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Preschool Programs Director

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and preservation. We provide year-round environmental education programs for all ages and a place in the Lakes Region community that encourages curiosity, discovery, fun and connection to the natural world.

Founded in 1997, Prescott Farm has helped awaken appreciation for nature and concern for the environment in thousands of program participants. We offer a wide range of programs designed to preserve and pass down knowledge and skills that encourage an understanding of the natural systems that sustain us all and respect for the environment.

During the summer and school vacation weeks, our environmentally-themed WildQuest Camps have offered children ages 4-14 the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow in nature since 1997.

Since 2015 our nature-based preschool, Fledglings Preschool at Prescott Farm, has offered children ages 3 to 5 the educational foundation they need to succeed in school while awakening in each child a natural curiosity and respect for nature which is at the core of every preschool lesson.

Our Naturalist in the Classroom program supports teachers in local schools to provide place-based, hands-on lessons that incorporate the natural world to satisfy curriculum requirements and help keep children engaged and excited about learning throughout the school year.

Prescott Farm is also an ideal destination for school field trips from around New Hampshire, with innovative topics and programs available year-round, from winter animal tracking to Maple Sugaring in March to our magnificent trees and more!

Prescott Farm –exploring and preserving the natural world, one adventure at a time.

Visit us at: www.prescottfarm.org


Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks a full-time Preschool Programs Director to join our team and lead nature-based educational programming for the youngest learners in our community, ages 2 ½ to 5-years old.

Prescott Farm’s Educational philosophy inspires life-long connections with nature through creative lessons and exposure to the natural learning environment for participants at every age and stage of life.  The Director of Preschool Programs will support whole child development through nature-based play and exploration while developing and implementing early childhood programs that feature sound, developmentally appropriate instruction and inspire and nurture young learners while preparing them for future educational success.

Program Description:

Prescott Farm currently offers three programs designed to engage young children in hands-on, nature-based learning:

  • Fledglings Preschool, Prescott Farm’s signature nature-based preschool program, offers an integrated nature-based curriculum for 3-5 year-olds with an option of attending 2, 3, or 5 days a week throughout the school year. Although a warm and inviting preschool classroom is available, the majority of the students’ days are spent outside in all weather.
  • PreK Pioneers is part of our WildQuest summer day-camp program, designed to offer the very first camp experiences for children ages 4 and 5 years-old.  Over the course of nine themed one-week sessions, PreK Pioneers make friends, experience their own opening and closing circles and camp games, explore in the great outdoors, create nature-inspired art, and learn about the world around them at an age appropriate pace.
  • Additional programming for preschool aged children not enrolled in Fledglings is available through Polliwogs, a weekly program series that invites children ages 2 ½ to 5 years-old and their favorite adult to explore seasonal topics through stories, play and crafts. 
Requirements:

Applicants Must:

  • Have an active interest and passion for nature, ecology, gardening, farming, and/or other areas related to the natural world and a commitment to integrating a developmentally appropriate learning environment with nature as the main focus. Experience teaching in an outdoor or environmental education program preferred.
  • Have a minimum of 1500 hours of experience working with children in a licensed child care program or in a public or private elementary school
  • Have (or plan to have by September 1, 2021) documentation of successful completion of at least 3 credits in child development, and 3 credits in management and supervision, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, or a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a supervisory or management position in lieu of the 3 credits in management and supervision
  • Meet at least one of the following prescribed educational requirements for state licensing
    1. Have a bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university; Master’s Degree preferred.
    2. Have documentation of 60 credits, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, of which at least 24 shall be in child development, early childhood, or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children, including at least 3 credits in each of the following core knowledge areas:
      •  Children with special needs
      • Child growth and development
      • Curriculum for early childhood education
    3. Have a minimum of 1500 hours of experience working with children in a licensed child care program or in a public or private elementary school; and Certification in a teacher preparation program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) in infant and toddler or early childhood, which satisfies the 3 credits in child development required above, together with 60 credits awarded by a regionally accredited college or university
  • Be certified / trained in CPR or be willing to become certified
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Exhibit strong organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Be able to perform tasks requiring physical exertion indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, and on varied terrain while supervising young children.
  • Be able to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, pull, push, sit without back support, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally and 10-35 pounds frequently.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in early childhood education including teaching, lesson planning, and curriculum development and enthusiasm for connecting young learners to the natural world through hands-on learning.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide Leadership in early childhood education for all early childhood programs
  • Manage Staff
  • Establish and promote the educational philosophy of Prescott Farm
  • Communicate with parents and caregivers on an ongoing and regular basis
  • Facilitate parent/caregiver involvement in collaboration with Prescott Farm’s volunteer coordinator
  • Provide program administration including:
    • Preparing and being accountable to the annual program budget
    • Collaboration with staff on communications, scholarship distribution, open-houses, and community engagement related to preschool programs
    • Fulfilling all legal and professional obligations as mandated by state licensing laws and/or Prescott Farm Policies
    • Updating and revising program descriptions and the Fledglings parent handbook annually
    • Coordinating open houses for prospective Fledglings families
How to Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 references via e-mail to: Jude Hamel, Executive Director at jhamel@prescottfarm.org.  No phone calls, please.

Salary Range:

$37,000 - $42,000 DOE

Job Location:

Laconia

Date Added: April 20, 2021

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