KITE'S NEST IS HIRING!


Kite’s Nest is a center for liberatory education in Hudson, NY. We create safe and supportive learning environments that nurture the confidence, skills, joy, and collective leadership of young people while building justice and equity in our communities. We teach to provide much-needed spaces of hope, healing, and safety for youth to engage in relevant and joyful learning, to support young people in finding their own meaningful paths forward, and to contribute to radically positive personal, social and structural transformation. We work in a deeply collaborative environment that is committed to embodying the values that we seek to foster in the world. Everyone who joins our core staff or our teaching staff will become part of a family of educators, activists, thinkers and artists who are entirely committed both to our work with young people and to nurturing a healthy and supportive organizational culture. 

We are hiring for these positions (click or scroll down to read full descriptions):


Position: Administrative and Operations Coordinator
Dates: Flexible start date, May-June
Application deadline: April 12, 2019
 

We are a small organization, currently run by a core of 2 full-time and 3 part-time staff members; each semester we are joined by a host of educators and volunteers. We are looking for a full-time Administrative & Operations Coordinator to join our team. We are looking for someone with excellent organizational skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and experience with state grant compliance and reporting. We prefer someone with skills in graphic design, PR and/or social media. We are looking for a candidate who works efficiently and independently, while also engaging in a deeply collaborative environment. They must be adaptable, positive and comfortable interacting with children and families.

The Kite’s Nest Administrative and Operations Coordinator will play a vital role in the organizational ecosystem. They are responsible for running a well-organized office, managing program registration, as well as providing key support to each of our leadership staff. This includes managing incoming communications, client and donor data systems, materials and supplies purchasing and accounts, scheduling, billing, student enrollment, independent contractor paperwork, documentation systems, marketing & PR, and overseeing maintenance of Kite’s Nest’s equipment and supplies. Additionally, they will assist with our fundraising campaigns, including social media, email, direct mail and thank you cards. They will also assist with grant reporting and compliance. The Administrative and Operations Coordinator will work most closely with Kite’s Nest’s Executive Director and will participate in weekly staff meetings.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • An alignment with Kite’s Nest core values and a personal commitment to anti-oppression work.

  • High level of organization and impeccable attention to detail, complemented by the ability to see the big picture.

  • An affection for systems and spreadsheets, and a special knack for details.

  • Strong proficiency with basic web applications and computer software, at ease with technology, and able to learn quickly. Proficiency with some of the following programs preferred, but not required: Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Lightroom); Squarespace; MailChimp; CRM Database software (we use NationBuilder) and common social media platforms. Must be proficient in Google Applications, Microsoft Office Suite and Mac Operating Systems.

  • Excellent communication skills, including both written communication skills (ability to communicate clearly in writing; ability to respond clearly and reliably to email) and verbal communication skills (ability to communicate respectfully and directly)

  • Experience with state or government grant reporting and compliance. (Knowledge of NYS Grants Gateway desired.)

  • Ability to work independently -- to manage your own time, tasks, and projects -- as well as to work as part of a collaborative team.

  • Flexibility, and comfort working in a small organization; willingness to help with a range of tasks and a shifting workflow throughout the year.

  • Creative problem-solving skills and ability to both learn quickly and ask for help when needed.

  • Desired, but not essential: fluency in languages other than English (especially Spanish or Bengali).


Responsibilities include:

  • Administrative, Finance, HR, and Compliance (approx. 35% of role)

    • Serve as first point of contact at KN, via managing main phone and email accounts.

    • Interact with families and visitors coming to the office with questions

    • Manage office and facilities systems and maintenance, incl. purchasing equipment and supplies, and managing cleaning and repair contractors.

    • Maintain, administer and train others on effective use of software platforms and systems, including Nationbuilder, Mailchimp and Airtable.

    • Contribute to the development and integration of new administrative systems and processes as appropriate.

    • Maintain and update operations manual to reflect administrative protocol.

    • Provide direction to staff on operational procedures and policy interpretation.

    • Develop, maintain, update, and implement staff and teacher handbook, incl. policies and procedures.

    • Serve as point of contact with HR service, produce contracts and paychecks for independent contractors

    • Ensure compliance with federal and state labor laws.

    • Ensure that staff update job descriptions (annually), and work plans (monthly) and maintain yearly organizational calendar.

    • Assist with bookkeeping systems: coordinate expense reporting/receipt tracking from staff, prepare materials for bookkeeper (bi-weekly).

