Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock Ridge. The site abuts the 1800 acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests. Common Ground’s urban farm produces organically grown food for our programs and our community. Common Ground’s Charter High School serves 225 students with a focus on authentic, relevant learning experiences and environmental and social justice. Our Environmental Education programs serve over 10,000 community members annually who participate in festivals, field trips, after-school programs, summer camps, and other educational opportunities on our campus and in the greater New Haven community. For more information visit www.commongroundct.org.
Seeking creative, kid loving outdoor educators to join us in using adventure, imagination, and inquiry to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders!
Our campus is full of opportunities for learning! Our FARM features a children’s garden, production fields, greenhouses, farm animals, and honeybees. Our FOREST includes trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats. Our CAMPUS opportunities include a wetland full of wildlife and a winter maple sugaring operation as well as PLAY SPACES including mud kitchens, fort building, large and small loose parts play, slides, cabins for gathering and for camping, campfire meeting circles, an indoor teaching kitchen and classroom, and a children’s woodshop.
Our programs for children and families serve all ages. Drop-off programs include ages 4 – 14, with ages 5 – 9 representing our largest age group. Inclusive community is core to our values and our students and families are diverse in many ways.
Our environmental educator team is about 10 full time and 20 part time staff during the school year, growing to 80+ for seasonal summer programs. Our team’s professional backgrounds include a variety of formal and informal education and youth development work, plus a shared love for and knowledge of nature and outdoor skills. Our team represents many personal identities and life experiences and we value having a team that reflects our belief that nature is for everyone.
We count on our full time Environmental Educators to be the stable core of our work – the knowledge holders, mentors, and leaders who form relationships with families, children, and our place over time. This is not a seasonal outdoor education job! Our ideal applicant is seeking connection and community and is looking for a role they can stay in for at least two years. Many of our team have been with us for 5 – 10 years!
During the school year this position is primarily assigned to teaching in the NatureYear program. NatureYear connects small groups of children (ages 5 – 13) with weekly full day outdoor learning from Sept – June. NatureYear teachers offer lessons and experiences that follow 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 opportunities for adventure and imagination based play. NatureYear is conducted almost entirely outdoors in all weather, with indoor spaces typically used only in severe weather.
From mid-June through mid-August this position works in a teaching or administrative position with summer camp.
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