilderness skills knowledge;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team of youth mentors.
Pay commensurate with experience. This is a part-time, contract role.
- Send a resume (two pages maximum), two references and cover letter (one page) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Read thoroughly on our web site about the program(s) to which you are applying
- Include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject heading
- Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until 5pm PST Friday, July 7, 2017.
Wilderness Torah is an equal opportunity employer. Local candidates only. Must be able to lift 20 pounds. Thank you!