    • Coordinate volunteer intake systems and manage occasional administrative volunteers

  • Direct Assistance to Executive Director and Leadership Staff (approx. 10% of role)

    • Assist with scheduling appointments and meetings, as well as assist with preparation and logistics for meetings, including Board and staff meetings.

    • Maintain deadline calendar and reminder system for grant and reporting deadlines, donor communications, etc

    • Assist with scheduling and communication logistics for lead staff

    • Assist with event logistics and details for expositions, donor events, and other events.

  • Program Operations and Enrollment (approx. 15% of role)

    • Manage admissions and registration process.

    • Communicate with families regarding financial aid, payment and billing.

    • Compile demographic data for students and financial aid

    • Manage attendance and program evaluation records, and coordinate use of data analysis for learning and improvement.

    • Plan and serve as on-site support for program logistics and special events; program transportation; coordinate space use.

    • Assist Education Director with administrative tasks as needed.

  • Documentation, Communications and Marketing Assistance (approx. 15% of role)

    • Event and program promotion: Press releases and posting to event listings, blogs etc.

    • Weekly uploading and archiving of photos in Adobe Lightroom

    • Selection, editing and organizing of photos for social media and website

    • Possible responsibility depending on skill set: Social media coordination, content and posting

  • Development Assistance (25% of role)

    • Data entry for donor CRM systems

    • Manage thank you card system and tracking

    • Manage logistics of annual direct mail campaign

    • Assist ED with development and management of Capital Campaign

    • Support with grant applications and reports, including research assistance, document management and data coordination.

    • Manage state and government grant compliance and reporting processes.

  • Additional tasks as directed by Leadership Staff.


This is a full-time position.
Pay is commensurate with experience and a benefits package will be provided, including health, vision and dental insurance, paid vacation time, professional development and free Kite’s Nest program tuition for employee’s children.

Please email the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org to apply:

  • A cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position, our organization and your relevant experience.

  • Resume

  • Names and contact information for at least 3 professional references.


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Food Coordinator for Summer Social Justice Program
Duration: July 1, 2019 - August 12, 2019, plus orientation day (date TBD)
Application deadline: April 5, 2019
 

Every year we run the Social Justice Leadership Academy (SJLA), a five-week summer leadership training for 30 teenagers based on the principles of social justice and youth-led change. SJLA combines transformative political education with hands-on arts programming to support young people in developing their visions and voices for change. Food is a core part of our program: we share the work of daily food preparation, celebrate our meals together, invite community members to join us around the table, and together learn about food justice and security.

We are seeking a Food Coordinator to join our team for this summer’s Social Justice Leadership Academy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepare daily lunches for 35 people for this five-week program, (Monday - Thursday), ensuring that meals are on time according to program schedule.

  • Participate in periodic planning meetings before July 1st, (remotely if necessary).

  • Plan menus, making sure that our meals are both high-quality, healthy, and also appealing to teenagers.

  • Work with teens to assist in all kitchen operations, including meal preparation, serving, dishwashing, cleaning and kitchen maintenance.

  • Create a kitchen environment that is professional, productive, clean and safe, while also being fun, welcoming and supportive to youth.

  • Work with Kite’s Nest Executive Director to manage kitchen budget, place orders, process food donations and manage inventory.

  • Collaborate to prepare meals for field trips and special events, including a large community event at the end of the program.

  • Collaborate to lead workshops around culinary arts and/or food security/justice (optional).

  • Must be able to work in a hot kitchen and lift boxes of food weighing up to 40 lbs.


Ideal candidates for this position have:

  • Experience working in a commercial kitchen environment.

  • Experience and comfort planning and preparing healthy meals for 35+ people.

  • An interest in working with teenagers, and a deep respect for youth; experience working with youth strongly preferred.

  • A belief in food as a tool for building community, and a passion for food justice.

  • An interest in being part of the Social Justice Leadership Academy, a program that is powerful, meaningful, and transformative for everyone involved.

  • A sense of humor and ability to create a joyful kitchen environment.

  • An ability to make incredibly delicious food!

This position ranges from 25-30 hours per week, from July 1, 2019 - August 12, 2019, Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend runs to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Pay is $18/hr.

Please email the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org to apply:

  • A cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position, your relevant experience, and your favorite foods to make.

  • Your resume.

  • Names and contact information for at least 3 professional references.


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Civics Teacher
Dates: September 16, 2019 - December 15, 2019; One day per week (day TBD), 9:30am - 3pm
Application deadline: April 5, 2019


Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for a full-day course on government, politics, and peoples’ movements.
(See below for course description.)

