Creek Curriculum Specialist (Temporary PT | FT Summer Possibility)

Application Deadline: April 16, 2018
Dates of employment: April – October, 2018

This full job description is also available for download here.


At Urban Adamah, we offer youth and families a taste of organic farm life through fun and dynamic hands-on programs at our urban farm. Our programs are designed to create a space for children to thrive and express their natural curiosities and passions, all within a vibrant, loving and inclusive Jewish community.

Urban Adamah is seeking a Creek Curriculum Specialist to develop, pilot, and then refine curricula and programs for variously-aged youth and families that explore the natural and social history of Codornices Creek. The goals of the programs will be for participants in Urban Adamah programs to:

  • Explore, learn about and gain an appreciation of Codornices Creek and the East Bay watershed, the living systems that depend on it, and our human impact and role in maintaining/restoring its health.
  • Explore, learn about and gain an appreciation of the natural and social history of our site and the surrounding area, including the presence of the Ohlone/Chochenyo native community and the dramatic environmental and social changes in the region over the past 200 years.

The Specialist will develop curricula and programs in spring 2018, pilot age-specific programs with summer campers ages 3 to 12 in summer 2018 and with families, elementary and middle school students, and young adults in fall 2018, and then finalize the curriculum in late 2018/early 2019.


PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE:

Spring Curriculum Development (60 – 90 hours, May – June)

The Creek Specialist will produce 10 program modules, 30 to 90 minutes long, for summer campers and students/youth groups (ages 5-12) as well as teens/young adults. The programs will include games, hands-on activities, stories, and nature connection routines as appropriate to each age group.

Deliverables:

  • Lesson plans per age group that focuses on each of the stated themes (creek/watershed ecology and cultural connections) and includes stated design elements
  • Materials to help people identify native species and natural features
  • Maps and other visuals that help tell the story of the Creek through time
  • Two one-hour sessions for Camp Staff Training
  • Lesson plans per age group that focuses on each of the stated themes (creek/watershed ecology and cultural connections) and includes stated design elements
  • Materials to help people identify native species and natural features
  • Maps and other visuals that help tell the story of the Creek through time
  • Two one-hour sessions for Camp Staff Training

Summer Camp Pilot of Program:

The Creek Specialist will pilot programs during the summer at Camp Urban Adamah with children ages 3 to 12, as well as with teens during one week. The programs will take place 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Monday – Friday from June 11 – August 24. This position may be combined with other Camp Staff positions, including Camp Counselor, Program Assistant and After-Camp Coordinator, and After-Camp Counselor.  In this case, summer compensation would reflect additional hours worked. Please refer to our hiring page to see other positions.

Post-Camp Evaluation, Curriculum Refinement, and Training Module Development (20-40 hours, Sept – Oct)

The Creek Specialist will document the program at the end of the summer season and the Director of Education will evaluate the program and identify opportunities to strengthen the program. The Creek Specialist will modify the curriculum and develop training materials and a 90-minute training module that Urban Adamah can use to orient new staff to the creek curriculum. The Creek Specialist will provide in depth training for the Farm Educator to prepare them to teach the program for elementary school students, teens, and fellows during the academic year.

REQUIREMENTS

The ideal candidate should have knowledge and experience doing experiential teaching of Bay Area’s natural history, creek ecology and watersheds, Native people (from a social justice perspective), and environmental stewardship. The ideal candidate is familiar with curriculum writing and has a background in project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and/or place-based education. Jewish background/knowledge is not necessary, but rather a willingness to learn and integrate Jewish environmental wisdom and spirituality into the programs.

DATES AND TIMES

Summer camp times are June 11 – August 24, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Monday – Friday. Spring and fall work times are flexible. Some work in Spring and Fall will be conducted on-site; other work may be conducted off-site. It is expected that the project will commence by April 15 and program will be ready to pilot by June 1.

OTHER

Supervision: The Creek Curriculum Specialist is supervised by the Director of Education and Camp Urban Adamah Director.

Compensation: $20 per hour with a $1,000 bonus at completion of the project.

 

TO APPLY

Complete the online application by clicking the Apply button below.

The application will include a sample curriculum that you have written that features learning on ecology, watersheds, experiential/place-based learning, natural history, or hands-on science. You will also be asked to upload a copy of your resume and cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and how your experience relates to the job responsibilities described above. In your cover letter, also include 2 professional references. All applications are due on April 16, 2018.

 

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