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Thursday Lead Teacher

Updated: Aug 17

Are you our next Teacher for our Ahi- Ka Firekeepers Programme? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves? Put on your wet weather gear and lead our learners in all seasons, on the working farm and in the bush or by the sea. Are you an innovative questioner and reflector? Keen to empower and ignite students' skills and passions? Do you love animals and understand the value of healthy risk and camp craft skills?


About the role

This is an opportunity for a highly motivated, proactive and passionate person to be part of a growing and exciting network for this start-up and emerging social enterprise. Bush Farm Education is a truly special place. We teach strong socio-emotional skills in real-world settings using our local Bush Farm programme curriculum. Our learning environments are small, with a 1:10 ratio and up to 16 in one class. We are looking for someone to 1/ cater to neurodiverse learning styles and needs by applying various mentoring techniques, particularly numeracy, science, hard technology and oral literacy, 2/work in partnership with the Health and Safety Lead, report to the Director, and collaborate with our small team, classroom teacher/s and whānau, 3/ monitor and record on students holistic learning outcomes.

Skills and experience

- Be a registered teacher (ECE, Primary, Secondary)*.

- Have at least five years of experience establishing and nurturing mana-enhancing relationships with children.

- Think on your feet, with attention to detail.

- Be empathetic and respectful, and deliver excellent customer service.

- Problem-solving and time-management skills.

- Good administrative and IT skills (with knowledge of Microsoft suite of products).

- Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively as part of a team.

- Have a commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

- Current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate.

- A Full New Zealand driver's Licence and access to a car, laptop and internet.


It would be advantageous if you have the following:

- Outdoor experiences ( i.e.bushcraft) with a genuine "can-do attitude.

- Personal experiences in the skills of 'living off the land' and resourcefulness.

- Personal artistic skills: singing voice, handiwork skills, visual and performing arts.

- Organic/ regenerative agriculture skills and animal husbandry.

- Reggio, Montessori or Steiner background.

- Or a willingness to learn (any of the above).




This role is based at Allandale in Lyttelton Harbour. This contract role is for Thursdays (10 hours) and two hours of planning time, during Term 4 and may continue into next year for the right person. The hourly rate will range from $30- $40, depending on skills and experience. The contractor must comply with legislation, including managing your tax, ACC etc.


If you thrive in spaces that are new and exciting and you're passionate about real-world learning, send your CV and cover letter (or 3min video) about your story; what's your purpose and what drives you to do what you do! Please send your application no later than the 11th of September to info@bushfarm.org.nz.


If you are shortlisted, your next steps will be to 1/ come to an interview (on the 16th of September) and then 2/ observe and partake in our Ahi-Ka Firekeepers Programme on the 22nd and/ or the 29th of September.


* Other qualifications, such as Educational Psychologists or other specialists with relevant experience, may apply.


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