Ideal candidates have:

  • Knowledge of the mechanics of how government works, from the local to the federal level.

  • Knowledge of different political and economic systems, and how people build power through movements and campaigns.

  • Experience teaching, designing curriculum, and leading creative activities for youth.

  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.

  • Classroom management experience, and the ability to work in a multi-age classroom (ages 8-14), supporting a range of development levels.

  • A respect for children, and an interest in Kite’s Nest’s mission, pedagogy, and work.

  • Ability to support students in practicing a democratic classroom.

  • Experience working in collaborative environments; ability to plan and lead classes with a co-teacher.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the lead teacher for this weekly full-day, semester-long course.

  • Planning weekly activities, field trips, curriculum and class materials.

  • Working closely with Kite’s Nest Education Director, meeting regularly to review learning goals and class plans.

  • Working closely with a collaborating teacher.

  • Creating a positive group learning environment, with a balance of structure and student agency, and independent and group learning.

  • Documenting student progress, providing class assessments, maintaining student portfolios and attending parent-teacher conference.

  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings.


Class description: The toxic national political atmosphere around us has reinvigorated student interest in civics and power. How does it all work? Together we’ll break down how the political systems around us function (and sometimes don’t!) We’ll study how the US government is organized, from the local to the federal level: understanding the branches of government, the process of creating bills and laws, the electoral college, and the roles of parties, interest groups, and corporations in our country. We’ll look at how the U.S. is organized, in comparison to other countries around the world, with different systems for representation. We’ll analyze the local election in Hudson to understand the basic mechanics of elections and voting. We’ll read core texts like the constitution, listen to songs from Hamilton, and ask: what’s possible in the world of government, and what are the limitations? Maybe we’ll make our own comic books and zines to make sense of different political and economic systems, like socialism, communism, capitalism, anarchism, and fascism; maybe we’ll practice different forms of democracy in our own classroom. Like any board game, we have to know the rules of government in order to play: we’ll play games and role plays to simulate election debates and council meetings, seeing what it feels like to participate and to speak up about the issues we care about. But when we learn about how power works in the world, sometimes we can feel powerless. So how do people make change? We’ll learn about moments in our history when ordinary people came together to change political structures, to hold governments accountable, and to make deep and large-scale change. We’ll learn about people’s movements and campaigns for justice that are happening today, all around us. We’ll explore some of the strategies and tactics of these movements, with a special eye towards the role of youth. Kids can’t vote, but they’re making change in powerful ways around the world. What difference can young people make, and what makes youth voices uniquely powerful? As a class we’ll uncover some of the issues we care most about, reflect on our own positions in the world, and learn ways to build power for positive social change. #politics #socialjustice #campaigns #movements #whatisdemocracy #youthpower

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience

  • Resume

  • Names and contact for 3 professional references

  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Woodworking Teacher (after school)
Dates: September 16, 2019 - December 15, 2019; One day per week (day TBD), 3:30pm-6pm
Application deadline: April 5, 2019


Kite’s Nest is seeking a teacher for an after school woodworking class, including a community service project. (See below for course description.)

Ideal candidates have:

  • Experience and expertise in the craft of woodworking.

  • Experience teaching/leading activities for youth, and designing/building small-scale woodworking projects with beginners.

  • Expertise regarding safety protocols and guidelines in training youth to use tools.

  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc. Strong time management skills are essential.

  • Skills in classroom management.

  • Experience fostering a classroom environment that honors social emotional learning.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a co-teacher for this weekly after school program.

  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to review class plans and progress.

  • Set up and clean up of classroom.

  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings


Class description: This class is an introduction to designing and building objects with wood, for ourselves and our communities. We’ll start from the beginning - in the forest, learning how trees are selected and harvested. We’ll visit a woodmill to watch trees become lumber. Back at Kite’s Nest we’ll make our own small projects, learning to measure, mark, cut, drill, drive, nail, sand, turn, fasten, join, bend, plane, and bevel. Learning to build our own stuff is a powerful skill - one that can help us to become more self-reliant and confident. But what do we build, and for who? In this class we’ll go beyond building things for ourselves, and dream big: working together to create a community service project for the people.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience

  • Resume

  • Names and contact for 3 professional references

  • A sample class plan outline


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Comics Teacher (after school)
Dates: October 28, 2019 - December 15, 2019; One day per week (day TBD), 3:30pm-6pm
Application deadline: April 5, 2019


Kite’s Nest is seeking a teacher for an after school comics class, called “Superhero Styles”. The class will be led in collaboration with a fashion-designer/costume-maker, and will use comics as a tool for storyboarding and character development. (See below for full class description.)

