East Bay B’naiture Mentor for Youth Ages 11-14
Part-time, contract role
B’naiture is a nationally award-winning, two-year, experiential program for youth ages 11-14 that uses nature as a vehicle to explore the transition from childhood to adolescence. B’naiture is forging a new Jewish pathway for nature- and soul-centric B’nai Mitzvah. More than 150 kids in small 10-12 kid cohorts have graduated since B’naiture began in 2012.
This program of Wilderness Torah weaves Jewish teachings, story, and song with personal challenges, outdoor skills,mentorship, peer group community-building, and nature awareness activities to provide an embodied way for youth to explore their coming-of-age with a Jewish lens. B’naiture meets from October—May on six Sundays from 10:30-4:30pm in the East Bay Parks, and five Wednesday nights in Berkeley backyards and parks, and for three weekend camping trips.
We seek educators with 3+ years experience in youth mentoring, nature connection, wilderness skills, and Jewish learning to serve as a mentor for our B’naiture program for our next two-year cohort, fall 2018- spring 2020. As a B’naiture mentor, your role is to provide nature-based games, challenges, crafts, stories, Jewish and nature-based learning, and help guide youth into their teen years.
You will learn a nationally award-winning approach to mentorship-based rites of passage, rooted in earth-based Jewish wisdom, from a robust curriculum and highly-skilled lead mentors. This work will build out your skill-set for Jewish education and working with adolescents. Wilderness Torah is a proven trainer in this pedagogy. We have trained and consulted with nearly 100 lay leaders internationally, many of whom are starting similar programs elsewhere including the East Coast, Mexico and Israel.
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 www.wildernesstorah.org.
Founded in 2007, Wilderness Torah has served more than 12,000 participants with programs that reconnect Judaism to nature, including multi-generational land-based holiday festivals; outdoor Jewish education for grades K-12; year-round Jewish offerings including Shabbats, High Holidays, and Jewish learning; and young adult leadership training.
Wilderness Torah is growing rapidly, with sold-out programs and double-digit growth each year and has won regional and national awards for Jewish education.
Duties and Responsibilities Include:
- Attend staff training weekend, additional trainings throughout year, and end of season staff debrief
- Create daily plans in collaboration with lead mentors before each meeting
- Participate in monthly staff meeting, and additional meetings as needed
- Mentor and guide youth, maintain safety and health of all participants
- Mentor 1-on-1 select group of participants–responsibilities include annual parent meetings and providing additional support as needed
- Arrive promptly for each meeting- Sundays generally 9am-5pm and Wednesdays 4pm-8:30pm, and for camping trips (typically Thursday-Sunday), for set-up, clean-up and duration
- Respond promptly to e-mail correspondence from program manager and team
- 3+ years experience providing either wilderness, nature-based or rites-of-passage programming
- Naturalist and wilderness skills knowledge; experience teaching wilderness skills is a bonus
- Knowledge of the Hebrew calendar and Jewish holiday cycles, stories, and values; Experience teaching in Jewish education is a bonus
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team of youth mentors and can think on their feet
- Experience and love of teaching, mentoring, and working with Middle School aged youth
- Ability to lift at least 25 pounds; able to be outside in various weather conditions, from very hot to extremely rainy and wet with a bright attitude that inspires the kids
- Knowledge of the Eight Shields model desired
- Able to make at least a two-season commitment to B’naiture
Pay is 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 website 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 accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
Wilderness Torah is an equal opportunity employer. Local candidates only. Must be able to lift 20 pounds. Thank you!