Nature Preschool Teaching Positions Available
2017 - 2018 School Year


Stokes Nature Center's Preschool Philosophy

At SNC's Nature Preschool we believe that children are intrinsically motivated to learn. Our teaching staff promote learning by:

  • Providing an environment which encourages discovery, experimentation, and the opportunity to see the results of one’s actions.
  • Developing activities that encourage growth based on each child's abilities and interests.
  • Encouraging problem-solving and reflection by asking open-ended questions and providing information in response to each child's ideas, insights, and concerns.
  • Assisting children in their interactions with each other and offering opportunities for cooperative learning.
  • Appreciating the individuality of children and families and celebrating diversity.

Preschool Teacher Description:

The Preschool Teacher works closely with the preschool staff, guiding the students in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. We expect all preschool staff to uphold the philosophy of Nature Preschool as well as Montessori principles in a mostly outdoor setting.

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 fund raising 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 chaperons.
  • 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
  • Must be comfortable remaining outdoors for extended periods of time, in all seasons
  • Prior preschool/early childhood experience is required
  • Current CPR, AED, and First Aid and Food Handlers certification is required or willingness to become certified within two weeks of employment.
  • Background check required
  • A degree in early childhood education is recommended, but not required
  • Nature education and Montessori experience is preferred, but not required
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position (i.e., gentle daily hikes with children, 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

Hours and Compensation:

  • Pay range: $7.50 to $10.50 per hour depending on experience
  • Maximum of 16 - 18 hours per week
  • 20% Off SNC merchandise and programs

Start Date: August 21st

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter with three references to our Nature Preschool Director:                                            Sadie Enright:  Inquiries may also be emailed to Sadie.