Members of Common Ground’s staff and faculty work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Common Ground is seeking an experienced, creative professional who can work with teachers, school leaders, students, families, and community partners to strengthen our curriculum and classroom teaching — ensuring it is driven by standards, rooted in our local community and unique site, culturally relevant and inclusive, contributing to social justice, and pushing students towards both environmental leadership and college success. Read the job description and apply.

Current Openings
Environmental Educator (Part-Time)

Common Ground Environmental Educators plan and teach farm and forest based programs for students in grades K – 8.  Some training is provided, however staff should be prepared to develop and lead many of their own activities.  Examples of typical activities include: interpretive nature hikes, farm animal care, gardening and cooking projects, natural or recycled art, games that teach ecological concepts, etc.

Teachers are responsible for planning and running activities, coordinating with other staff, behavior management, daily prep and clean-up, and any other tasks necessary to run a fun, safe youth program. Read the job description and apply.

Forest School Teacher for our NatureYear program (Full-Time)

From September through mid-June this position is dedicated to teaching in the NatureYear program four days per week. NatureYear connects a small group of children (ages 5 – 13) with a 10 month long intensive experience in nature. NatureYear teachers use an emergent curriculum that follows the seasons and the interests of the children. Teachers provide content based learning about science, nature, and the environment as well as facilitate and create opportunity for adventure based play.

For the 2017 – 2018 program year, we are specifically seeking a NatureYear teacher with significant professional experience with 5 – 7 year old children. This position will serve as the head teacher for a group of eight 5 – 6 year old children two or three days per week, and will work with the mixed age group of eighteen 5 – 13 year olds on other program days . The ideal applicant has significant experience in leading a program or a classroom of preschool and/or Kindergarten aged children in both play based and learning activities. Read the job description and apply.

Forest School Teachers & Teachers Assistants (Part-Time)

This position is dedicated to teaching in the NatureYear program one, two, or three days per week from September through mid-June. NatureYear connects a small group of children (ages 5 – 13) with a 10 month long intensive experience in nature. NatureYear teachers use an emergent curriculum that follows the seasons and the interests of the children. Teachers provide content based learning about science, nature, and the environment as well as facilitate and create opportunity for adventure based play. NatureYear is conducted almost entirely outdoors in all weather, with indoor spaces available only in severe weather.

This position requires exceptional behavior management skills, excellent judgement, adaptability, flexibility, and the ability to make sound decisions on-the-spot. This position also includes regular verbal and written communication with the parents of enrolled children. Assistant Teachers work as a floater, helping program Teachers will all aspects of the program as described. Read the job description and apply.

High School English Teacher

Common Ground High School — the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful community and environmental leaders — is seeking one passionate, creative, and certified English teacher. This teacher will serve as a long-term substitute in the fall of 2017 teaching 10th and 11th grade English classes. Read the job description and apply.

Schoolyards Program Coordinator (Part-Time)

The Schoolyards Program Coordinator primarily supports the professional development, outreach and evaluation components of the Schoolyards Program at Common Ground. The Schoolyards Program Coordinator plans and leads workshops and training sessions with adults and co-teaching sessions with students onsite and in schools related to school gardens and outdoor classrooms. The Program Coordinator manages the website and communications for the program. Read the job description and apply.

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EEO/Non-Discrimination Policy

Common Ground High School is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. Common Ground High School does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, disability (including, but not limited to, mental retardation, past or present history of mental disability, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. Common Ground High School does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, it is the policy of the New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. and Common Ground High School not to discriminate against protected qualified applicants and employees with disabilities in all aspect of employment.

Inquiries regarding Common Ground High School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

Betsy Sneath
Director of Business and Administration
Common Ground – High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center
358 Springside Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
T 203-389-4333 x1211
F 203-389-5478
bsneath@commongroundct.org
www.commongroundct.org