Peninsula B’hootz: Outdoor Jewish Youth Mentor for Grades K-5
September 2018 - May 2019
Part-time, contract role
PeninsulaB’hootz is a Sunday school in the woods for grades K–5 that runs bi-monthly on Sundays in the Peninsula hills from September 2018 - June 2019. This program of Wilderness Torah integrates nature-based exploration within Jewish spirituality, tradition, and ethics. After five successful years for grades K-5 in our East Bay location, due to demand we launched this new program in 2017 in the Peninsula.
We seek educators experienced with Jewish and nature-based education for Shoreshim (roots), grades k-2, and Etzim (trees), grades 3-5, groups at B’hootz next season. Our Shoreshim group takes place Sundays 10 am – 1 pm, and Etzim takes place 10 am – 2 pm.
About the Position:
As a youth mentor, you and another mentor will work with a group of 10-12 kids either in grades K-2 or 3-5 (we typically have 3 cohorts of kids per grade range,) participate in curriculum planning, and interact with families. You will receive in-depth training in Wilderness Torah’s award-winning curriculum, building your skills as an educator, while working with a wonderful team of passionate people.
About the Organization:
A six-time Slingshot award winner as one of the nation’s most innovative Jewish nonprofits, Wilderness Torah’s mission is to awaken and celebrate the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth, and Spirit. See our website atwww.wildernesstorah.org.
Founded in 2007, Wilderness Torah has served more than 12,000 participants with programs that reconnect Judaism to nature, including multi-generational land-based holiday festivals; outdoor Jewish education for grades K-12; year-round Jewish offerings including Shabbats, High Holidays, and Jewish learning; and young adult leadership training.
Wilderness Torah is growing rapidly, with sold-out programs and double-digit growth each year and has won regional and national awards for Jewish education.
2+ years experience working with children in grades K-2 or 3-5 in Jewish and/or outdoor programs
Knowledge of the Jewish calendar, holiday cycles, stories, and values
Naturalist knowledge and wilderness skills
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team of youth mentors
Collaborative curriculum planning under guidance of lead mentor
Program prep and communication with staff and families as laid out by lead mentor
Attend Wilderness Torah training days and team meetings
Lead a group of 10-12 youth in programming on 15 Sundays, September 2018 - May 2019
Mentor and guide youth
Maintain safety and health of all participants
Supervise teen mentors
Attend staff meetings before and after program day (1 hr before, 45 mins after)
Pay is commensurate with experience; this is a part-time, contract role.
Send a resume (two pages maximum), two references and cover letter (one page) firstname.lastname@example.org
Include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject heading
Read thoroughly on our web site about the program(s) to which you are applying
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the fall.
Wilderness Torah is an equal opportunity employer. Local candidates only. Must be able to lift 20 pounds. Thank you!