Nature Preschool Summer Camp Assistant Teacher


Thorne Nature Experience


Boulder, CO


Job Title: Preschool Summer Camp Assistant Teacher Reports to: Preschool Director Job Status: Seasonal Part-Time (28 hours per week) Start Date: Training – Two days during week of May 16-21, 2022 (exact dates TBD) Camp runs June 13-August 5, 2022  Salary: $15 per hour  Location: East Boulder Community Center, Boulder, Colorado  To apply: Fill out an online application at:   Questions regarding the position can be directed to Preschool Director, Lorene Wapotich, at No phone calls please.    Thorne Nature Preschool Mission:  To support the holistic development of young children and their relationship to the natural world through joyful, hands-on, place-based, developmentally appropriate experiences that nurture the whole child and foster an emotional connection to nature. Learn more at:  Job Purpose: The Preschool Summer Camp Assistant Teacher supports the well-being of the children in the preschool program through daily mentorship and program support.      Principal Responsibilities:   Support the Lead Teachers in the daily operations and supervision of children in the preschool program (9am-1pm), 5 days per week (M-F)  Supervise children in the early care program, 8:30am-9:00am, 5 days per week (M-F)  Assist in set-up and clean-up of the program supplies, equipment, and facilities  Assist Preschool Team with the development and implementation of daily practices and routines, as well as seasonal, place-based, emergent curriculum that promotes early childhood development and deep nature connection  Ensure the indoor and outdoor learning environments are in good condition to support safe, engaging, rich in experience, and positive child development  Attend weekly Preschool Team meetings and occasional family events on weekends or evenings  Desired Skills and Abilities:   Knowledge of and desire to learn about early childhood development, nature, and Colorado ecology  Ability to support excellent place-based, child-centered, emergent curriculum  Excellent communication skills with parents, staff, and children  Strong decision-making skills to respond to risk management issues, emergencies, or difficult situations  Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally  Desired Behavioral Traits and Attitudes: Team player, fun, outgoing, passionate, organized, creative, patient, empathetic, resourceful, critical thinker, results-oriented, and self-motivated. Passionate about Thorne’s mission and environmentally concerned and aware.  Compensation and Perks:   Compensation is $15.00/hour  Professional development, training, and skills share opportunities  Summer Camp staff receive deals on gear and discounts with several Thorne partners including a local yoga studio and rock-climbing gym for the year following their summer of employment  Minimum Qualifications:   Must be 18 years or older  Able to be a positive, supportive, caring adult role model for young children  Comfortable working outdoors and able to take care of self in all weather conditions (including rain, wind, and hot sunny days)  Previous experience working with preschool aged children preferred    Required Trainings & Paperwork:   Mandatory Thorne Summer Camp Staff training two days during the week of May 16-21, 2022; exact dates and times TBD   CPR, First Aid, Standard Precautions certified prior to the start of camp  Thorne holds trainings, but does not pay for the time or cost of these certifications   Complete all required trainings, forms and submit all required information needed by Thorne to be in compliance with Colorado Department of Human Services Child Care licensing standards, including background check and fingerprints.   Thorne helps and pays for this process  Working Conditions: This position requires the ability to work outside in various weather conditions. The employee is frequently required to walk, stand, and sit for extended periods of time. This employee will occasionally climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.  Inclusiveness Statement: Thorne believes that, to remain relevant as an organization and ensure access to joyful, hands-on, place-based Environmental Education experiences for all youth, its programs, leadership, and participants must reflect the range of diversity, culture, and unique differences in our community.     Equitable Recruiting Policy Statement: Our goal is to increase diversity amongst our staff at Thorne. We do so by providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected characteristic. It is the policy at Thorne to attempt to reach diverse pools of applicants throughout the hiring process by following the Equitable Recruiting Procedure.     Thorne Mission and History: Thorne Nature Experience is a non-profit organization committed to building Earth stewardship by connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences. Founded in 1954, Thorne has a rich history and has reached more than 250,000 children and adults through its Summer Camps, Preschool, In-School Programs, and Field Trip Programs.