Full-time Outdoor Educator Position
We are seeking someone with a deep love of nature and of children, who is passionate about providing careful, thoughtful, place-oriented outdoor experiences, with a sensitivity to the profound potential that exists when young people encounter natural places. You can be of any age and any gender but must have an open heart and mind. You’ll also be committed to creating a culture of care in relation to self, community and the Earth. We are looking for someone who lives lightly and thinks deeply, who is humble, compassionate, thoughtful and open. We need someone who is comfortable as a role model nourishing the heads, hearts and minds of the children we teach. We regard the differences that children bring to our program and school as an honour, and an invitation for inclusion. Our program is flexible and responsive at its core and only makes sense if it adapts to include all the children in each class and their unique needs. Ours is an extensive, well-established place-oriented program, provided to children as a cohesive sequence of trips from Class Three through to Class Eleven. We utilise a variety of activities (including bushwalking, canoeing, surfing, rock climbing and cycling) to engage deeply with a wide variety of different places through a mobile program.
Do you have a deep regard for inner and outer knowing? Do you see education as being about change? We’re not very interested in your climbing ability, but we want to know whether you understand the power of climbing as a means of discovering self and place. Can you walk in Nature without a destination, attentive to possibility as it arises? Can you support Nature as the teacher? Your surfing ability isn’t important either, but we want you to know of the power, beauty and majesty of the ocean and to relish sharing that with children. Do you remember falling in love with nature, with her gentle wisdom and power, and do you yearn to help others find the joy in a life connected to Nature? Do you listen to her quiet voices? Do you make time for sunrises and sunsets? Do you run to the top of hills to welcome storms? Do you feel at home enough in nature to help others feel the same?We’re not fussed about what gear you’ve got, but we hope that you’re keen to help kids to make their own gear and that you understand the joy of using a paddle that you’ve made or riding a surfboard that you shaped. We are seeking someone who is willing to walk barefoot upon the Earth alongside children. We don’t promise outcomes for the students -instead we plan for and search endlessly for emergent possibilities and extraordinary experiences in nature, often laughing at ourselves along the way. We strive to teach children to ask questions that lead to further questions and to value experience for its role in understanding.
We are seeking applications from outdoor educators who are qualified teachers for a full-time position, on a one-year contract, in an ongoing position. The position will commence at or before the start of 2020 depending on the successful applicant. The position entails approximately 120 days in the bush over four terms, as well as some organisational and administrative work back at school. The program is provided for children from early primary to late secondary school.
This position offers the opportunity to work as part of a wonderful staff group, where all staff work as equals in a collegiate system, where decisions are made by consensus. Imagine taking the same children year after year on a sequence of trips totaling over 90 days over nine years. The successful applicant will work as part of a close team with two other outdoor educators, providing experiences of between three and sixteen days duration, entirely tent-based throughout the school terms. The successful applicant will be a qualified teacher, registered to teach in Victoria and be a qualified outdoor educator with significant leadership experience and relevant outdoor and first-aid qualifications. An interest in Steiner education would be desirable.
If you’d like to apply for the position, tell us about what you’ve done, what you know, what you care about and what you think about the position we’ve described. We’d love to know why you became a teacher, what you plan to change in the world and some of your hopes and dreams for your teaching. It’s really hard to tell your story in words, but have a go and we’ll get you to come and speak to us if you’ve got what we’re looking for.
Where: The School is in Warranwood in Outer Eastern Melbourne with trips throughout Victoria and Southern New South Wales
Workload: Full-time teaching position of approximately 120 days away, throughout four terms as well as responsibilities at school in support of the program.
Closing Date for applications: 13th September 2019
Outdoor Education Coordinator
Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School
213 Wonga Road
Warranwood, Victoria 3134
Phone: 03 9876 2633
Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School (MRSS) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be a primary focus of our care and decision making. MRSS has zero tolerance for child abuse. MRSS is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability. Every person involved in MRSS has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.