The Natick Community Organic Farm, a nonprofit, certified organic farm and home to the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program, offers an internship opportunity for an outdoor enthusiast who is eager to learn about the very unique approach of the Waldkindergarten model to connect children ages 3 – 6 to nature. The Forest Gnomes program focuses on nature immersion and the social, emotional and physical development of the child. Attention is given to fueling the imagination, providing space for uninterrupted play, engaging in meaningful work and creating a homelike environment.
The ideal intern will work with the Forest Gnomes program for 18 hours per week, Monday-Thursday through mid-June, with the potential for continuing in the 2017-2018 program year. Staff for the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program consists of two teachers and one-two interns.
> Observe teachers’ interactions with children to become familiar with the role of the teacher and the program’s approach to child guidance
> Assist teachers with morning set-up before children arrive and clean up at the close of the day
> Assist with daily tasks during program hours (handing out snack, assisting children as they arrive, participating in circle-time, etc.)
> Direct any parent questions/concerns to teachers or administrator
Experience and Requirements
> Experience working with 3-6 year old children and interest in their development/ developmental needs.
> Comfortable working outdoors in all weather (have proper gear).
> Awareness of program's unique philosophy and role of the teacher and demonstrates a willingness to learn
> Ability to slow down, observe, not be in a rush.
> Qualities: nurturing, calm, patient, curious, organized, able to take direction, good listener, ability to be quiet and give children their space, acts and speaks in a way worthy of imitation by a child.
> Ability 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.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Commitment: Through June 15th, 2017, 18 hours per week; Monday-Thursday
Compensation: A stipend in the amount of $11 per hour will be paid on a monthly base
Please Note: The Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program is not a licensed preschool; hours cannot be put towards EEC teacher qualifications.
Start date: ASAP
To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to: Audrey Fergason and Marie DeCoste (Forest Gnomes teachers) at firstname.lastname@example.org