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South Shore Natural Science Center

South Shore YMCA

Norwell , Massachusetts (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2841536
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted: April 29, 2018
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Immediate Opening for a Pre-School Teacher at the South Shore Natural Science Center! A unique NATURE Based Pre-School for Ages 2.9-5 years old!

Our Nature Center Preschool supports young children’s investigations and ignites their passion for learning. By highlighting the interconnectedness of humans with the natural world, we provide a foundation of stewardship, inquiry, and innovative thinking. Naturalists from the South Shore Natural Science Center visit the preschool regularly to provide enrichment activities. Children will actively explore the Center’s diverse habitats on frequent trail walks, as well as visits to meadows, fields, and woods. Indoor activities include visiting live animals, experiencing the assorted collections of the Center and exploring different parts of the building, including the EcoZone exhibit area and Coes greenhouse. Nature related craft projects and nature inspired songs, games and stories will be part of your child’s day. We are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Nature Center Preschool has two beautiful classrooms offering more South Shore families an opportunity to experience our unique program for Preschoolers!

About The South Shore Natural Science Center:
The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore. Our mission is to provide natural science experiences that educate, excite, and commit every generation to preserve the environment and to encourage responsible use, stewardship and enjoyment of our natural resources.

The South Shore Natural Science Center is located on 30 acres surrounded by 200 acres of town conservation/recreation land consisting of meadows, woodland, and a pond. We welcome visitors year round. Please no smoking or pets on the property. Voted one of Massachusetts’ 1000 Great Places to Visit by Mass Office of Travel and Tourism!

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This position is responsible for the planning, execution and overall operation of a high quality Early Learning classroom which will include promoting the South Shore Natural Science Center (SSNSC) mission, YMCA core values, encouraging life-long learning, and instilling respect for the natural environment. Nature Center Preschool at SSNSC is dedicated to awakening an interest in the outdoors and engaging children in learning through exploration and observation of the outdoors through its program. This position is expected to incorporate outdoor learning and activities in the curriculum. Candidates must be reliable, self-motivated, creative team players with strong organizational skills and an attention to detail. Interest in local natural history and the outdoor environment is important for imparting enthusiasm of the outdoor environment to children. This position is responsible for providing community leadership for family and child development and leadership collaborations. The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate high quality member service to both internal and external program participants, families, members, and volunteers to ensure member involvement, service and retention.

  • Position Type: Part-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category: Classroom Teacher > Preschool
  • Welcome to South Shore Natural Science Center!

    The South Shore YMCA and the South Shore Natural Science Center (SSNSC) were pleased to announce our merger effective September 1, 2011. In in operation for fifty years, SSNSC has a mission of providing environmental education and fostering an appreciation of the natural world. The branch includes a day camp, pre-school, an eco-zone exhibit and acres of unspoiled walking trails. Check out the SSNSC website for more news! Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    South Shore YMCA is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

      •Understanding the Growth and Development of Children and Youth
      •Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth
      •Partnering with Families and Communities
      •Health, Safety, and Nutrition
      •Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum
      •Observation, Assessment, and Documentation
      •Program Planning and Development
      •Professionalism and Leadership

      •Completion or in process of attaining an Bachelor’s degree from a community college or university in Early Education or related field is preferred.
      •Knowledge of environmental education techniques and/or an interest in applying these to early childhood education preferred
      •Minimum of teacher qualifications from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
      •Knowledge and experience with the Department of Early Education and Care regulations, QRIS Standards and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
      •The ability to develop positive, effective working relationships with staff, children & families, volunteers, school administrators, members, community leaders and other agencies are critical to this position.
      •Effective teaching skills and the ability to implement methods to address and follow-up with family needs/concerns in a positive and professional way reflecting an attitude that values diversity.
      •Willingness and ability to teach lessons outdoors and encourage child curiosity, exploration and observation related to the environment.

      •While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: climb stairs, walk nature trails, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for an extended period of time, walk, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity.
      •Activities that may be required as part of the job are climbing, running, and other outdoor activities.
      •Willing to work outdoors for extended periods of time, in varying terrain and weather conditions.

      References will be requested and required to be submitted to the SSYMCA outside this job application (during the interview to hire process.)

      Should you have any questions, please contact Diane Thureson ( ) at 781-659-2559 ext 216.
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

    Application Questions

    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information

    • Diane Thureson, Director, Early Learning Center
    • 48 Jacobs Lane
    • Norwell, Massachusetts 02061

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