This job has expired

Lead Forest School Teacher

Little Earthlings Forest School
San Francisco, California, US
Closing date
May 31, 2022

View more

Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.
All Outdoor Forest Preschool Summer (& Beyond) Instructor

All Outdoor preschool summer sessions. Type:

Full Time, 8.45am - 3:30pm

$21.50 - $25 / hour

Session 1 two weeks - June 6th -17th

Session 2 two weeks - June 20st - July 1st

Vacation July 4th - 8th

Session 3 two weeks - July 11th - 22rd

Session 4 ONE WEEK - July 25th - 29th

First Day Of Fall Semester - August 15th (following SFUDC calendar)

Little Earthlings Forest School is seeking a Forest Preschool Summer into 2022-2023 academic year Instructor for our all outdoor program in San Francisco parks and beaches.

Applicants for summer only are welcome to apply.

As one former teacher described it, "It's completely magical!"

At Little Earthlings Forest School, we strive to nurture the whole child. We understand that they are new on Earth and learning what it means to be themselves and to be here. We believe that a wonderful childhood starts with imaginative play and a supportive community; with a meaningful connection to nature and wildlife; with vigorous physical work and nourishing food; with simple rhythms and consistency; with feeling at home in the forest and beach. Learn more about us here.

Little Earthlings Forest School is a powerful counter-balance to the increasing electronic presence in the lives of young children. We provide and all year all outdoor experience with the Earth. Children climb trees instead of structures, get wet and muddy, learn to become strong and self sufficient, anticipate and plan for eventualities, plant seeds and pull grass, collect flowers and learn herb lore, identify trees, animal species, and explore on and off trail through all seasons. Child led, nature based, experiential learning provided, supported and protected by you.

Are you a forest school teacher?

Do you love to be outside all, in all weathers, (mostly sunny) working with 3, 4 and 5 year old new earthlings, navigating the journey of discovery of self, of friendships and of the world?

Promising candidates may earn full time Lead Teacher positions for the Fall semester, starting August 16th.

Duties with Children

Make sure the children are safe and and supported

Leave space for the children by not filling it with too much talking or direction

Interact with children in a positive, supportive, respectful and open-minded manner

Maintain visual and auditory supervision of children at all times to ensure their safety in the forest, the park playgrounds, and on field trips.

Use positive, appropriate and supportive language with children

Observe children's behavior and learning, and scaffold experiential learning based on those observations

Help children resolve and negotiate conflicts when they arise; support development of self regulation, impulse control and coping mechanisms through supporting conflict resolution; use consistent techniques in guiding children's behavior

Work closely with Director regarding all duties

Parent Relations

Model Developmentally Appropriate Practices for parents

Communicate in a positive, supportive and professional manner

Maintain confidentiality in terms of children, staff, and parents when communicating with parents

Collaborate with parents regarding group projects, class activities and children's interests

Staff Relations

Establish and maintain a positive relationship of cooperation, communication, and respect with co-workers

Contribute to the development of community among staff

at an appropriate time, communicate directly with fellow staff when conflicts arise

use conflict resolution technique rather than avoidance

communicate concerns and resolution to the Director

Participate in staff meetings (TBD) discussions and group process, collaborate with other staff in development of ideas and understandings

Communicate with fellow staff regarding discussions about children

Professional Expectations

Be on Time, ready, and eager

Positively project the mission, goals, philosophy and policies of the preschool to parents, staff and community

Work to increase skills and knowledge in early childhood education

Desired Qualifications

Minimum 12 ECE units in the core subjects (Child Development, 3 units; Child, Family, and Community, 3 units; ECE Curriculum, 3 units; ECE Principles and Practice, 3 units).

One to two years preschool teaching experience

Loves working with young children and is energetic and passionate about working one-on-one with children, as well as with groups of children.

Able to work cooperatively and collaboratively in an all outdoor, forest setting, and open and flexible to new ideas.

Active in the field of early childhood education, child development, forestry, environmentalism, conservation, herbology, any and all Earth based / nature based wisdom or knowledge, and knowledgeable about community resources that can be tapped as enrichment activities for students and parents.

Current Emergency First Aid and Child CPR certificate; (or willing to obtain quickly) current health screening and negative T.B. test.

Prior experience working in a an all outdoor setting is a plus.

Salary: Competitive, and Based upon Experience ($21.5 - $25/hour)

Hours: See below for Summer schedule

Full-time position requires 6.45 hours a day from 8:45 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

The school day is 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Early arrival is to welcome children and families. Remaining until 3:30 is to assist children and families departing.


Please submit your resume along with a cover letter telling us why you are interested in joining our team.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $21.50 - $25.00 per hour

The paid holidays are the same as the Federal Benefits employees package, and day off follow the San Francisco Unified School District calendar.

PAID HOLIDAYS: The Federal Government observes 10 holidays per year providing for several "long weekends" per year:
  • New Year's Day - January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday - 3rd Monday in January
  • Presidents Day - 3rd Monday in February
  • Memorial Day - last Monday in May
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - 1st Monday in September
  • Columbus Day - 2nd Monday in October
  • Veterans Day - November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day - 4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day - December 25

Employees earn 1 hour of PAID SICK LEAVE for every 30 hours worked.
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert