Employment Opportunities

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR (Full-Time/Year-round)

Summary:  Responsible for implementing environmental education programs through our off-site Naturalist-in-the-Classroom programs at three local elementary schools (with occasional field trips from those schools to Prescott Farm), work as a camp instructor during our WildQuest winter, spring and summer day camps and plan/teach on-site seasonal public programs.  This is a full-time year-round position and includes working one weekend day per week (except during camp).

Responsibilities:

  • Implement Naturalist-in-the-Classroom programs including maintaining necessary annual paperwork, providing resources for teachers, modeling place-based and inquiry learning through teaching, assisting schools with correlating curriculum to NH Frameworks, keeping records of time spent on programs
  • Work with Education Staff to plan, implement and evaluate public programs (workshops, walks, etc.) on-site at Prescott Farm
  • Plan activities and lead groups of campers during February, April and Summer vacation camps
  • Take care of existing education program materials, supplies and equipment as well as the development of new ones as needed
  • Participate in weekly PFEEC staff meetings
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree minimum – Master’s Degree preferred in environmental education, education or related field
  • Experience in environmental educational program planning, development and implementation
  • Experience working with people of all ages in an outdoor environmental education setting
  • Areas of expertise may include ecology, natural history, gardening/farming, and/or farm animal care
  • Ability to lead groups of children and adults in outdoor program settings including moderate level hiking/snowshoeing
  • Creative and enthusiastic communication/presentation skills
  • Flexibility to work one weekend day/week
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • First Aid & CPR certification
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Must pass a criminal background check.


Status:
  Full-time (35 hours/week), year-round position; increases to 36-40 hours/week during summer camp.

Performance:  Performance will be evaluated annually based on position requirements as described above, as well as feedback from program participants.

Benefits:  Health insurance, retirement plan, life insurance and Long Term Disability Income insurance, paid holidays and vacation.

Wage:  TBD

Reports to:  Education Director

To Apply:  Please send letter of interest, resume, and three references via e-mail to Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Education Director, at [email protected] with the subject line ‘ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR.’  No phone calls, please.

 

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CAMP DIRECTOR (Part-Time/Year-round)

Summary:  The Camp Director will oversee planning, implementation and evaluation of our WildQuest Day Camp which operates vacation camps during the weeks of February and April vacation as well as 9-10 weeks of summer day camp for children ages 4-13.  The position is full time (35 hours/week) from April through September and during the last week of February, and part-time (21 hours/week) from October through March.

Responsibilities:

Off-Season

  • Plan and facilitate February, April, and Summer WildQuest Camp sessions including:
    • determining weekly themes
    • coordinating all-camp projects and special guests for summer camp
    • identifying and coordinating for the purchase of any materials needed
    • planning games & Quests
  • Collaborate with Executive Director on annual camp budget
  • Be familiar with all NH DES Youth Recreation Camp License requirements and maintain Prescott Farm’s compliance with them. Apply for annual license renewal.
  • Work with marketing staff to promote camp and drive enrollment including:
    • distributing flyers
    • offering presentations to libraries, schools, seasonal residents and second homeowner communities, etc.
    • attending camp fairs to promote camp
    • communicating with camp families throughout the year to keep them engaged
  • Design camp flyer & update registration paperwork (annually)
  • Make any updates/additions to the camp staff manual (annually)
  • Administer the camp registration process using our online EZ-Camp registration software and collaborate with our bookkeeper whenever necessary
  • Collaborate with Executive Director on scholarship grant opportunities and assist Executive Director and/or scholarship committee with scholarship determinations
  • Work with Education Director to recruit and hire camp staff (post jobs, schedule and conduct interviews, etc.)
  • Conduct camp staff training
  • Coordinate summer camp t-shirt design, ordering & printing
  • Conduct evaluations at the end of camp sessions and summer camp season
  • Participate in activities/trainings offered by organizations such as NH Camp Directors Association and NH Environmental Educators (NHEE) to ensure that Prescott Farm is following best practices
  • Prepare for and seek ACA accreditation for WildQuest Camp at Prescott Farm
  • Assist with other on-site educational programs (such as festivals & field trips) as necessary

During Camp

  • Oversee the smooth daily operation of camp including maintaining necessary paperwork, facilitating opening/closing circle, all-camp projects, quests, and guest speakers, and supervising camp staff to keep facilities, program materials/equipment neat and organized throughout.
  • Supervise camp staff including:
    • Conduct weekly meetings during summer camp to discuss curriculum/plans and review camper issues
    • Provide training and education for upcoming sessions
    • Facilitate resolution of any disagreements or issues that arise between camp staff
    • Create a weekly schedule for camp staff (including coverage for before/after care)
    • Ensure that organization of spaces/resources/materials is maintained throughout the summer
  • Enforce camp safety rules and regulations/state camp licensing requirements and meet with State camp inspector (random visit during the summer) to go over license compliancy checklist.
  • Be the “face” of camp for parents – be available at drop-off and check-in to talk with them if necessary

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of five to seven years of experience in environmental, wilderness, or outdoor education.
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum, Master’s Degree preferred – in environmental education or related field.
  • 2 or more years’ experience as a camp director in a similar setting
  • High-level first aid training (Wilderness First Responder Certification preferred)
  • Ability to do moderate level hiking and snowshoeing
  • Must pass Criminal Background Check
  • Strong naturalists’ skills and demonstrated understanding of New England natural history
  • Creative and enthusiastic program development and presentation skills.
  • Solid organizational skills with regard to coordinating and scheduling programs, projects, maintaining files, reports and databases.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and supervise staff.

Status:  Full-time (35 hours) from April-September and part-time (21 hours/week) from October-March.
Performance:  Performance will be evaluated annually based on position requirements as described above, as well as feedback from program participants.

Benefits:  Health insurance, retirement plan, life insurance and Long Term Disability Income insurance, paid holidays and vacation.

Wage:  TBD
Reports to:  Executive Director
To Apply:  Please send letter of interest, resume, and three references via e-mail to Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Education Director, at [email protected] with the subject line ‘CAMP DIRECTOR.’  No phone calls, please.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (Part-Time Year Round)

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks a part-time Communications Manager to join our team and help advance our mission of connecting people to the natural world.  PFEEC is dedicated to providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities for all ages through a variety of programs offered year-round.  The Communications Manager will enhance public awareness of PFEEC’s programs and initiatives, providing clear and consistent targeted messaging that facilitates communication with members, donors, volunteers and supporters on an ongoing basis and builds upon PFEEC’s reputation as a leader in experiential education.

Primary responsibilities of the position are as follows:

  • Assists in the development and implementation of marketing and public relations strategies designed to build appreciation and support for PFEEC’s initiatives, programs, services and activities.
  • Identifies and evaluates target markets for all PFEEC programs and establishes a comprehensive communications and marketing plan to grow and sustain Prescott Farm’s various programs.
  • Collaborates with Advertising and Events Manager to develop, update and maintain marketing & events budgets, establishing consistent messaging, and designing marketing and communications materials.
  • Establishes and maintains procedures and formats for marketing and public relations materials and activities, continuously drawing from best practices to market PFEEC’s initiatives, programs, services and activities.
  • Assists with research, design and implementation of a fundraising and development plan.
  • Collaborates with all staff to implement existing strategic plan.
  • Coordinates public relations activities to increase the visibility of PFEEC maintaining good public relations with local media contacts, constituents, and community leaders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will possess the following education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Journalism or related field.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in communications, marketing, and/or public relations with experience working as part of a development team in the nonprofit sector preferred.
  • Proficient in all MS Office Products Word, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and assignments, maintain a positive attitude, and produce professional results under deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience producing quality marketing and PR communications and using websites and social media for communications
  • Possession of valid state driver’s license.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Knowledge of or interest in nature, gardening, farming, outdoor recreation, natural history, or science preferred.

Wage:  TBD
Reports to:  Executive Director
To Apply:  Please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 references via e-mail to: Jude Hamel, Executive Director at [email protected].  No phone calls, please.

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EXTENDED CARE PROVIDER (Part-Time, School Year)

Summary: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks an Extended Care Provider weekday afternoons from 2:30pm to 5:30pm to provide after-care for children ages 4 and 5 who attend Fledglings Nature-based preschool program.

Prescott Farm’s Educational philosophy inspires life-long connections with nature through creative lessons and exposure to the natural learning environment.  The Extended Care Provider will support whole child development through play, exploration, and developmentally appropriate instruction while respecting individual children’s needs.

Fledglings, our Nature-Based Preschool Program, is part of Prescott Farm, a non-profit, environmental education center located on White Oaks Road in Laconia, N.H.  Fledglings offers an integrated Nature-Based Curriculum for 3-5 year olds.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide Nature-Based activities to engage the interests of children attending the extended day program.
  • Supervise and clean-up after a mid-afternoon snack time.
  • Communicate openly with parents/guardians at pick up, conveying any details deemed necessary by the preschool teachers.
  • Assure compliance with NH state licensing laws as they pertain to the Fledglings’ Preschool Program.
  • Communicate openly with Preschool Director and Preschool Teacher regarding student behavioral issues.
  • Fulfill all legal and professional obligations as mandated by state licensing laws and/or Prescott Farm Policies.
  • Respect and comply with Fledglings’ Rules and Policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Extended Care Provider Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be certified/ trained in CPR or be willing to do so
  • Meet ONE of the following requirements:
    • A minimum of 9 early childhood credits, including at least one 3 credit course in child growth and development, from a regionally accredited college

OR

  • A Minimum of 1500 hours of supervised child care experience in a licensed child care program or public or private elementary               school; and
    • A written plan for completion of at least 6 additional early childhood education credits from a regionally accredited college or university; and
    • Within 12 months of the date the individual begins working as an associate teacher, documentation of 9 early childhood credits, including at least one 3 credit course in child growth and development from a regionally accredited college

OR

  • A Minimum of 1000 hours supervised child care experience in a licensed child care program and documentation of successful completion of a 2 year vocational child care course.

OR

  • An Associates degree in early childhood education.
  • Have an active interest and passion for nature, natural history, gardening, or other nature-based activities and a commitment to integrating a developmentally appropriate learning environment with nature as the main focus.

AND

  • Demonstrate excellent verbal skills.
  • Be able to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Have strong organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Be able to perform tasks requiring physical exertion indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, and on varied terrain while supervising young children.
  • Be able to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, pull, push, sit without back support, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally and 10-35 pounds frequently.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 references via e-mail to:  Jayne Hastings, Preschool Director at [email protected].  No phone calls please.


NATURE-BASED PRESCHOOL SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Summary: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks on-call Substitute Teachers for its nature-based preschool program for children ages 3-5.

Prescott Farm’s educational philosophy inspires life-long connections with nature through creative lessons and exposure to the natural learning environment.  Substitute Teachers will support whole child development through play and exploration while delivering sound, developmentally appropriate instruction to inspire and nurture the young learners, while respecting individual children’s needs.

Program Description: Fledglings, our Nature-Based Preschool Program, is part of Prescott Farm, a non-profit environmental education center located on White Oaks Road in Laconia, NH.  Fledglings offers an integrated Nature-Based Curriculum for 3-5 year olds with an option of attending 2, 3, or 5 days a week. The majority of the students’ days are spent outside in all weather.

Responsiblities:

  • Upon arrival, review Substitute Folder which gives the daily schedule, routines, basic expectations and specific lesson plans left by the teacher who is absent. In addition to sub plans, there will also be materials needed for the specific lesson outline.
  • Sign in and out on the required licensing attendance sheet.
  • Arrive prepared for outside lessons and have appropriate clothing for all types of weather during all seasons.
  • Attend training to become familiar with basic classroom rules and routines, state licensing law as it pertains to teacher responsibilities, Prescott Farm rules and regulations, emergency and safety procedures.
  • Be part of the team. Other team members will support and inform the substitute throughout the day as needed when questions arise.

Education and Experience:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Prior experience/training in early childhood education
  • High School diploma
  • Be certified/ trained in CPR or be willing to do so
  • Must pass a criminal background check

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 references via e-mail to: Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Education Director at [email protected].  No phone calls, please.


FIELD TEACHERS (Part-time)

Summary: Field teachers at Prescott Farm will lead small groups of students from area schools in hands-on discovery of ecological concepts and occasionally lead or co-lead non-school group programs. Field teachers encourage program participants’ awareness of, and sense of connection to, the natural world, as well as foster a sense of wonder and a sense of place.


Responsibilities:

  • Attend field teacher training classes (2 day initial training and occasional professional development)
  • Observe/shadow experienced environmental educators leading programs
  • Lead groups of 10-20 students
  • Guide student investigation through hands-on activities
  • Assist staff in organization of program materials
  • Convey Prescott Farm’s mission through our educational programs
  • Participate in planning and/or organizational meetings as needed

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Teaching experience/or experience working with children
  • Basic natural history science background, local natural history a plus
  • Interest in natural history and environmental education
  • Enthusiasm & creativity
  • Must be responsible and prompt
  • Successful completion of Field Teacher training
  • Flexible schedule is a must (we need staff for both weekday and weekend programs)
  • Must pass a background check

Status: Part-time, on an as-needed basis
Compensation: Hourly, TBD based on experience

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest and your resume via e-mail to Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Education Director, [email protected]

 

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