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Wild Seeds Facilitator

Wild Seeds Learning Community is looking for creative, energetic people committed to supporting autonomous, self-directing children in an outdoor environment.  Facilitators must believe in every person’s ability and right to direct their own learning and should be fascinated by all the different ways people interact with each other and their environment.  Wild Seeds facilitators must act as models, space-holders, and mentors of self-directed learning and intentional culture creation. Above all, facilitators need to be grounded in the perspective of trusting children and committed to fostering curiosity, while showing up authentically and supportively.

Facilitators will work closely with program directors on building and growing this unschool community. We are invested in growing as co-conspirators in antiracism, rejecting white supremacy culture, and recognizing and growing from our shortcomings and blindspots. Committed to fostering a racially equitable and inclusive school community, we strongly encourage Black, Brown, and Indigenous applicants to apply. 

 

Working at Wild Seeds will fill you up if:

 

  • You are a passionate, curious, and joyful person with a variety of interests and abilities that you would enjoy sharing with young people through offerings made at our Set-the-Week meeting and through spontaneous, self-organized activities.

  • You have experience cultivating authentic, respectful, and partnership-based relationships with people of all ages.

  • You are ready to dive in to help create, reinforce, and grow with an intentional unschool community around transformation, liberation, racial equity and inclusion, and environmental stewardship.You are excited about co-creating action attached to core values

  • You are, yourself, self-directed: You don’t need to be told what to do in order to be productive in your role; you can notice what needs to be done and take action, while communicating effectively with team members along the way. 

  • You are actively UNlearning (deschooling) what most of us are taught about how and where learning happens, what learning is valuable, how learning is evaluated and how to support young people in group settings. You are eager to partner with others in rejecting narrow, authoritarian views of how adults facilitate learning.

  • You are invested in and experienced with collaboration, believe you have much to share and learn from other facilitators and are willing to sacrifice personal power and control to include more perspectives.You see sharing and receiving feedback from other facilitators as an opportunity for personal growth.

  • If these ideas resonate with you, let’s talk!

 

Facilitation responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead daily intention and reflection meetings in a small group setting.  Model, mentor, and support individuals and the group as they participate in the cycle of intention and reflection

  • Model, mentor, and support children in intentional community building. This includes supporting children as they navigate conflicts, organize around projects or interests, etc.

  • Collaborate with students to create Community Safety norms. This includes ensuring that students understand and are reminded of safety agreements.

  • Support the learning interests of a diverse body of children.  Recognize when a child’s curiosity represents a desire for deeper exploration or investigation of a topic.  Establish a practice of reflecting on each child’s school experience in order to better support their school experience.  Offer opportunities and experiences when appropriate. Familiarize yourself with and utilize Agile Learning tools.

  • Practice “maximum support with minimal interference” as the adult presence.  Create a practice of reflecting on the inherent power adults experience in groups of children and defining clear ways to cede that power back to children.

  • Ability to be agile and responsive to the dynamic learning environments

  • Act as host in all aspects of the school: connecting learners, welcoming volunteers, introducing learners to the community, and facilitating parent involvement with the school

  • Manage general communication between the school and learners’ parents

  • Anticipate and take responsibility for daily maintenance chores, including clean up after offerings, tidying and organizing storage and other spaces, etc.

 

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Daily Operation and Administration of the Wild Seeds Program including attendance taking, communication with parents, leading, mentoring and holding firm to Community Agreements

  • Ensure continued growth and integrity of the program

  • Participate in weekly facilitator meetings

  • Ensure opening and closing procedures are carried out  

  • Ensure daily offerings are led by one of the facilitators or a volunteer (Music, Movement, Science, Art)

  • Implement and refine practices to be responsive to the needs of the learning community

 

Hours and Compensation:

This is a part-time position. The program currently meets on Wednesdays and Fridays, and we plan to expand our schedule to three days for the 2022-23 academic year. Facilitators also have the opportunity to join us for Summer Camp (Week 1: Aug 1-5; Week 2: Aug 15-19). We value the people who are joining us in this work, and aim to pay all employees a salary that reflects that. We are currently paying $20/hour.  As a new program, compensation will be reviewed regularly and will grow alongside our program.