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Infant-Kindergarten Teachers for Forest Garden School

The Treehouse: a Forest Garden School

Milwaukie, OR, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Feb 18

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 launched a new program 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 emerging food forest, permaculture learning garden and more.
We are looking to hire teachers to join our school over the next year to help us sustainably open up each classroom. We are looking for teachers that are able to enliven our students with the beauty of the natural world while providing a healthy, nurturing, creative and respectful environment for each child.


Infant and Toddler Teachers: We are hiring 1 Co-Teacher caring for up to 8, 6 weeks-24 month olds (1:4 ratio). This may be a full day or 1/2 day position. We follow the RIE pedagogy.

Start Date & Timeline: Spring 2022


Preschool & Kindergarten Teachers: We will be hiring a Lead and Co-Teachers to expand up our Preschool and Kindergarten classroom, caring for up to 20, 3-6 year olds (1:10 ratio) for the Fall of 2022. This may be a full day or 1/2 day position.

Toddler Teachers: We will be hiring a Lead and Co-Teachers to open up our Toddler class caring for up to 10 two year old students (1:5 ratio) for the Fall of 2022. This may be a full day or 1/2 day position.

Start Date & Timeline:
● Mandatory Staff Training and Prep options:
○ June of 2022 if coming on for Camps
○ August 21st 2022 if coming on for just the school year

Homemade vegetarian lunches and snacks; supplements, Paid Time Off. All full time teachers will be salaried.

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

About the Positions
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 infant training needed in the infant classroom.

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

Application Instructions
Please email required application materials (see below) with the email subject titled "Co-Teacher Applicant” or “Lead
Teacher Applicant" to 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 as
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:

1. How has your experience prepared you for the responsibilities of this position?
2. 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?
3. 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 enrich our program?
4. 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 submitting an application: www.thetreehousenurseryandpreschool.org

COVID-19 precautions
● Personal protective equipment provided or required
● Temperature screenings
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The Treehouse, a Forest Garden School
Portland, OR | Waldorf Inspired Early Childhood Education
● Social distancing guidelines in place
● Virtual meetings
● Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
● We are following all the Early Learning Divisions Safety and Cleaning procedures for Emergency Childcare during
COVID. We have been operating under the Emergency Childcare licence (a requirement for all schools right now)
since June 2020.

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