Ideal candidates have:

  • Passion for drawing comics or cartoons, and the world of comics

  • Experience designing curriculum and teaching/leading activities for youth ages 8-14.

  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.

  • Skills in classroom management.

  • Experience working in collaborative environments; ability to plan and lead classes with a co-teacher.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a co-teacher for this weekly after school program.

  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to review class plans and progress.

  • Set up and clean up of classroom.

  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings


Class description: Do you have a superhero alter ego? Have you ever dreamed of having super powers. If you were a superhero, what would your signature costume look like? In this class we’ll share stories about some of our funniest, most awkward, and proudest moments in life. We’ll use these stories to create alter egos and secret identities for ourselves, and then we’ll engage a range of artistic mediums -- drawing and illustration, visual storytelling, fashion design and costume-making -- to bring our alter egos to life. We’ll create comic books and graphic art to develop our characters’ powers and personalities, and to tell their stories. Then we’ll help our characters leap off the page, as we design and construct real-world capes, costumes, prints, props and logos. This class will draw its inspiration from the worlds of comic books, cosplay, fan art, and fashion design.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience

  • Resume

  • Names and contact for 3 professional references

  • A sample class plan outline


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Obstacle Course Teacher (after school)
Dates: September 16 2019 - October 25, 2019; Thursdays, 3:30pm-6pm
Application deadline: April 5, 2019


Kite’s Nest is seeking a co-teacher for an after school Obstacle Course class, for youth ages 8-14.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Passion for fitness, physical training, circuit training, obstacle courses, etc.

  • Experience in coaching and providing motivational support to youth

  • Experience teaching/leading activities for youth ages 8-14.

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Skills in classroom management.

  • Experience working in collaborative environments; ability to plan and lead classes with a co-teacher.

  • Low Ropes Training experience (a plus, not essential)


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a co-teacher for this weekly after school program.

  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to review class plans and progress.

  • Weekly set up and clean up.

  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings


Class description: Join us, if you dare! Each week we’ll encounter surprise challenges, designed to stretch our minds and bodies. Maybe we’ll face a blindfold maze, a DIY escape room, a scavenger hunt, an endurance race, capture the flag or a super soaker water challenge. We’ll hone our skills by playing team-building games, developing our abilities to communicate, listen, and to work collaboratively as a team. Rather than focus on winning, our goal will be to build friendships, and to come home proud of our accomplishments, exhausted, and happy at the end of each day!

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience

  • Resume

  • Names and contact for 3 professional references

  • A sample class plan outline with the goal of supporting a child to (1) push themselves outside of their comfort zone or (2) build new friendships.


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Spanish Language Teacher (daytime)
Dates: January 27, 2020 - May 31, 2020; One day per week (day TBD), 9:30am - 3:00pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for a weekly full-day, creative and interactive Spanish course for students between the ages of 8-14.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Fluency in Spanish.

  • Experience teaching, designing curriculum, and leading creative activities for youth.

  • A passion for creative approaches to teaching language, including interactive activities, field trips, arts projects, games, songs, etc.

  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.

  • Classroom management experience.

  • The ability to work in a multi-age classroom (ages 8-14), supporting a range of developmental levels.

  • A respect for children, and an interest in Kite’s Nest’s mission, pedagogy and work.

  • Connection to other Spanish-speakers in the community and region.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the lead teacher for this weekly full-day, semester-long course.

  • Planning weekly activities, field trips, curriculum and class materials.

  • Working closely with Kite’s Nest Education Director, meeting regularly to review learning goals and class plans.

  • Working closely with a collaborating teacher.

  • Creating a positive group learning environment, with a balance of structure and student agency, and independent and group learning.

  • Documenting student progress, providing class assessments, maintaining student portfolios and attending parent-teacher conference.

  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings.


