Preschool Teacher


The Preschool Teacher works closely with the Preschool staff, guiding the students in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being in the philosophical guidelines of the Nature Preschool and Montessori principles in a nature based setting.


Preschool Director and Director of Education

Responsibilities Include:

  • Collaboratively work with the Preschool staff to teach and develop curriculum and prepare the environment and materials.

  • Maintain strong positive relationships with preschoolers and parents

  • Maintain a safe and tidy preschool space, indoors and outdoors

  • Attend preschool meetings and staff meetings and take initiative in seeking out professional development opportunities

  • Participate in beginning school year prep, orientation, and end of school year clean up

  • Assist with special events and fundraising efforts


Daily Duties

  • Prepare parent-provided snack and assist with clean-up.

  • Assist in the Daily Sign-In & Out of students updating parents on daily activities when needed

  • Help monitor the safety of students while walking up and down the trail keeping them encouraged and engaged. Model trail safety for parent chaperones.

  • Share the responsibility for the safety and well-being of the children monitoring their whereabouts at all times

  • Use positive guidance and redirection when necessary

  • Model appropriate manners and behavior to help keep children calm, attentive, and safe.

  • Assist with transition periods including washing of hands and putting on outdoor gear while encouraging responsibility and independence

  • Report any incidents or concerns to Preschool Director, and parents when needed

  • Help with the maintenance of classroom inventory and student records keeping things clean and orderly

  • Guide and model proper stewardship for the outdoor space

  • Encourage teamwork, sharing, and friendship while respecting student’s needs to work alone

  • Model integrity, curiosity, responsibility, creativity, and respect for everyone as well as appreciation for diversity


Required Skills:

  • Must embrace the mission of Stokes Nature Center

  • Prior teaching experience is required

  • Background check required

  • Current CPR, AED, and First Aid and Food Handlers certification is required or willingness to become certified within two weeks of employment.

  • A degree in early childhood education is preferred but not required

  • Nature education and Montessori experience is preferred but not required

  • Must have the ability and willingness to meet the physical demands of the position (i.e., hike over rugged terrain, bending, kneeling, lift 50 pounds, teaching outdoors in all weather).

  • Exhibit positive and professional communication with children, parents, and staff

  • Maintain efficiency and orderliness in carrying out tasks

  • Must possess the ability to guide the children in a calm, encouraging, and consistent manner

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Sadie Enright, Nature Preschool Director, at with the subject line: Nature Preschool Teacher Application. Position open until filled. Questions can be addressed to or 435-755-5017.