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 Permanent/Temporary: Permanent Reports to: Head of Semester School Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt 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
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
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.
Additional Salary Information: 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).
About Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki serves children ages 8-18 in summer, semester, and school-year programs; and provides training opportunities for educators and other outdoor professionals.
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki is comprised of approximately 42 students and 16 faculty members, and is a unique semester-length school program of the Chewonki Foundation. As a residential school, it is designed to offer high school juniors and seniors the chance to be part of a vibrant community located on a 400-acre saltwater peninsula in Mid-coast Maine.
The Elementary and Middle School at Chewonki is an independent school for children in grades 1-8, modeling the best of innovative teaching, integrated academic practice, and experiential learning.