for the New Hampshire Energy Education Project (NHEEP)
NHEEP is recruiting a part-time regional Energy Educator to deliver in-class student workshops to schools in New Hampshire. Ideally, this person would live in the Plymouth area or southern White Mountains. Position starts summer 2019.
The Energy Educator will:
- Teach in K-12 classrooms throughout their region, delivering NHEEP’s hands-on energy and climate science workshops.
- Help introduce teachers and community groups to NHEEP's offerings, including contacting teachers and school administrators to develop opportunities for workshops in schools, presenting at school faculty meetings, and developing relationships with school staff throughout the region.
- Support teacher professional development, curriculum design, and project-based learning specifically tied to state education standards.
- Support other NHEEP programs, including a student writing contest, school fundraiser, and Youth Climate Leaders Academy.
This position requires demonstrated experience, abilities, and skills in the following:
- Education skills: Ability to teach energy programs in a way that engages students. Have at least 3 years of experience with teaching and/or environmental education. K-12 science teaching background preferred. Familiarity with New Hampshire schools, energy science, energy/sustainability issues, and Next Generation Science Standards a plus.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable car needed. Same-day travel in your own insured vehicle throughout this region required, with occasional travel to other areas of New Hampshire and Vermont. During the first 2-3 months there will be additional region-wide travel for training.
- Organized and self-motivated: Ability to work well independently and manage multiple ongoing tasks. Must maintain prompt and complete administrative communications with VEEP/NHEEP central office including opening and returning emails and phone messages promptly. Must keep accurate records.
- Communication: Be an outgoing, enthusiastic presenter. Excellent speaking and writing skills to engage effectively with New Hampshire’s schools and education networks.
- Collaboration/teamwork: Work with VEEP/NHEEP educators and staff as an effective team member. Work well with teachers, students and the public.
- Home office: Must be set up to work from home, with phone, computer and internet access. VEEP operates as a “virtual office” with regular phone check-ins and periodic meetings. Educators must also store significant amounts of hands-on educational materials for use in schools.
- Computer skills: Fluent in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google applications (Gmail, Google Drive and Google Docs).
- Physical requirements: Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and carry items up and down stairs.
- Location: We prefer to have this educator based in the north-central part of New Hampshire near Plymouth or the southern White Mountains.
Schedule and compensation
This job is budgeted for 15-25 hours per week during the school year, and approximately 5-10 hours per week during the summer. Workshops are scheduled during the school day while school is in session, with occasional public events on evenings and weekends. The schedule is flexible, but educators must be responsive and available to requests from teachers and community groups. Hourly pay rate will be $20–$28 per hour, commensurate with experience. Benefits include Simple IRA with 2% contribution and disability insurance. Mileage and other job-related expenses are reimbursed.
Training and all materials are provided. There are opportunities for growth, depending on skills, for curriculum development and teacher training.
Must be able to pass criminal background check and fingerprinting for work with minors.
Send a cover letter and resume to Mandy Perkins, Admin & Kits Coordinator, at email@example.com. Position open until filled; knowing that teachers are signing contracts this time of year, we intend to interview and hire quickly!
VEEP has provided hands-on/minds-on energy education experiences for teachers and students in grades K-12 throughout Vermont since 1979. Our mission is to build a deep understanding of energy through education, encouraging choices that result in sustainability in our communities, economy and environment. Our programs use multiple learning pathways to engage students in problem-solving challenges to help them understand energy and the effects of its use on society and the environment. See more at veep.org.
NHEEP was launched in 2017 to extend VEEP programs to schools across New Hampshire. Through this project, teachers engage in NGSS-aligned curriculum and equipment kit trainings, custom professional development, and hands-on minds-on student workshops. Read more about NHEEP at nheep.org.
posted June 10, 2019