Teacher - Balarat Outdoor Education


Balarat Outdoor Education


Denver, CO


Program Overview Balarat Outdoor Education is a part of Denver Public Schools and offers a range of programs that provide a balance of hands-on science activities, living history units, field-based exploration, and adventure programming. We operate throughout the school year, offering two and three-day student residential programs, in addition to day trips. Balarat excursions have become an integral part of the Denver Public Schools’ curriculum. Balarat serves over 430 classes, or approximately 10,000 students, each year and has been part of Denver Public Schools since 1969. Job Summary The Balarat Teacher is part of a collaborative team which works together to meet program objectives, including instruction, and provide students with positive outcomes and a welcoming experience. Working with Denver Public Schools 3rd and 5th graders as well as high school students, they are responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and facilitating a wide variety of program activities. The position involves working with a classroom teacher to lead 5th grade students on overnight environmental education excursions at the Balarat Outdoor Education Center near Boulder, CO, as well as working with 3rd grade students and their teachers at Genesee Mountain Park to the West of Denver. General Responsibilities:  Manage groups of up to 35 elementary students in an outdoor setting Cultural competency working with urban and/or diverse populations Collaborate with other Balarat educators in evaluating programs and developing activities Enthusiasm in and knowledge about the outdoors Give and receive feedback Walk an average of six miles a day Willing and prepared to work outdoors in extreme weather Work continuous periods of 2 to 3 days at the facility on a weekly basis and supervise students overnight Travel to district schools to present to students, teachers, and parents outside of normal school hours Create lesson activity schedules for staff to utilize during programming Act as the program leader for on-site programming during residential programs, assisting other staff, teachers, and students in decision-making and incident management as needed Act as a curriculum leader for on-site activities, serving to manage activity materials, updating activities and facilitating staff training You are a strong fit for this role if you have: A Teaching License Curriculum design experience Wilderness First Responder Certification Ability to lift and carry at least 20 pounds Experience in facilitation (briefing, debriefing) Exceptional interpersonal skills Ability to work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people Ability to take initiative and produce results Dedicated and committed to the mission of  Balarat and Denver Public Schools Up-to-date computer skills and an understanding of how to utilize Google Drive Understanding of the myriad relationships youth may have with the outdoors and outdoor program based on class, race, gender, etc. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Balarat is dedicated to strategically attracting, growing, amplifying and engaging high quality team members, with a specific focus on breaking historical patterns of inequity, to ensure every single one of our students thrives. For salary range, see DCTA Teacher Salary Schedule at: http://careers.dpsk12.org/teachercomp/compensation-your-first-year/