Position: Forest Mentor for EPIC Learning Centre

Commitment: September 2021 to June 2022 

Location: Greater Victoria B.C. 


EPIC wants: more tree climbing, more gardens, more ritual, more Mother Earth warriors, more “wild in the child”, more respect, more bird song, more “I want to go to school today”, more soft hearts, more outdoor math, more curiosity, more salmon spawning, more free play, more sit spot time, more foraging, more no-trace lunches, more risk takers, more hide and seek, more tide pool school, more skill sharing, more respect for sacred spaces, more mud kitchen, more hugs, more public art, more science experiments, more laughter, more owl pellet dissection, more empathy, more critical thinking, more ways of knowing, more dance, more intergenerational learning, more gratitude, more wild bee sanctuaries, more smiles… 

EPIC Learning Centre is looking for a passionate individual with wilderness training and a Coyote Mentoring or 8-Shields background to co-lead fifteen K or Grade 1-3 learners in our innovative nature-based Distributed Learning program. The Mentor is an individual experienced in outdoor education, with a passion for ecological and botanical knowledge and a toolbox full of activities rooted in nature connection. 

EPIC Learning Centre operates three days/week with learners spending the majority of each day outdoors in the woods, fields and beaches of Greater Victoria, B.C. Some days, depending on the site, one to two hours of exploration and discovery happens indoors. 

The Mentor is an integral ‘space holder’ for learners. This individual facilitates the creation of a brave and empowering container for learners to thrive. A key role for this position is to support learners to connect to themselves, one another and the natural world. The mentor works along the BC Certified Teacher as a member of the EPIC Learning Team. 

You embody caring leadership that is both strong and warm with a desire to be the childrens’ compass point. (Is a compass point is when children look to you for support, information, direction, and wisdom.) You desire to build emotional safety within the “classroom” by: building the right kind of relationship with each student, protecting that relationship when things get tough, and responding to challenging behaviors in a supportive way to preserve a child’s emotional health.

Are you passionate about changing the way education traditionally happens? Do you love to get muddy from head to toe, pause to see a slug in action, know how to bring children into circle and incite connection and build community? We seek those with creative ideas about how to spark learning in a nature-rich environment.

To find out more, please download the full job description below.