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Mindy Brown

P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
US

302-413-5078

Education & Preschool Coordinator – Coverdale

Opportunity Type: Full-time, Exempt

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Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Job Description

The Education and Preschool Coordinator will play an important role in educating and engaging the public through 4 focus areas: Weekends family activities, which includes special “holiday month events” at Coverdale Farm Preserve; Summer Camps; Preschool Programs; and Public Programing/events throughout the organization.

The Education and Preschool Coordinator will be responsible for creating, planning, scheduling, and delivering enriching and engaging opportunities in the above categories for all audiences, while incorporating our core values of Respect, Stewardship, Collaboration, Inclusion, and Integrity. This position works in collaboration with educators, marketing, farm staff, summer camp instructors, and other staff as assigned for events. Training and resources will be provided to gain knowledge in regional environmental science and farm topics.

The Education and Preschool Coordinator reports to: Program Manager at Coverdale Farm Preserve

Responsibilities

  • Develops, coordinates, implements, and teaches weekend programs/events, while following safety protocols for farm-based education and engagement for children, adults, families, and groups.
  • Oversees weekend program operation, which includes but not limited to set-up, clean-up, staffing, and reporting.
  • Develops, coordinates, implements, and teaches year-round preschool programs for all New Castle County, Delaware sites. Oversee the management of preschool program operation, which includes but not limited to program development, set-up, clean-up, staffing, and administrative tasks.
  • Assists the Program Manager and the summer camp team, at Coverdale Farm Preserve, with various aspects of summer camp programming and training, – including development, coordination, support, preparation, delivery/teaching as needed.
  • Coordinates, staffs and communicates with potential program participants to schedule hayrides and birthday parties for all NCC sites.
  • Works with and supports marketing efforts to promote site and educational opportunities.
  • Assists and supports with administrative duties, as needed.
  • Participates in Education Department activities as needed and required, such as monthly meetings.
  • Assists and supports special projects, and events, at New Castle County sites, as needed
  • Promotes and supports DelNature’s mission, values, goals, activities, and membership to a wide array of program audiences.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to and passion for the mission of Delaware Nature Society
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ)
  • Experience creating, developing, and delivering farm/nature -based educational programming for groups of children, adults, and families. Teaching experience and/or working with preschool-aged children is preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to actively engage positively and professionally while interacting and building relationships with the public and program participants.
  • Excellent communication skills with ease and ability to talk to individuals of all ages.
  • Natural sciences and Regenerative agriculture knowledge, or experience preferred, but not required.
  • Comfortable working around farm animals
  • Degree (or pursuing a degree) in an education field – such as early childhood education, elementary education preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work outside for significant lengths of time in all safe weather conditions.
  • Must possess the following traits and skills: Flexibility, dependability, critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills, ability to work as part of a team.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • 21 years of age or older

Salary and Benefits

Starting Salary: $42,000 Benefits: health care, dental and retirement plans; vacation, holiday and sick time.

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