Class description: Como se dice...? This class support students who want to learn and speak Spanish. “En Español” takes a creative and activity-based approach to teaching language. We’ll go on field trips, engage in arts activities, play games, read, write, sing, and work on personal projects --- all in Spanish! Each week we’ll spend the day together playing, laughing, and messing up in a language we’re learning together. All Spanish levels welcome. We’ll go on field trips to visit local community spaces and restaurants, learning about various Spanish-speaking cultures and histories around the world. We’ll meet with folks from the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement who are organizing with and for immigrants in our communities, and learn about the issues facing Spanish-speaking people in our own city and county. We’ll play games, watch movies, learn the Spanish words to our favorite songs, create art projects, make media, and perform skits and plays. All en Español! Throughout all of our games, activities and trips, we’ll build our vocabulary and grammar, develop basic skills in pronunciation and conversation, increase our ease with conjugating verbs and hone our ability to communicate across languages when we can’t understand. #culturalexchange #globalcitizens #sisepuede #amigos #cookinginspanish #bilingual

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Short Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience

  • Resume

  • Names and contact for 3 professional references

  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Architecture Teacher (after school)
Dates: January 27, 2020 - March 27, 2020; One day per week (TBD), 3:30pm-6pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for a weekly after school Architecture class for kids 8-14.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Expertise in design and architecture

  • Experience leading creative activities and group projects for youth

  • Skills in classroom management

  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.

  • Experience working in collaborative environments; ability to plan and lead classes with a co-teacher.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a co-teacher for this weekly after school program.

  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to review class plans and progress.

  • Set up and clean up of classroom.

  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings


Class description: How can young people be a part of designing our city? This creative after school architecture studio will invite youth to begin developing dreams and designs for Hudson’s future, with the future location of Kite’s Nest as our main site and inspiration. We’ll work with guest architects to engage in a series of mini-projects and challenges, as we develop the basics of design-thinking skills. We’ll go on architecture scavenger hunts, learning to notice aspects of our built and natural environments. We’ll spend time at the Kite’s Nest property to understand the site’s possibility and its limits. We’ll practice brainstorming ideas and sketching out our visions, from the pragmatic to the fantastical. We might design outdoor playscapes, treehouses, or our dream classrooms. We’ll learn to turn our ideas into architectural site plans, taking measurements and working with scale, and then we’ll transform our drawings into 3D models. We’ll learn how to work with key engineering principles, at a scale we can experiment with. At the end of the semester we’ll share our ideas, drawings, and models with the community  for feedback and input! This after school class will be an introduction to the fundamentals of architecture and design, and a real opportunity for young people to shape the future of the Kite’s Nest property and beyond.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience

  • Resume

  • Names and contact for 3 professional references

  • A sample class plan outline


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Creative Writing Teacher (after school)
Dates: January 27, 2020 - March 27, 2020; One day per week (day TBD), 3:30pm-6pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a co-teacher for an after school creative writing class for kids ages 8-14.

Ideal candidates have:

  • An interest in engaging writers of all ages and abilities in creative, joyful writing

  • Experience designing curriculum and teaching/leading activities for youth ages 8-14.

  • Skills in classroom management.

  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.

  • Experience working in collaborative environments; ability to plan and lead classes with a co-teacher.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a co-teacher for this weekly after school program.

  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to review class plans and progress.

  • Set up and clean up of classroom.

  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff training.


If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience

  • Resume

  • Names and contact for 3 professional references.

  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


Position: Wilderness First Aid (after school)
Dates: March 30, 2020 - May 31, 2020; One day per week (day TBD), 3:30pm-6pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a co-teacher for an after school Wilderness First Aid class for kids 8-14.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Expertise in and excitement about first aid and (basic) wilderness survival skills.

  • Comfort leading activities with youth in outdoor environments, and knowledge of best practices and protocols.

  • Experience teaching or leading activities for youth ages 8-14.

  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.

  • Interest in supporting children with little outdoor experience, and ability to work with/connect with youth from a range of backgrounds.

  • CPR, first aid, and wilderness education certifications ideal.

  • Valid Drivers’ License

  • Knowledge of Hudson area and surrounding flora and fauna.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a co-teacher for this weekly after school program.

  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to review class plans and progress.

  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings.


Class description
: How do we respond in emergency situations? What do we do when we get hurt? This class is a fun and hands-on introduction to wilderness skills and first aid. We’ll play games to learn how to respond to cuts, burns, stings, broken bones, allergies and accidents. We’ll role play situations to learn crisis and rescue skills. We’ll build our own first aid kits, create our own comic how-tos, and make our own herbal medicines. We’ll go on outdoor adventures, learning tips for not getting lost, how to signal for help, and how to stay warm. We’ll practice building igloos, forts, and other improvised shelters.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience

  • Resume

  • Names and contact for 3 professional references

  • A sample class plan outline


Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.