Bush Playgroup Facilitator Job Ad
Eco Explorers is looking for bush playgroup facilitators to run our bush playgroups in 2022. We are looking for people from all locations within a 90-100km radius from Melbourne so if you this job is your calling, then we’d love to hear from you. You will be working in National parks and local reserves and taking families in the bush to learn about our natural environment. Your role includes facilitating a group of of up to 30 children and adults and sharing stories, singing songs, supporting parents/carers and running a range nature play and craft based activities for the children.
We are seeking highly passionate, motivated, natural-born leaders and those that have knowledge about the natural environment (plants, sustainability, wildlife etc). You must have some understanding of child development and nature play, it’s benefits and ideas for nature play activities.
You need to have demonstrated experience working with preschool-aged children and families and may have qualifications (although not necessary) in either; Early Childhood Education, Teaching, Outdoor Education, Environmental Science, Forest school, Community Services or any bush crafts/bush skills and mindfulness experience will be also be highly regarded.
You need to be great with people and have excellent communication and leadership skills, empathy and facilitation skills. We also incorporate mindfulness into our programs so ideally you will have a calm presence and can lead confidently.
The successful applicant will start training first with another facilitator and then be required to lead groups of approx 10 families each session. This job requires you to work independently but all materials and training are provided.
This position would ideally suit someone that is studying or has children at school and therefore is not looking for full-time work as the work hours vary between 11 – 17 hours per week (mornings only). You need to have your own car and be fit as there is some lifting required and plenty of walking.
We are looking for people that share our love of nature play and are committed to being part of a vibrant team of educators who attend regular meetings and training and can commit to this job for at least 1 – 2 years. Availability to work during school holidays is also required and to occasionally work weekends at festivals and events.
You must have a working with children check and a current First Aid level 2 certificate (or be willing to obtain immediately).
Please also note that as this is a paid position, you are not able to bring your own children along when you work
Current positions (to start in term 2 – 2022)
Ricketts Point Beach Playgroup Facilitator to work approx. 3 mornings (17 hours) a week at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary in Beaumaris. This role would suit an early childhood editor or someone who has some knowledge and in marine biology or a good understanding of local marine life.
Bush Kindy Facilitator – South-Eastern Melbourne suburbs to work approx. 3 mornings a week (13 hours). Some possible locations include Braeside Park, Lysterfield lake, Wattle Park and even the Dandenong Ranges, depending on the applicants location. We are seeking an experienced early childhood educator, teacher or environmental educator who has some skills and knowledge in delivering nature based programs to children in some capacity and knowledge about the outdoor environment.
Bush Kindy Facilitator -North-Eastern Melbourne suburbs to work approx. 3 mornings a week (13 hours). Some possible locations include Westerfolds Park, Gresswell Forest, Macleod and Plenty Gorge, depending on the applicants location. We are seeking an experienced early childhood educator, teacher or environmental educator who has some skills and knowledge in delivering nature based programs to children in some capacity and knowledge about the outdoor environment.
Bush Playgroup Facilitator – Western suburbs (Brimbank and Mount Macedon)
We are seeking a Bush Playgroup facilitator to work a in of 3 mornings a week running groups at Brimbank Park in Keilor East and near Woodend and Mount Macedon. We are looking for passionate nature play facilitators. Full training provided.
Funded Bush Playgroup Facilitator – City of Whittlesea. To work 3 mornings a week to run our funded programs for vulnerable families. Background in mental health, early childhood or community services highly regarded. Full training provided.
Applicants from other areas are also encourage to apply!
HOW TO APPLY
All applications must include a cover letter which outlines your reason for applying, what experience you bring to this position and why you would be suitable, as well as a CV with recent references to:
Melinda Bito, Managing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line: Bush Playgroup Facilitator application