B’naiture Male-Identified Mentor for Youth Ages 11-14
Part-time, contract role
About the Position:
B’naiture is a nationally award-winning, two-year, experiential program for youth ages 11-14 that uses nature as a vehicle to explore the transition from childhood to adolescence. B’naiture is forging a new Jewish pathway for nature- and soul-centric B’nai Mitzvah. More than 150 kids in small 10-12 kid cohorts have graduated since B’naiture began in 2012.
This program of Wilderness Torah weaves Jewish teachings, story, and song with personal challenges, outdoor skills,mentorship, peer group community-building, and nature awareness activities to provide an embodied way for youth to explore their coming-of-age with a Jewish lens. B’naiture meets from October—May on six Sundays from 10:30-4:30pm in the East Bay Parks, and five Wednesday nights in Berkeley backyards and parks, and for three weekend camping trips.
We seek male-identified educators with 3+ years experience in youth mentoring, nature connection, wilderness skills, and Jewish learning to serve as a mentor for our B’naiture program for our next two-year cohort, fall 2018- spring 2020. As a B’naiture mentor, your role is to provide nature-based games, challenges, crafts, stories, Jewish and nature-based learning, and help guide youth into their teen years.
You will learn a nationally award-winning approach to mentorship-based rites of passage, rooted in earth-based Jewish wisdom, from a robust curriculum and highly-skilled lead mentors. This work will build out your skill-set for Jewish education and working with adolescents. Wilderness Torah is a proven trainer in this pedagogy. We have trained and consulted with nearly 100 lay leaders internationally, many of whom are starting similar programs elsewhere including the East Coast, Mexico and Israel.
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.
Duties and Responsibilities Include:
Attend staff training weekend, additional trainings throughout year, and end of season staff debrief
Create daily plans in collaboration with lead mentors before each meeting
Participate in monthly staff meeting, and additional meetings as needed
Mentor and guide youth, maintain safety and health of all participants
Mentor 1-on-1 select group of participants--responsibilities include annual parent meetings and providing additional support as needed
Arrive promptly for each meeting- Sundays generally 9am-5pm and Wednesdays 4pm-8:30pm, and for camping trips (typically Thursday-Sunday), for set-up, clean-up and duration
Respond promptly to e-mail correspondence from program manager and team
3+ years experience providing either wilderness, nature-based or rites-of-passage programming
Naturalist and wilderness skills knowledge; experience teaching wilderness skills is a bonus
Knowledge of the Hebrew calendar and Jewish holiday cycles, stories, and values; Experience teaching in Jewish education is a bonus
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team of youth mentors and can think on their feet
Experience and love of teaching, mentoring, and working with Middle School aged youth
Ability to lift at least 25 pounds; able to be outside in various weather conditions, from very hot to extremely rainy and wet with a bright attitude that inspires the kids
Knowledge of the Eight Shields model desired
Able to make at least a two season commitment to B’naiture
Pay is commensurate with experience; this is a part-time, contract role.
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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled, final deadline to apply is June 4.
Wilderness Torah is an equal opportunity employer. Local candidates only.