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Forest School Teacher

Trackers Earth Forest School

Portland, OR, USA

Full time


Mar 21

Forest School blends exceptional academics with outdoor education. We are a school of community and nature, fostering connection to the land. Teachers inspire limitless enthusiasm and a genuine curiosity for learning. Students learn through collaborating with peers.

Focusing on naturalist studies, we develop learning competencies that last a lifetime. We go beyond nature play, as students forage wild foods, build forest skills and learn natural crafts. Our school thrives through all the seasons of the year. Kids grow with the land, plants, and animals who share our world.

Job Summary

As a Forest School Teacher you contribute to a new way of education. Meet the academic needs of our students in multi-disciplinary, hands-on outdoor environments. Center our school through community and connection to nature. Guide students to embark on inspiring adventures for learning. Work with the Forest School Principal and Leadership to cultivate a learning community founded on in-depth awareness, animal tracking, and nature connection.

You are a full-time educator guiding a cohort of students with a small student to teacher ratio to learn outdoors the majority of our days. We combine academics, natural sciences, and outdoor skills to build and implement leading-edge program content. Collaborate on curriculum and essential resources to teach youth. Join a seasoned, dedicated, and expert team. Be part of moving school year education outdoors and towards its greater potential. Join us in guiding kids to reclaim childhood, competency, and their connection to the wild!

Forest School serves K-8 students, teaching and guiding kids outdoors. We seek to empower youth to take charge of their own learning. We aim to exceed academic standards by forging competency and critical thinking. Our mission: connect kids to community, nature, and many generations beyond us.

Opportunity & Values
Diversity of cultures and representation is vital to the well-being of our students, families, and staff while fostering our powerful learning community and cultivating an ongoing inclusive curriculum. We encourage educators from every background and culture to apply. Your brilliant, original, and strong experience and skill sets are essential to us in changing the world together and for the better!


Plan curriculum, teach, and coordinate Portland Forest School programs.
Track, record, and disseminate student report cards and student progress reports to parents and Portland Forest School administration.
Schedule and deliver Parent Teacher Conferences throughout the school year.
Write, record, and disseminate unique Forest School curricula and lesson plans.
Ensure lessons and curriculum meet Oregon State standards for the students in the Teacher’s assigned cohort.
Provide fun, engaging, and safe experiences for students and fellow co-workers.
Train, mentor, and co-teach with fellow Portland Forest School Teachers.
Recognize, mitigate, and respond to hazards to ensure a healthy and safe program for all staff and participants.
Ensure lessons for each grade are developmentally appropriate and engaging and meet Oregon State Standards.
Maintain and safeguard confidential information.
Communicate health and safety information clearly and effectively to the Forest School Principal, Office Camp staff, other Teachers, Educators, Assistants, and other staff.
Evaluate the performance of and provide feedback to and about all Portland Forest School staff verbally as often as possible with the goal of making programs better and more impactful.
Evaluate the performance of and provide feedback with the goal of making programs better and more impactful to and about any direct reports, co-teachers, assistant teachers in writing at the conclusion of the week.
Organize, analyze, and respond to parent surveys with the Portland Forest School Principal and other Teachers for all Portland Forest School grades.
Safely operate motor vehicles to transport students and co-workers.
Fulfill assigned duties in an emergency situation.
Ensure teaching spaces, offices,, and restrooms are cleaned regularly by staff and are safe and healthy at all times.
Ensure the health and safety of students and staff.
Assist with staffing interviews as needed.
Staff and facilitate marketing events as needed.
Work with facilities staff to maintain facilities in good operational order.
Maintain equipment and teaching supplies for the program.
Perform other duties as assigned.


Completed Vaccinations for COVID-19 (verification required)
Over 3 years experience in Education or Outdoor Education and skills focuses.
Accredited teacher training or the equivalent professional teaching experience.
Outdoor safety background and skill set.
Outdoor skills experience preferred, focusing on bushcraft, foraging, and fishing.
Must be physically able to lead students in hikes of up to 5 miles in a day.
Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.
Second language abilities in addition to English (Spanish, Mandarin/Cantonese) preferred. Native speakers preferred
Enthusiasm about working in an inclusive environment which serves children of all backgrounds and abilities
Demonstrated cultural competency and experience working with diverse populations, including communities of color, immigrants, and underserved communities.
Must be a licensed driver with 3 years driving experience and a clean driving record.
Requires driving 15 passenger buses or vans, trailers, or large school buses (depending on licensure) with children for up to four hours at a time.
Add-on pay available for Class B Commercial Drivers License, with Airbrake and Passenger Endorsements. We can help you obtain this.

Forest School, Portland, OR

Salary Information:

With CDL Class B (we help you train to get this)
School Year Salary $36,380 school year
Optional Add-On $7,520 per 8 weeks of Trackers Summer Camp
Total with Summer Add-On $43,900

No CDL Class B
School Year Salary $34,220 school year
Optional Add-On $5,960 per 8 weeks of Trackers Summer Camp
Total with Summer Add-On $40,180

About Trackers Forest School

Trackers Forest School was founded within Trackers Earth and its family of programming. Since 2004, kids and extended families in all their forms have journeyed on adventures with Trackers Earth and our Guides. We share the Arts of Tracking through stewardship and enduring outdoor skills. We commit to developing opportunity by respecting the diverse cultures and values of every Guide, youth, and family serving with us. We endeavor to grow with families for the increased accessibility of these experiences. We define ourselves by an ever deeper kinship to the more than human world, multi-generational character, and the principles discovered and found in the quietest moments with the forest.

Please apply on our company website: https://trackersearth.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=86

You can also email us at: employment@trackersearth.com

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