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LandPaths is Hiring!

LandPaths is Hiring!

 

Job Title:              Bilingual Education Assistant

Classification:     Full-time, Non-Exempt

HOURS:                40 hours per week, Occasional Weekend and Evening Hours Required

SALARY:             $14-$16 Per Hour; Competitive Benefits Package

Reports To:           In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY) Education Manager

 

Position Summary:

LandPaths is seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and creative individual who excels in a fast- paced, creative working environment and loves the outdoors. The Bilingual Education Assistant will assist in day-to-day operations of LandPaths’ elementary school-based environmental education program, In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY), LandPaths summer Owl Camp for kids 5 to 12 years old, and other LandPaths’ education and field programs as available.  The ideal candidate has a passion for: the outdoors, sharing your passion with others, working in a team setting and community building. 

 

Job Duties:

 

IOOBY (60%)

  • Serve as an instructor for IOOBY in the field and in the classroom
  • Work alongside the education team to coordinate site visit logistics
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a beginning-of-year partner orientation
  • Assist in the development and implementation of an end-of-year celebration for all participating IOOBY partners

 

OWL CAMP (20%)

  • Serve as Assistant Leader with LandPaths’ Owl Camp
  • Assist in planning curriculum, crafts, and activities appropriate to different age levels at Camp
  • Provide camp-related administrative support as needed (outreach, registration and other logistics)
  • Serve as overnight staff at camp as needed (two nights per summer)

 

GENERAL (20%)

  • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers
  • Process volunteer communications, track volunteer hours, and other data entry
  • Maintain and coordinate field gear
  • Assist in curriculum development as needed
  • Assist with photo uploads to server and website
  • Assist with outreach to support inclusive and relevant outdoor programs
  • Maintain program information and opportunities on LandPaths’ website
  • Assist field programs, school-based, youth, and community outings and volunteer stewardship programs as available

 

Education & Skills:

  • Junior College or College degree in environmental studies/ecology/education or related field
  • Bilingual English & Spanish
  • Knowledge of natural and cultural history
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working in a field-based setting
  • Ability to communicate to a variety of ages/cultural backgrounds
  • Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs and hike for long distances on uneven terrain
  • Desire for a team-centered work environment with LandPaths’ staff and volunteers
  • Ability to manage multiple and shifting variables (weather, timing, schedule changes, uneven terrain)
  • Strong communication and organizational skills, including computer proficiency
  • Capacity to pull together above skills while maintaining a sense of humor.
  • Interest in, and enthusiasm for, LandPaths’ mission   

 

TO APPLY:

Send a BRIEF AND SPECIFIC cover letter and resume, by Thursday July 30, 2015 to HR at hr@landpaths.org 

Posted at 11:40

Announcing LandPaths' Owl Camp Tee-shirt Contest 2015 Winner!


LandPaths' Owl Camp is delighted to announce our Owl Camp Tee Shirt Contest 2015 winner and runners up! This was a very difficult decision that took much longer than anticipated.  Our deepest thanks to all the youth artists who participated.  And thanks also to all who cast a vote!

Grand Winner:  
Ana Camacho


 

 

Second Place:  Olyana Foege

Runners Up:

Nathalie Reynosa:

Nathalie Reynosa , Age 13

 

 


Jack Mattson:

Jack Mattson 3

 



Jessica Cooper:


 

Jessica Cooper , Age 111

Posted at 13:08

A Very Special Day on the River

A Very Special Day on the River

"It was an exciting day though I was a little nervous at the beginning because many of the people had never paddled before. By the end of the trip everyone was an expert and they all loved it. I think everyone in the group wants to come back and do it again.  We started out with frowns and worries and ending up with all smiles."  -David Hansen, Trip Leader
LandPaths' Vamos Afuera Program recently teamed up with Friends of the Petaluma River for a day of paddling.  There was a great turnout for the event, with multiple generations represented- even three generations in one boat! It was the first time many in the group had been in a canoe or kayak, yet they successfully maneuvered their way into town and back towards Schoellenberger Park, admiring the land and wildlife protected by our partners in the Open Space District. Many thanks to longtime friends and dear supporters of LandPaths, David Hansen and Alfredo Gomez, for helping to make this event possible.
This outing was guided by LandPaths and Friends of the Petaluma River, and funded by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.  Each year LandPathspartners with the Open Space District to offer nearly 40 outings to the public, free of charge.  Through this partnership, and all of our programs, LandPaths aims to ensure that everyone who lives here in Sonoma County receives a warm and welcoming invitation to get outside.
Posted at 09:45

