Located on Maine’s rugged coastline, Maine Coast Semester offers a small group of diverse and academically ambitious high school juniors the opportunity to develop the habits of independent learning, an appreciation for the natural world, and the chance to practice the art of building a sustainable community. Living in free-standing cabins with classmates for an entire semester; starting most days before 7:00 a.m. with chores; eating meals communally; as well as managing a rigorous course load, only begins to describe the interconnected nature of teaching and learning at Maine Coast Semester.
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki is seeking to round out its team of science educators responsible for leading its trademark honors natural history and ecology course. In addition to classroom instruction, this teaching team spends approximately ten hours each week with students in field labs. During these twice weekly field labs, students practice their powers of observation and develop an in-depth understanding of Maine’s natural history through hands-on study and immersion in the natural world. Field labs are conducted across Maine’s ecosystems which include rocky inter-tidal zones, sandy shores, salt marshes, ponds, streams, bogs and forests.
The ideal candidate for this position should have a deep appreciation for the natural world; a high level of interest in teaching exceptionally motivated high school juniors in a semester school that is committed to promoting the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; environmental sustainability; as well as building strong relationships with students and colleagues.
Maine Coast Semester co-disciplinary science teachers collaboratively teach three sections of a place-based honors natural history course that intersects with the program’s environmental science and mathematics courses. Science is a required class for all students and is central to the program. The science teacher spends approximately five hours twice a week in the field, complementing the work in the classroom by visiting rocky inter-tidal zones, sandy shores, salt marshes, ponds, streams, bogs and forests. Science teachers also support students to develop an appreciation for the beauty, complexity and interconnectedness of natural surroundings.
Position Title: Science Teacher
Employment Category: Category B
Reports to: Head of Semester School
Schedule (hours and weeks): Academic
Benefits Eligible: Yes
- Teach 3 sections of an honors level natural history and ecology course, that includes weekly field labs
- Collaboratively design and lead classes and field expeditions.
- Work cross disciplinarily to create learning experiences that integrate quantitative thinking and environmental issues.
- Offer academic support for science students outside of class
- Serve as an advisor for 3-4 students and as a mentor for a cabin of 6-8 students
- Work with students three days a week on morning chores
- Assume rotating evening and weekend duty assignments
- Take on other semester school responsibilities based on skills and interests
- Live on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community.
- Help to plan and lead field trips, weekend activities, backcountry expeditions, etc.
- Contribute to the Chewonki community through participation in chores, committees and foundation wide events.
- Must complete fingerprinting requirements of Maine Department of Education
- Driver’s License approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier to drive participants
- A minimum of CPR and First Aid certification
- Attend Chewonki driver training
- Attend annual trainings conducted by the Chewonki health center
- Ability to constructively contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community.
- Must hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of science or have a demonstrated successful history of working in field biology; advanced degree preferred
- Must have 3-5 years of teaching experience
- Ability to develop close working relationships with all constituencies including students, families, faculty, and administration.
- Ability to allow for ambiguity; and to analytically and strategically solve complex educational problems; to work on teams and to participate effectively with colleagues from all parts of the Chewonki Foundation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt your message to students, families, faculty, and administration.
- Willingness to embrace the lifestyle of working and living in a dynamic semester school by being a team-player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence in job performance.
- Commitment to active collaboration while also possessing the internal, self-starter motivation to learn independently.
- Experience in field research, environmental stewardship work, mentoring community or student science projects
- Familiarity with the principles of Restorative Practice and Community Building
- Lifeguard and/or WFR certification
Salary and Benefits
Salary is in-line with that of other small northern New England boarding schools and will be based largely on experience. Housing is included as part of living on campus. This is a full-time residential position on an August to mid-June schedule (~10 weeks vacation/year). Benefits include housing, meals when programs are in session, health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, long term disability, 403B retirement plan (currently matching up to 4.5% after one year of service) and access to professional development funds.
To Apply – Open until position filled
Please see www.mainecoastsemester.org for more information about Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki.
Please complete the following information and upload
- A cover letter explaining your interest
- One-page statement of educational philosophy