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: Spanish Language Teacher (daytime)
Dates: January 27, 2020 - May 31, 2020; One day per week (day TBD), 9:30am - 3:00pm
Application deadline: October 21, 2019


Kite’s Nest is seeking a co-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. (Note: if you have education experience and are comfortable (but not fluent) in Spanish, we still encourage you to apply!)

  • 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:

  • Co-teaching 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.

  • 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 #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 5-hour 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: Wilderness Skills (after school)
Dates: March 30, 2020 - May 31, 2020; One day per week (day TBD), 3:30pm-6pm
Application deadline: October 21, 2019


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.


Position: Spa Science (after school)
Dates: January 27 - May 31, 2020 (or through March, TBD). One day per week (TBD), 3:30pm - 6pm
Application deadline: October 21, 2019


Kite’s Nest is seeking a co-teacher for an after school “Spa Science” class. 

Ideal candidates have:

  • Expertise in herbalism, botany and biology, and experience making natural products (lotions, sprays, face masks, soaps and remedies).

  • Experience designing group projects and leading activities for youth ages 8-14.

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

  • A passion for self-care, community care, youth wellness and health justice.


Responsibilities include:

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

  • Collaborating to prepare weekly projects, activities, field trips and curriculum; set-up and clean up.

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

  • Sourcing/gathering materials and supplies.

  • Set up and clean up of classroom.

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


Class description
: Lemon balm, lavender and honey: in this class we will transform our classroom into our own weekly spa and apothecary, learning to take care of ourselves and each other by creating our own lotions, sprays, face masks, soaps and first aid kits. We’ll learn to identify plants and their healing properties, transforming plants into powerful and delicious medicines. We’ll go on foraging walks and field trips, meeting and learning from local herbalists and medicine-makers. Each week we’ll mix and make concoctions as we learn to take care of our own bodies and emotions, our friends and families, and each other.


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: Video Production / Animation teacher (after school)
Dates: January 27 - May 31, 2020. One day per week (TBD), 3:30pm - 6pm
Application deadline: October 21, 2019


Kite’s Nest is seeking a co-teacher for an after school “Music Image Studio” class. This class will combine music production & video production (simple video or stop motion animation) for youth ages 8-14. We have already hired a music educator for this class; we are now looking for someone with skills in the areas of visual arts, video production and/or stop motion animation.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Expertise producing films and stop motion animation 

  • A passion for youth arts, and an interest in music videos as an art form

  • Experience designing group projects and leading activities for youth ages 8-14.

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


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as co-teacher for this 7-session after school program.

  • Collaborating to prepare weekly projects, activities, and curriculum; set-up and clean up.

  • Meeting 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 ever catch yourself making up songs? Do you have a favorite music video? In this class we’ll dive into the art of music and music videos: exploring our favorite songs, the stories inside them, and the visuals that go with them. We’ll look at the history and evolution of music videos, discovering early illustrated songs, musical shorts, and soundies. We’ll research classic and iconic music videos that transformed the art form. We’ll discover new musical artists together, breaking down what makes us love our favorite songs. Inspired by what we hear, we’ll compose and record our own songs, individually and in groups. Then we’ll make short movies, working with multimedia animation to create visual styles, moods, and stories to accompany our songs. This is a class for music lovers, songwriters, performers, and artists of all kinds.

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.