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Enviornmental Education Preschool

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Environmental Education Center at Mercer Slough
1625 118th Avenue SE Pacific Science Center
Bellevue, WA 98005
United States
Phone: (206) 443-2925

Polliwog Preschool Internship

Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Polliwog Preschool is a Mercer Slough program for preschoolers (3-5 years old). At Polliwog Preschool we focus on developing the whole child - socially, emotionally, mentally and physically - while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world. The program is play-based and student-driven with stations to choose from, discovery exploration times and specific activities that relate to a new theme each week.

Energetic, caring people with a background or interest in early childhood and environmental education are needed to assist with Polliwog Preschool’s many offerings. Volunteers will get a chance to assist Polliwog Preschool Educators while contributing to the success of this popular program. We ask that volunteers are able to commit for a minimum of 6 months as well as be able to come in once or twice a week, to allow volunteers and Polliwog students to get to know one another.

Reports To: Mercer Slough Site Supervisor & Early Childhood Education Staff
Position Start Date: September or October 2015
Schedule: Our three Polliwog Preschool groups come Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Volunteers are needed for our weekday morning classes from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, with a later shift time of 12:30 – 4:30 pm available on Tuesday and Thursday.

Job Duties:
• Assist Polliwog Preschool Educators by interacting with students during free play times, modeling and reinforcing positive behaviors
• Engage students in investigations, imaginative play, and cooperative interactions with other students
• Model “Leave No Trace” environmental education principles for students
• Demonstrate and support students’ appreciation for the natural world, and aid students in positively and safely interacting with the park’s flora and fauna.
• Greet parents and students
• Safely move the group from place to place, and ensuring that students are properly dressed for the weather conditions
• Other duties as assigned

Required
• 18+ years old
• Pass a criminal background check
• Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)
• Commit to volunteering at least once a week for at least 6 months

Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Desire to work with and inspire preschool-age children from diverse backgrounds
• Enthusiasm for science, the environment and education
• Excitement about going outside with children in all kinds of weather
• Courteous professional manner
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and flexibility should difficult situations arise
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation

Location

Environmental Education Center at Mercer Slough
1625 118th Avenue SE Pacific Science Center
Bellevue, WA 98005
United States
Phone: (206) 443-2925