Su hijo explora nuestro hábitat con IOOBY!

Este año hemos tenido el privilegio de ver a su hijo/hija profundizar su conexión con un paisaje adoptado cerca de donde viven. ¡LandPaths cree que las relaciones fuertes con la tierra conducen a niños saludables, familias saludables, y a comunidades saludables- esto es de lo que IOOBY se trata!

En la cuarta visita a su espacio adoptado, los estudiantes de IOOBY demostraron curiosidad de cómo funciona la naturaleza y sobre todo la voluntad de explorar y aprender sobre sus alrededores. A través de Stewardship, un concepto que exploraron durante una de sus excursiones este año, vimos a los niños comprender la importancia de ciudad y dar gracias a la tierra por todo lo que nos ha proveído.

Estamos honrados de haber sido parte de la educación de su hijo/hija. Esperamos que vean un gran respeto por la naturaleza creciendo dentro de ellos, y que hayan llevado las lecciones de la naturaleza a casa y que permitan que sus experiencias con IOBBY formen una perspectiva única de la vida.

Por favor aprovechen de los otros programas que LandPaths ofrece- en particular nuestros frecuentes paseos familiares de Vamos Afuera y nuestro Campamento del Búho que se lleva a cabo en el verano. 

Muchas gracias y esperamos verlos muy pronto de nuevo por "El Gran Afuera" del Condado de Sonoma.
Bree Bird, Bumble Beth, and Jessica Jelly Fungus

¿Qué es hábitat?
El tema de nuestro último paseo fue hábitat. Exploramos lo que forma el hábitat por medio de canciones, exploración, investigación y divirtiéndonos. Su hijo tal vez experimento el hábitat de un insecto, pregúnteles a sus hijos acerca de sus experiencias; que vieron, aprendieron, les gusto. Aquí hay una idea de actividades que hicimos juntos, asi como algunas preguntas que pueden hacerle comenzar una conversación.

(1) Cantando la canción de Hábitat
Un túnel para una hormiga y cueva para un murciélago, ¿Cuáles fueron las cuatro cosas que forman un hábitat? Como su hijo, las creaturas vivientes necesitan cuatro cosas para sobrevivir; comida, agua, casa y espacio. Usted puede llevar a la casa el concepto de hábitat preguntándole a su hijo como su comida, agua, casa y espacio es comparado con el de otras criaturas vivientes por ejemplo; lombrices, pájaros, o sus hermanos.

(2) Coleccionando y dibujando criaturas del arroyo

En los pasados meses, las lluvias han permitido que sigamos buscando animales e insectos que viven en arroyos y estanques. ¿Favor de preguntarle a su hijo/a que ha atrapado y si ha aprendido más, a través de dibujos detallados?                           

(3) El arte, la escritura, y la reflexion
Nos tomamos el tiempo de mirar al pasado en nuestro ciclo escolar de IOOBY y escribimos cartas. Con colores de agua, Pintamos fotos en el frente de nuestras cartas y describimos nuestra experiencia favorita de la naturaleza. ¿Pregúnteles a sus hijos que pintaron? ¿Cuál fue su experiencia favorita durante el ciclo escolar de IOOBY?

