Guide youths through an exploration of the natural world and the complex issues facing global ecosystems. Inspire them to incorporate sustainable living practices into their daily lives. Explore such key concepts such as eco-tourism, permaculture, fair trade, green building, organic agriculture and renewable energy. Engage youths through experiential learning techniques. Guide youths as they devise action plans to apply in their families and schools. Facile knowledge of a broad range of environmental issues from varied perspectives is required.
Job Description: To plan and deliver the Green Your World Workshop curriculum to youths ages 14-18, approximately 2 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. To translate knowledge of subject matter into an effective, experiential form appropriate for youth participants of varied cultures, consistent with principles and philosophy of the Global Youth Village.
- Minimum of one year advanced training and/or professional teaching experience in area of environmental studies or a related field
- Age 21 and over
- Ability to teach environmental studies using experiential methods
- Proven expertise in personal delivery of the subject matter, including a knowledge of how policy is formulated
- Organized, able to plan daily content of workshop
- Ability to adapt teaching style to individual needs
- Ability to create a harmonious group dynamic
- Ability to lead and moderate discussions
- Ability to work well in a team
- Fluent in English
- Desire and ability to work with youth in an untraditional educational setting (i.e. – residential, outdoors, experiential)
Responsible to: Workshop Director
- Plan and deliver curriculum, with guidance from the Workshop Coordinator (or other Administrative Staff). (Approximately 7-10 teaching days per session)
- Monitor use of equipment and supplies in workshop area; requisition equipment and supplies as needed.
- Set up teaching space and maintain order and cleanliness throughout the summer.
- Identify maintenance needs of facility and equipment, and report to maintenance staff.
- Communicate with administrative and cabin staff as necessary, regarding an individual youth’s performance and/or special needs.
- Teach occasional special activities or “electives” related to workshop subject matter or in an area related to a special skill, during non-workshop times.
- Clean and close down teaching area at end of the summer, including inventory and storing of equipment and supplies.
- Provide detailed report and evaluation of workshop, as actually delivered, with recommendations for next season.
- Document new material developed for workshop.
- Assist in the design and delivery of select evening programs or other special events, at least once a week.
- Teach occasional afternoon activities or electives or fulfill some other programmatic role of interest
- Fulfill other support functions as outlined in the general job description, applicable to all staff (i.e. being part of a meal clean-up team once a day, helping set up and break down facility, etc.)
- Ability to effectively communicate with workshop group, co-instructors, and supervisors.
- Cognitive ability to plan and conduct activity to achieve youth development objectives.
- Ability to observe and assess participant behavior, enforce appropriate safety guidelines and emergency procedures, and provide guidance and discipline as needed.