Be a Part of our Forest school Community!

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We are looking for volunteers and relief staff who are interested in being a part of Wild Wonder Forest School to share their love of nature with the children in our programs. Below are the details on the requirements of volunteers and relief staff. Please note, we will be looking to fill more regular staffing needs in the Fall of 2019.

Relief Staff

Required qualifications for Wild Wonder relief staff:

  • Clear criminal record check, vulnerable sector check and Social Development check

  • Valid first aid certificate and a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate (or able to complete prior to start date) is an asset

  • Experience working with young children

  • Experience working in an outdoor setting

  • Physically capable of performing duties with enthusiasm, regardless of the weather (rain, snow, heat) and while carrying supplies, and walking distances and over uneven terrain while carrying a backpack and other gear

  • Appreciating the benefits of play, risk-taking, movement, and physical development in the early years

  • Interest in learning about, and improving upon, your outdoor skills including knots, shelter-building, appropriate clothing, leave-no-trace practices, etc

  • Have a basic understanding of the Forest School Canada model, wherein leaders are predominantly “guides on the side”, supporting child-led play and emergent learning

  • Valid NB Driver’s License and access to a vehicle

Volunteers

All Wild Wonder volunteers are required to:

  • Supply an up-to-date Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screen, dated within 2 years and at the current home address

  • Complete a check with the Department of Social Development

  • Sign a form to confirm that they have read, understood and agree to comply with Wild Wonder Forest School’s Policies Handbook

  • Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire Form and provide the required references

Volunteers are expected to:

  • Model respect for themselves, others, and the environment

  • Be interested in nature-based learning and outdoor play

  • Encourage and reinforce caring and nurturing behaviour

  • Contribute to the success of the program rather than taking the attention of the educators away from the children

  • Join Wild Wonder staff for free training opportunities, when available, to better understand the Forest School Canada model, wherein leaders are “guides on the side”; learn best practices regarding child-led and emergent play; and better understand Wild Wonder’s approach to risk management