(4) Despedirnos de Nuestro Propio Asiento
Como era la última visita como clase, dijimos adiós a nuestro asiento. Pregúntele a su hijo si le gusto su asiento secreto. ¿Le gustaría regresar? Muchos de los parques que visitamos están abiertos al público y los puede visitar a cualquier hora. Ofrézcale a su hijo el regresar a su asiento secreto. Si su asiento secreto IOOBY no es en un parque público, recuérdele a su hijo que un asiento secreto puede ser creado en cualquier lugar, a cualquier hora. Asientos secretos de IOOBY son creados en nuestros paseos porque creemos que un tiempo solo en la naturaleza nos pueden brindar; tranquilidad, paz en el corazón, y claridad en nuestro camino. Fomente en su hijo el crear un asiento secreto en un parque local, jardín, o lugar especial en la casa.

¿Qué es IOOBY?

En nuestro propio patio por sus siglas en Ingles IOOBY. IOOBY es el programa principal de LandPaths de educación ambiental que tiene como objetivo cultivar un nivel de comodidad, conexión, y aprecio ala naturaleza en los estudiantes involucrados. A través de cuatro excursiones temáticas, esperamos despertar los sentidos en cada uno de los estudiantes para el mundo que les rodea a través del descubrimiento y la exploración, avivar su curiosidad acerca del mundo natural a través de divertidas investigaciones de cuencas y vida natural, Por ultimo, inspirar a respetar y proteger la tierra. 

Elija aquí para obtener más información sobre IOOBY. 

Posted at 13:26

LandPaths is Hiring!

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Job Title:   Owl Camp Assistant, with potential to become year-round, outdoor-education position

Classification: Seasonal, Full-Time, Non-Exempt with potential to become year-round position

Work Hours:  8am- 4pm, M-F, June 15th–Aug 15th (Camp Prep, Camp Implementation & Post-Camp Duties)

Reports To:  Communications & Field Programs Coordinator

Rate of Pay:  $16-$18/hr

 Owl Camp Teepee Mapache

POSITION SUMMARY:

LandPaths seeks an Owl Camp Assistant to help with the facilitation of Owl Camp, a four week long, nature-based day camp open to young people aged 5-13, located at Rancho Mark West in Northeast Santa Rosa. The Assistant will help with general camp planning and preparation, specifically focusing on leading daily activities with younger campers, ages 5-10.

This position has potential to lead to a year-round, outdoor-education position with LandPaths’ In Our Own Backyard program.

Daily activities at Owl Camp may include storytelling, tracking, creek exploration, archery, swimming, music, keeping a nature journal, building things from nature, music, nature games, learning bird calls, hiking, canoeing, exploring redwood & salmon habitat, woodworking, cooking and organic gardening. We are looking to hire an individual who has experience in many of the above activities, as well as the ability to bring some other creative ideas to the table. The ideal candidate will have experience leading youth in outdoor education settings; have a zest for life; be flexible; and is seeking exciting, collaborative work in a beautiful setting.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Work in a collaborative team to plan the vision and direction of Owl Camp
  • Assist in the creation, preparation, organization, and break-down of Owl Camp supplies, materials, etc.
  • Prepare day to day activities (including games, crafts, hikes, orienteering adventures, and more) that are relevant to each week’s theme and appropriate to the age, fitness and interest level of the campers. Themes and dates for each session are as follows:
  • “Ecology Camp”  July 6-10
  • “Native Eyes”  July 12-17
  • “Art as Nature” July 27-31
  • “Homesteading” August 3-7

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Relevant college level work in education, sciences, related fields and or relevant work experience (i.e. camp counselor)
  • Experience leading youth in outdoor environments
  • Experience in program development in environmental education
  • Brings ideas for theme- based crafts, activities, and games
  • Detail oriented, well organized
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Desire for collaborative work environment, while able to work independently

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual English & Spanish
  • Interest in, and enthusiasm for, LandPaths’ mission
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certifications
  • Lifeguard, Water Safety & Boating Safety qualifications or experience
  • Artistic, creative, imaginative

TO APPLY:

Email resume and brief cover letter to:  hr@landpaths.org

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:

APPLY NOW!  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, May 22nd, 2015. 

 

Posted at 13:35
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