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Lead/Co-Preschool Teacher (Part-time)

Reporting to the Director of Early Childhood Programs, the Lead Preschool Teacher position is a part-time, non-exempt position working Monday-Friday during the school year, mornings and/or afternoons (depending on schedule), although some early/evening hours will be required. This position will be responsible for teaching, managing, and developing a nature and art-themed, play-based curriculum for a classroom of preschool children, as well as directing other staff in the classroom in these endeavors. The Lead/Co-Teacher will prepare and enact daily lesson plans within a curriculum framework, keep attendance and performance records for children in designated class(es), communicate with parents on an ongoing basis, and keep room and materials in a safe and orderly fashion. This position will also be required to attend preschool staff meetings and staff development workshops as scheduled. 

Specifically, the Lead Preschool Teacher (part-time) will:  

  • Develop curriculum based on resources available at SM&NC
  • Embrace the SM&NC philosophy of nature-based play and incorporate these experiences into curricula
  • Be comfortable with and excited about teaching in the natural world in all seasons and weather
  • Prepare daily lesson plans
  • Responsible for all children enrolled in designated class.
  • Keep records of attendance for children and other staff in designated class.
  • Keep records of performance for children and other staff in designated class.
  • Keep materials in room orderly.
  • Direct other staff in classroom
  • Be comfortable with live animals in the classroom and participate in their care
  • Change materials in room to reflect curriculum
  • Complete all responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Communicate with parents on an ongoing basis
  • Attend staff meetings and staff development workshops
  • Report to the Preschool Co-Directors any concerns or challenges related to designated class
  • Additional duties as assigned 

Covid-19 notes:

  • All staff must wear masks when indoors and whenever within 6 feet of others outside
  • Children are not required to wear masks. We will work with parent requests for mask wearing and encourage/help students as we can with wearing masks, especially inside
  • We are a primarily outdoor-based school. Teachers are expected to, especially this year, be comfortable leading activities and explorations on preschool outdoor sites, as well as sites throughout the museum
  • Should a closure be determined by the Stamford Department of Public Health, we will determine the best course of action for remote learning. Hours may be reduced in this situation.

Qualifications & Essential Skills:

  • Must meet State of CT requirements to be a Head Teacher as defined by the state
  • Must possess a minimum of an Associates in Early Childhood degree
  • 1+ years of preschool experience
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a “team player”
  • Must be comfortable in the outdoor environment and use the outdoor environment on a regular basis to support curriculum.
  • Love and respect for the natural world
  • Comfortable with interaction with live animals
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows environment
  • Comfortable with animals and willingness to learn how to handle certain animals to enhance curriculum and use both in the classroom and outdoors
  • Certified in First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus

Compensation: Hourly rate commensurate with experience.

Please forward resume and 3 references to:

Lisa Combs, Co-Director
Art, Nature & Me Preschool
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
preschool@stamfordmuseum.org

Assistant Preschool Teacher (Part-time)

Reporting to the Co-Directors of the Preschool, the Assistant Preschool Teacher position is a part-time, non-exempt position working 5 mornings a week during the school year, although some early/evening hours will be required. This position will be responsible for aiding the Lead Teacher teaching, managing, and developing curriculum for a classroom of preschool children, as well as directing other staff in the classroom in these endeavors. The Assistant Teacher will help in the preparation and enacting of daily lesson plans within a curriculum framework and keep room and materials in a safe and orderly fashion. This position will also be required to attend preschool staff meetings and staff development workshops as scheduled. 

Specifically, the Assistant Preschool Teacher (part-time) will:  

  • Assist Head Teacher or Co-teacher on a daily basis with classroom responsibilities
  • Support the use of outdoor spaces throughout the museum for learning and exploration
  • Complete assigned responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Reports to the Head of Early Childhood Education any concerns or challenges related to designated class
  • Attend staff meetings and professional development workshops
  • Additional duties as assigned

Covid-19 notes:

  • All staff must wear masks when indoors and whenever within 6 feet of others outside
  • Children are not required to wear masks. We will work with parent requests for mask wearing and encourage/help students as we can with wearing masks, especially inside
  • We are a primarily outdoor-based school. Teachers are expected to, especially this year, be comfortable leading activities and explorations on preschool outdoor sites, as well as sites throughout the museum
  • Should a closure be determined by the Stamford Department of Public Health, we will determine the best course of action for remote learning. Hours may be reduced in this situation.

Qualifications & Essential Skills:

  • Must meet State of CT requirements to be an Assistant Teacher as defined by the state
  • Associates in Early Childhood degree or higher a plus
  • Previous preschool or early childhood experience a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a “team player”
  • Must be comfortable in the outdoor environment and use the outdoor environment on a regular basis to support curriculum.
  • Love and respect for the natural world; comfortable with live animals a plus
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows environment
  • Comfortable with animals and willingness to learn how to handle certain animals to enhance curriculum and use both in the classroom and outdoors
  • Certified in First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus

Compensation: Hourly rate commensurate with experience.

Please forward resume and 3 references to:

Lisa Combs, Preschool Co-Director
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
lcombs@stamfordmuseum.org

Facility Use & Special Events Assistant

We have an immediate need for a responsible, reliable individual to assist our Facility Use Manager and Special Events Manager with execution of events You will work evening and weekend hours to set up and manage the smooth running of events working closely with our Operations Team. You will work closely with outside catering vendors who use our kitchens and ensure that they leave it in a clean and orderly fashion. You will ensure that the facility is set up and the grounds are clean throughout the event and that restrooms are equipped and maintained during the event along with any other maintenance need that may arise. You will ensure that the facility is left clean, reset and ready to open for our regular business hours. This position works member exhibit openings, weekend festivals, member events and serve as the key host for private events

You must have a positive, customer service attitude and be able to take direction, follow procedures and be respectful at all times. You will be a gracious and professional problem solver and have strong computer skills, interpersonal skills, have your own transportation and a valid driver’s license. You must be able to life 50 lbs., bend, stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk and/or run. Qualifications include High School degree or equivalent, prior experience in event planning preferred with some college exposure. You must be able to pass a background check and be available to start immediately.

Please reply by email to ksmith@stamfordmuseum.org, jgromoko@stamfordmuseum.org for immediate consideration and include your resume. You may also apply in person at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903.

Visitor Services Team Members

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is looking for Part Time employees for our Visitor Services staff. 

Visitor Services responsibilities include: welcoming the public, providing information about the Museum's activities and exhibitions and directing visitors to locations, activities and events.

You will become knowledgeable about the exhibitions and all other aspects of our offerings, engaging in conversation with the public in a positive, informed manner.  

Responsibilities may include ensuring the care of museum exhibits; paying special attention to the objects that should not be touched by the public, taking admission fees or checking membership status, selling memberships, handling phone inquiries from the public and assisting with merchandise sales. Must be able to handle cash box and cash reconciliation and have good computer skills, pleasant phone voice and good communication skills.

You may help with set-up for special events or receptions that involve the exhibition galleries or the Great Hall and must maintain order, cleanliness, and neatness of hands-on activity area, our gift shop and main lobby. A lively work environment, these positions requires flexibility, strong interpersonal skills and a customer service orientation

Part time hours available are primarily daytime weekdays and weekends to include Holidays, Family Days and Special Events generally covering less than 20 hours per week.  

To express interest in these positions:

e-mail your resume to botoole@stamfordmuseum.org or stop by the lobby reception desk and fill out an employment application.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.