Science Faculty and Climate Action and Leadership Lab Director

Watershed School | Camden, ME

Posted Date 5/22/2020
Description

Position Summary

Watershed School is looking for a passionate and hard-working educator, community leader, and visionary to join our faculty. The candidate will be responsible for teaching three science courses and will collaborate with Watershed faculty and staff to launch the Climate Action and Leadership Lab (CALL), Watershed’s new semester school program. In addition to regular teaching responsibilities, the candidate will direct the development and coordination of CALL’s curriculum and field activities and the candidate will function as a liaison with the Town of Camden to facilitate CALL’s work in the community. The candidate should have a background in climate science and experience teaching, and must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to community engagement and climate action at the local level. The ideal candidate will be a dedicated teacher and an ambitious, energetic, and creative collaborator with the vision to promote and expand Watershed School’s commitment to climate action in Maine.

Responsibilities

This job has both teaching and directing responsibilities. It requires creativity, flexibility, and a commitment to the Watershed community and the community at large. The candidate will be given a great deal of autonomy in both positions but is expected to attend faculty meetings and collaborate with faculty, students, and community partners regularly. 

Teaching Responsibilities:

The candidate will be responsible for teaching the following courses:

  1. Introduction to Scientific Observing (full-year freshman course)
  2. Either Biology or Chemistry (full-year upper level course)
  3. Global Climate Change: Science, Action, and Leadership Lab (spring semester CALL course)

While curriculums are provided for each class, candidates should treat them as guidelines and are expected to bring their expertise and creativity to the classroom. This is especially true in the Global Climate Change class where course content is frequently updated and coursework is project-based and community oriented.

CALL Director Responsibilities:

The candidate will be responsible for developing and coordinating academic components of the CALL program. This includes coordinating with faculty to ensure the CALL curriculum is cohesive and comprehensive in all classes; facilitating field trips, labs, and community engagement events; and acting as a liaison with the Town of Camden to fulfill the CALL climate action project.

Directing the CALL program is a unique and exciting leadership opportunity that requires an energetic individual who thrives in a dynamic setting, is eager to learn, and works well as part of a team. The candidate will be responsible for promoting the work of CALL students within the community and for developing and facilitating the climate action project. A summary of anticipated responsibilities for the 2021 CALL project* are below:

You will work with the Watershed School faculty and staff, members Camden Energy and Sustainability Committee, Select Board, and town staff to:

  • Identify and prioritize climate actions and emissions targets 
  • Develop relationships with local and regional partners
  • Summarize findings, data, and actions in a readable report that is accessible to both experts and community members
  • Mobilize community engagement and action around climate change

*In 2021, the CALL climate action project is predetermined as it is the continuation of previous climate work with the Town of Camden. It includes working with the Town of Camden to develop and implement a Climate Change Action and Adaptation Plan that will enable the town to fulfill its energy reduction targets and prepare for the anticipated impacts of climate change. In the future, you will play an integral role in helping the students choose and organize their cohort’s climate action project though it likely will build on work from previous years.

For additional information on the CALL program, please visit our website: http://www.watershed-school.org/call

Qualifications

We seek a qualified individual with a passion for education and the ambition, vision, and commitment to make meaningful impacts in climate action and sustainability initiatives in Maine. We are looking for a creative teacher who can create meaningfulconnections with students and the greater Maine community. To be successful in this job, you should bring:

  • A background in science and secondary education
  • An open mind and willingness to view the issue of climate change objectively
  • A solid understanding of climate science and terminology
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to adjust and adapt in the face of unforeseen challenges
  • Organizational skills, including the ability to extract relevant information from scientific literature and data, studies on future climate scenarios, Maine Climate Council work, other town action/adaptation plans, and other reports
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including writing and public speaking as you will be the spokesperson for Watershed’s CALL program
  • A strong work ethic including full participation, completion of all tasks on time, attention to detail, and constructive engagement with other team members
  • A sense of humor 

How to Apply

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter and resume to?: 

Sophie Davis, CALL Program Coordinator

sophie.davis@watershed-school.org

In your letter, please let us know how your qualifications, skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for this job, and explain how you would match your strengths with our needs. Please also indicate any questions you might have. 

Watershed School is an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, creed, age, ancestry, or national origin.

 

Job Type
Regular
Geographic Region
Midcoast
Industry
Education
Town (optional)
Camden

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