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Bush Playgroup Facilitator

Eco Explorers
  • Bush Playgroup Facilitator
  • Casual | Flexible hours
  • 10 – 20 hours per week
  • $30 per hour + Superannuation

ABOUT US

Eco Explorers Australia is a Melbourne-based company that runs outdoor programs for children and families all across Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula. We are looking to expand and runs groups in Regional Victoria.

We deliver quality, play based outdoor learning programs and this position is a unique opportunity to make meaningful differences to the well-being and mental health of children and families while connecting them to nature and a welcoming community. Our playgroups provide a safe place for parents to connect with one another as well as opportunities for children to play and interact with other children.

Eco Explorers Australia has a strong commitment to the sustainability and the environment and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet.

Once you have been allocated an outdoor location (no more than 30 mins from home), you will allocated set days and hours to work, which means your hours/days stay the same each term. You will also work with the same groups and families, so you can build long lasting relationships with the families you work with.

During your playgroup sessions, you will be required to share songs, stories, craft activities and lead a bush walk with your families.

ABOUT YOU

Do you love the outdoors and working with children? Are you passionate about sustainability and the environment and want to make a genuine difference?

As a Bush Playgroup Facilitator, you have an understanding of the benefits of nature play in early childhood and are passionate about building strong relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and the children and families you work with.

You will also have a genuine interest in the environment, the flora and fauna and want to learn about it, alongside the children you work with.

If this sounds like you then we'd LOVE to hear from you!

We are looking for facilitators to work all across Melbourne and some areas in Regional Victoria such as:

  • Melbourne’s inner north/east/west
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Macedon Ranges
  • West Gippsland
  • Geelong/Bellarine Peninsula

People from other areas are also encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate child-led bush programs for children aged 0 – 5 years
  • Facilitate positive and developmentally appropriate play experiences and interactions within the Eco Explorers Australia policies and guidelines
  • Ensure the highest levels of health and safety are implemented and maintained at all times during your programs
  • Practice culturally sensitive and inclusive practices to enhance engagement of families in programs and services
  • Develop connection with children, nurturing their curiosity and expanding their skillset and overall development
  • Provide administrative and marketing support.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS ROLE YOU WILL NEED:

  • Experience working with preschool-aged children is highly regarded
  • Knowledge/understanding of the developmental needs of pre-school aged children
  • Have well-developed communication and empathy skills and be able to remain calm in all types of scenarios
  • Be self-motivated and highly organised
  • Have or be willing to undertake a First Aid and CPR certification
  • Current Australian drivers licence and a car
  • Working with Children’s Check and a Police check
  • Be physically fit
  • Qualifications (although not necessary) in either; Early Childhood Education, Teaching, Outdoor Education, Environmental Science, Forest school, Community Services or skills in any bush craft/bush survival skills, art and mindfulness will also be highly regarded.

Full training will be provided.

This job would be ideal for people who may be studying or want to work around the school drop off and pick up times.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU!!

  • Professional support and training via in-house training program
  • Being mentored by an experienced and passionate team leader
  • Commitment to work-life balance
  • Vibrant team culture, working alongside likeminded passionate individuals
  • Flexible working days
  • An option to have school holidays off (or work if you prefer)

Working with Eco Explorers is more than just a job. It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to looking after the environment and well-being of your community.

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