Job Summary: Biocitizen LA offers year round, place-based educational programming across Los Angeles to create experiences for students that foster wonder and appreciation for their local environment, connect them to their landscapes, and inspire them to become stewards of their biospheric communities. We are seeking experienced outdoor educators who will serve as core educators and Field Supervisors for After School, Holiday Break, Summer Camp, and other community programming events. Our teaching staff are integral to cultivating positive individual and group experiences by providing a physically and mentally safe and supportive group dynamic. Biocitizen teachers guide groups of students to a variety of outdoor locales, from urban to more remote parks, beaches, trails, canyons, and wildlife reserves. Programs take place in park or outdoor area classroom locations within local boroughs: Northeast LA, West LA, and the San Fernando Valley.
Staff work in collaborative teaching teams during programming, and Field Supervisors will be assigned additional responsibilities such as maintaining check-ins with other educators, coordinating their program group’s communication channels, attending to the organization’s vehicle fleet, scouting potential program locations, as well as other assignments that align with demonstrated skills and previous relevant experience. We support development of all staff’s confidence, facilitation methods, to proficiency as a local naturalist and guide through the following:
- Training focused on place-based educational pedagogies with strong emphasis on natural history and local cultural histories.
- Regular check-ins with co-teachers and Directors, as well as development of in-situ trail and outdoor leadership skills.
- Increased responsibilities and teaching opportunities based on demonstrated commitment and interest.
- Extensive database resource of games, activities, lessons, trail information, to local ecology.
Ideal start date is June 5th, 2022 so that the candidate would be able to join as many weeks of our Summer ‘Our Place’ camp program sessions as possible, which runs from June 12 – August 27th, 2022. They’d join primarily in a teaching capacity to preface their role taking on additional administrative and out of the field supervisor duties during the school-year After School Enrichment (ASE) program beginning in the fall of 2022, during which the candidate would only be in the field teaching during afternoon ASE hours.
Cultivating a growth and adaptability mindset is integral to this mission for both students and educators. Biocitizen staff benefit from a culture of eagerness to share and develop areas of subject knowledge, mental and physical strengths, to styles of teamwork and leadership. We are excited to support our staff regardless of where they may come to us on their professional journey!
COVID-19 considerations: For a detailed outline of our COVID protocols in the field and staff/student safety measures, please see: https://la.biocitizen.org/covid-19-plans-procedures/