Part-time work for outdoorsy science-minded retired teacher?
January 21, 2014 3:27 PM Subscribe
My mom is 65. She's been teaching math & science at a high school for years. She's getting ready to retire, and would like to work (not just volunteer) part-time for a few years.
Tutoring is an obvious choice. But she'd rather explore something else. What other part-time gigs might be a good fit? Of note: she is a total badass. Super sharp. Athletic. Loves to travel. Has been known to take off on long bike adventures/kayak trips/etc. Seeking something delightful to feed her mind/body.
posted by red_rabbit to Science & Nature (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some of her interests:
1. All things outdoors. She loves nature + working with her hands. This is a person who had her own chainsaw when we were growing up. Loves to garden. Created/keeps a greenhouse at the school where she teaches. What kind of part-time farm/conservation type work doesn't require heavy manual labor? What is there beyond summer opportunities for college kids to do trail maintenance? Something that also involves science research could also be an option.
2. Something involving teaching…but way cooler than tutoring/more public school teaching! Special crazy gifted school advisor? Kayaking instructor? Bike-tour-giver? Wilderness guide of sorts?
3. Working with kids. Maybe littler ones again (elementary school?). She's got an enormous heart and a knack for connecting. But years of working with kids at a very rough school is starting to take a toll on her spirit. Needs to be a delightful energy-giving deal, not a draining one.
4. Other interests: biology, dancing, all things literary, humor
Ideally, this job could help her find a community of like-minded souls. She's somewhat isolated in a Westchester County suburb outside of NYC at the moment. Friends her own age can't keep up; friends who are younger are busy with work and families and the rest.