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: 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: 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.