Common Ground High School is seeking applicants for a part time position (up to 20 hours per week, with some flexibility based on the schedule of the ideal candidate) focused on building connections between our high school and environmental education programs, and facilitating experiences where high school students build their capacity and confidence as environmental educators.
This is an immediate opening (ideally starting March 23 or before), available because the staff member currently taking on this work is leaving for a full-time, perfect match opportunity at another organization.
Core responsibilities are to:
- Teach Environmental Education in Action, a course that supports high school students in becoming effective and inclusive environmental educators. This course meets Tuesdays 12:47-1:58, Wednesdays 10:22-11:29, and Fridays 1:58-3:05. The curriculum for this course is fully developed, with some room for modification based on the background and passions of the teacher.
- Mentor and oversee three high school student interns working in Common Ground’s NatureYear Program –– coordinating Monday morning observations (on-site presence not required) and meeting with the students to review content Tuesdays 10:22 -11:30.
- Mentor and oversee three high school student interns working and learning in a variety of Common Ground’s environmental education programs for children. Meet with interns Tuesdays from 9:11 to 10:18, and keep in regular communication with the educator with whom students are working on one other day.
- Participate in high school faculty meetings twice per month (Wednesdays 1:30-2:30), monthly meetings with other internship leads, and weekly check-ins with Common Ground’s Director of Impact & Engagement.
All on-site responsibilities can fall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We are open to dividing these core responsibilities with one person teaching Environmental Education in Action and another supervising internships.
The ideal candidate will:
- Have experience teaching and working with high school students — especially racially, economically, and culturally diverse young people living in cities (Connecticut teacher certification preferred but not required).
- Have experience and skill facilitating outdoor learning and environmental education experiences.
- Be available to start on March 23 (or sooner, to meet with the current teacher), and continue through the end of the school year on June 12. We hope to continue and grow this position for the 20-21 school year; we are open to candidates interested in taking on this role in both the short- and long-term.
- Demonstrate commitment to social and environmental justice, building a just and inclusive community grounded in the benefits of nature connection.
This is a part time position, paid at $18 to $23 per hour, based on past teaching experience and certification status.
Send a cover letter/email and resume to Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org.