Nature-Based Preschool Programs Director

Full Time

Website Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Exploring & Preserving the Natural World, One Adventure @ A Time

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks an experienced early childhood educator to join our collaborative and dynamic team of nature enthusiasts in the role of Preschool Programs Director.   The Preschool Programs Director supports whole child development by leading a small team of educators to develop and implement early childhood programs that support nature-based play and exploration for the youngest learners in our community, ages 2 ½ to 5-years old, while offering developmentally appropriate instruction to prepare young learners for future educational success. Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center offers year-round programming designed to encourage understanding and appreciation for the natural world in participants of all ages. Our early childhood programs are designed to engage preschool-aged children in hands-on, nature-based learning and include:  
  • Fledglings Preschool - Prescott Farm’s signature nature-based preschool program, offers an integrated nature-based curriculum for 3-5 year-olds with an option of attending 2, 3, or 5 days a week throughout the school year. Although a warm and inviting preschool classroom is available, students spend a significant portion of their days outside but also learn and take rest time in our sunny and inviting preschool classroom.
  • Tadpoles - Our newest program, provides a small group setting in which young children can begin to explore and learn in our gardens, fields, and natural playscape away from their favorite grown-ups for just two hours twice each week.
  • Polliwogs and Music Magic at Prescott Farm -  Young learners ages 2 ½ to 5 years old and their favorite grown-up are invited to join us for stories, play, crafts, and music.
  • Pre-K Pioneers - Part of our WildQuest summer day-camp program and designed to offer the very first camp experiences for children ages 4 and 5 years-old over the course of nine themed one-week sessions.
  Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Provide Leadership in early childhood education, developing programs and curricula
  • Manage Staff - hiring, training, scheduling, supervision, and professional development
  • Establish and promote the educational philosophy of Prescott Farm
  • Communicate with parents and caregivers on an ongoing and regular basis
  • Facilitate parent/caregiver involvement at Prescott Farm
  • Provide program administration including overseeing licensing compliance and registration
  • Collaborate with other program directors and staff in the development and delivery of quality nature-based programs
The successful candidate will:  
  • Have an active interest and passion for nature, ecology, gardening, farming, and/or other areas related to the natural world and a commitment to integrating a developmentally appropriate learning environment with nature as the main focus. Experience teaching in an outdoor or environmental education program preferred but not required.
  • Be a team player with demonstrated enthusiasm for connecting young learners to the natural world through hands-on learning
  • Be an experienced early childhood educator, adept at lesson planning, curriculum development, and program management.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood or elementary education, other field of study focused on children, or meet any of the other requirements for state licensing.  Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Have a minimum of 1500 hours of experience working with children in a licensed child care program or in a public or private elementary school
  • Have (or plan to have by September 1, 2021) documentation of successful completion of at least 3 credits in child development, and 3 credits in management and supervision, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Be certified in First Aid and CPR or be willing to become certified
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Exhibit strong organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Be able to perform tasks requiring physical exertion indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, and on varied terrain while supervising young children
  • Be able 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.
  • Pass a criminal background check.

Located in a bucolic setting on 160 acres with farm fields, forests, gardens, a pond, walking trails, and a natural playscape, Prescott Farm is the ideal place to share your love of nature with young learners!  We offer a fun and pleasant workplace culture, a 35-hour work week, and a generous benefits package including health and life insurance; matching retirement contributions; paid time off for vacations, sick time, and holidays; and professional development.