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Infant-Kindergarten Teachers at Forest Garden School

The Treehouse: a Forest Garden School

Milwaukie, OR, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Feb 19

Who We Are
Our core intention at The Treehouse: a Forest Garden School is to develop whole human beings by surrounding them with an environment of beauty, security, creativity, and wonder. We have just launched and expanded to a new location in Milwaukie OR, after 11 years in inner SE Portland. With this move, we are expanding from 1 to 3 classrooms and inhabiting about 1/4 acre of green space to host a brilliant outdoor classroom, complete with an emerging food forest, permaculture learning garden, and more.
We are looking to hire teachers to join our program over the next year+ as we open up new classes.

Benefits: 40 hrs Paid Time Off. All full-time teachers will be salaried (receiving about 23 paid days off a school year) and we will be offering other benefits for the 2022-2023 school year. If certain benefits are a must for you, and you are looking to start this school year, please still inquire! We are constantly working on staff benefit improvements!

Commitment: We ask for a minimum of a 1-year commitment for Co-Teachers and a 2-year commitment for Lead Teachers.


Acorn Class: 6 weeks - 23 months: We follow the RIE pedagogy
This class is opened up on January 3rd, and we are looking to add one more Co-Teacher
Co-Teacher: full-time or part-time. Starting at $18/hr (Salary will be based on hours scheduled)
Sapling Class: 2 and 3 year-olds
This class is opening up in the Summer or Fall of 2022, depending on staffing and Summer program enrollment.
Co-Teacher: full-time or part-time. Starting at $18/hr (Salary will be based on hours scheduled)
Lead -Teacher: Full time. Starting at $22/hr (Salary will be based on hours scheduled)
Oak Class: Preschool & Kindergarten (3-6-year-olds)
This class opened up the Fall of 2020 and we are looking to hire new staff as we grow:
Co-Teacher: full-time or part-time. Starting at $18/hr (Salary will be based on hours scheduled)
Co- Lead Teacher: Part - Full Time. Starting at $20-22/hr based on experience and education (Salary will be based on hours scheduled)

Assistant Teacher:
Starting this Summer or Fall. May begin immediately as a Substitute or Oak Co-Teacher
$16-$18/hr depending on experience and education
Full time. Supports all 3 classes and teachers during the day.
Gives 10 min and 30 min breaks to teachers

Required certificates include (may be obtained upon employment):
Pediatric CPR and 1st Aid Certificate
Oregon Food Handlers Card
Enrollment in the Background Registry
Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety (ICCHS)
Safe Sleep Training
Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
Additional RIE infant training is needed in the infant classroom and may be obtained after hiring.

Knowledge of and/or experience in a Waldorf early childhood environment is highly sought after!

All Co-Teacher and Lead Teachers must be “Teacher Qualified” through the Early Learning Division Requirements on Page 27

Application Instructions
Please email required application materials (see below) with the email subject titled "Co-Teacher or Lead Teacher Applicant" to our Director, Desirae, at thetreehousenursery@gmail.com.

**Please Note: Applications will be dismissed if any of the following is negated.**
Please do not call the school to follow up - we do not have a receptionist.

Application Materials Include:
1) Resume
2) Names and phone numbers of three work and/or teaching-related references
3) Cover letter with answers to the following:

How has your experience prepared you for the responsibilities of this position?
We follow the Waldorf philosophy and teach through a child-directed curriculum. How would your approach to working with toddlers and preschoolers combine with ours?
We encourage our whole staff to use their interests to enrich the overall experience we provide to both children and families. How could your interests and skill set enrich our program?
If applying for Infant care: What is your knowledge and experience of RIE?

After an interview, qualified applicants will show the ability to foster and lead a healthy working environment through some personality and strength profiling, a team Q & A session, and a skills assessment.

**Please review our website before applying.**

About The Treehouse: A Forest Garden School

The Treehouse: a Forest Garden School is a nonprofit Waldorf-inspired program for children 6 weeks - 6 years, established in 2010. After a recent move and expansion from an in-home school, we are now stewarding a 1/4 acre just outside of Portland, Oregon where we are developing a food forest, permaculture learning garden, and offer a holistic education for children to truly thrive! Our core intention at The Treehouse is to develop curiosity by surrounding children with an environment of security, beauty, creativity, and wonder. We are a place where children learn to love themselves, others, and the earth as we engage the head, heart, and hands of each child. At The Treehouse, we support the child, their family, and their community. With our recent expansion to our new center, we have plans to start adult education through community workshops! We offer a unique opportunity for families as a state-certified center providing an indoor classroom dedicated to beauty and a fully equipped outdoor classroom in our forest garden where children will be outside in all weather for up to 6 ½ hours a day. Offering high-quality outdoor education has us pushing the envelope on what state-licensed schools typically offer. Treehouse’s program follows the local school year calendar for children 6 weeks - 6-year-olds and offers a Forest School Summer Program for children through the age of 12. We are eternally grateful for the resources that we have the opportunity to steward and have us striving to give back from our abundance.

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