Sierra Nevada Journeys is built on a simple premise: Science education is a necessity, and nature’s classroom is a great place to teach it. Our full mission statement is to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship. To achieve this mission, SNJ offers a range of programming to students in northern Nevada and California:
• Our credentialed teachers create innovative, engaging curriculum for 1st-5th graders, teach in the classroom, and lead field expeditions.
• We host students, teachers, and families at our Outdoor School located at Grizzly Creek Ranch, near Portola, CA, and run an epic summer camp for 8-17 year olds.
• We train teachers on how to bring engaging STEM lessons to their classrooms as well as how to utilize the outdoor classroom.
• Through our Family Science/STEM Nights, we involve families to reinforce classroom concepts.
Here at SNJ we believe that outdoor science education is not just a luxury but a necessity. Over 55% of the students we serve are from low-income families, and building capacity to fundraise enables us to help under-served students across our region.
WHO ARE YOU?
Our program participants reflect the diversity within our communities, and we value the same on our staff. Whether you’re an urbanite or mountain (wo)man, from the east coast, west coast, North Pole or Mars, you’ll fit right in. Though we come from all sorts of places, what bonds the SNJ family is a deep commitment to our mission and the professional skillset to execute it.
WHERE WE OPERATE
SNJ has three locations: our headquarters in Reno, NV our science campus in Portola, CA, and a satellite office in Sacramento, CA. We serve students along the I-80 corridor from Sacramento, CA to Fallon, NV, with the majority of students clustered around our three locations.
SNJ is seeking dynamic education professionals to help expand the program base for Sierra Nevada Journeys in Reno, NV. This position requires motivated individuals with an engaging personality and an insistence on excellence who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking capacity through outdoor science education across classrooms that mirror the demographics in Northern Nevada. We are seeking someone prepared to teach in a variety of settings (classroom, outdoors, family science nights), grade and analyze assessments and support the overall education operations of the Classrooms Unleashed program. The position requires an individual who is able to thrive independently and work well on a team, and who is committed to supporting a non-profit on the cutting edge of the Informal Education industry. Part-time Educators will report directly to SNJ’s Reno Program Manager.
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to email@example.com. In the subject line of your email please include “PT Educator” and your last name.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
• Education – Teaching Classrooms Unleashed
o Teach SNJ programs in the classroom and field. Typical programs may include the following (70%):
§ Classrooms Unleashed programs consist of four lesson units based on topics including Watershed, Earth Science and Life Science, and culminate with an outdoor field study at a local natural area.
§ Outdoor field studies include leading trail groups of 12-20 students through a variety of field-based science activities during ½ day field trips to local natural areas.
• Family Involvement – Facilitating Family Science Nights
o Family Science Night events hosted by SNJ at schools for parent engagement. Lead science stations and engineering challenges (20%):
§ Plan event, organize supplies, facilitate operations, and lead/delegate a team of interns, volunteers, and other staff to host a successful event.
• Deliver and analyze student assessment and teacher program evaluations for program feedback and improvement, office projects, curriculum development (5%).
• 2+ years teaching experience (Substitute license or teaching credential required) Current licensure not required to apply, but if considered for the position must be actively pursuing or willing to do so. Hours may be reduced until the candidate is able to teach solo in the classroom with a current licensure (substitute or teaching credential).
• Excellent written, phone and in-person professional communication skills
• Current CPR and First Aid for Infant/Child/Adult (or willing to fulfill this requirement prior to start date)
• Ability to pass background check
• Passionate commitment to providing opportunities for/working with kids of all backgrounds
• Ability to thrive in an environment that is fast-paced, creative, dynamic, flexible, and growing
• The ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
• Must be detail focused, with a high level of organizational and planning skills
• Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and hike 4-5 miles with a backpack
• Reliable vehicle (ability to drive to school and field sites in and around a large city)
• Higher education degree in related field
• Wilderness First Responder certification
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
• Dynamic work environment
• Fun/fulfilling career
• Innovative company focused on improving outdoor education delivery