Often we are asked, “What do you actually do at Merrohawke?” The answer appears simple at first glance: we create time and space for youth to meaningfully connect with nature. We do so in all weather in all habitats in all seasons, all in celebration our our unique corner of the New England coastline. We are all outdoors in rain, snow, sun, fog, winter, summer, fall, and spring as we explore rivers, oceans, saltmarshes, sandy beaches, mudflats, deep ocean, maritime forests, vernal pools and broad green lawns and meadows.
We dig holes to China, build epic sandcastles and fairycastles, row dories and whaleboats, climb trees, start fires by friction, catch our dinner and chase our shadows in discovery of own inner wild selves as we reconnect kids to nature, each other, and themselves. We encourage youth to make connections to the earth on their own terms, and we seek to inspire this connection to last their whole lifetime, and beyond. We do this all through a complex, multi-layered educational model that dates back thousands of years, through the context of a maritime lens that suits our community best.
Merrohawke Nature School is one of at least 75 nature connection organizations nationally–and 150 internationally–that emerged out of the 1970s environmental movement and self-identify as an 8 Shields school. The nature connection movement now serves upwards of 50,000 youth annually; Merrohawke serves 2,200 youth annually.
Are we environmental educators? Sort of…. but not exactly. Outdoor educators? Sort of…. but not exactly. We walk beside those we share time with as mentors, not teachers. We aim to connect with both heart and mind. We inspire curiosity versus just fill up on facts. We invest our time into and care deeply about all who cross our path. We think seven generations ahead. We are on the forming edge of a model of nature-based learning that is rooted in ancient traditions and emerging in practice globally by many very good folks equally passionate about youth and nature.
By now, future Merrohawke staff are thinking, “YES! Sounds great!” If you aren’t so sure our style is for you, then perhaps it’s time to look elsewhere… If you are onboard with us, please consider applying. We’d love to get to know you.
Summer 2018 Program Instructors
Merrohawke Nature School instructors endeavor to spark the fire of nature connection in all participants enrolled in our summer nature-based wilderness programs. Through an authentic passion for the wild outdoors—both land and sea—our instructors mentor youth in nature connection, serve as positive role models, ensure the safety of all participants, support the physical needs of youth through the day, help setup and maintain equipment used in programming, and actively and positively contribute to daily planning and debriefing meetings. We look for caring, compassionate, enthusiastic people who are deeply connected to nature and wish to inspire and nurture the same in others.
- Love of teaching and mentoring children
- Passion for, and demonstrated experience with, experiential education
- Commitment to storytelling, singing, playing musical instruments or the arts
- Commitment to increasing naturalist knowledge of land and sea
- Comfort and experience in marine settings: coastal waters, intertidal zone, passenger boats and deep sea bottom sampling, fishing and birding
- Participation in at least one Art of Mentoring event, familiarity with Coyote’s Guide and/or Kamana Naturalist Training, or Waldorf education.
- Certified or willingness to be certified at your expense in Wilderness First Aid & CPR
- Minimum age 18.
Hours, Salary & Schedule
Compensation ranges $12-$14/hr and is based on experience. This is a full-time seasonal position, 35-40 hours per week, June 18, 2018, through August 17, 2018.
Preference will be given to those applicants who can commit to attending mandatory staff training and at least six weeks of programs. Position will remain open until filled.