Early Childhood Educator

Monday, August 23, 2021 2:55 PM | Anonymous member

Early Childhood Educator

Organization: Verdi EcoSchool

Job Description:

The Verdi EcoSchool is seeking a dynamic, energetic and forward-thinking early elementary educator with proven experience in inquiry and student-directed learning to facilitate a nature- and place-based education. The collaborative educator will be responsible for all aspects of the students’ experience and for developing strong partnerships with parents.


The ideal candidate has a love and knowledge of nature and the outdoors and enjoys educating children from 4 to 7 years of age in a mixed group learning community. The candidate will embrace the mission of the school, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, function very effectively as a member of a collaborative teaching team, engage enthusiastically with families and other members of the school community, and embrace the opportunities and challenges of teaching in an innovative start-up school. Specializations in structured literacy and Conscious Discipline are highly preferred. Organization, reliability, flexibility, composure, strong work ethic, and a love of being in nature are key to the role.



  • Develop place-based lessons that reflect the needs of the children, the standards of project-based learning, and the mission of the Verdi EcoSchool.
  • Implement policies and procedures.
  • Design and set up the classroom space.
  • Responsible for cleanliness of indoor and outdoor classroom spaces each day.
  • Obtain necessary supplies and materials.
  • Manage and adjust the annual program budget
  • Work with Marketing & Development staff to promote the school’s programs.
  • Work toward growing and expanding the scope of Verdi EcoSchool’s offerings.
  • Oversee and improve the programs currently offered by the school.


  • Serve as a collaborative/team educator for the Journeys (early childhood) program.
  • Generate and archive weekly lesson plans that focus on students’ interests and submit to administration per accreditation requirements.
  • Assess and evaluate the effectiveness and success of educational programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant governmental rules and regulations.
  • Train and apply positive skills in managing behaviors in line with Conscious Discipline.
  • Lead workshops for parents in best practices in student-led learning.
  • Design and teach engaging summer experiences.


  • This position reports to the administration of the Verdi EcoSchool.
  • This position meets weekly with their program team, weekly 1:1 with a member of the administration, monthly with the collaborative educators of the school’s other programs, monthly with all school staff, and monthly with all parents.


  • Interview, train, direct, schedule, supervise, and evaluate Interns, or Volunteers as needed to infuse programs with art, music, dance, etc.
  • Help to draft and oversee the school budget.


  • Plan and facilitate parent and volunteer involvement in programs.
  • Participate in Verdi EcoSchool staff meetings and special events to ensure connection with the rest of the staff and members.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Education, Reading Education, or Nature-Based Education (Master’s preferred).
  • Working knowledge of basic natural history/ecology concepts.
  • Experience teaching children ages four to eight for 3 or more years in a school setting, preferably using structured literacy (Orton-Gilligham approaches), project-based learning, and/or place-based learning.
  • Experienced and comfortable immersing children in nature.

Strong planning, organizing, and management skills.

Experience supervising staff and volunteers.

Demonstrated verbal and written skills.


  • Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for students in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Able to identify local natural hazards such as poison ivy, wasps, fire ants, dangerous snakes, etc.
  • Demonstrate positive and proactive communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Spend three or more hours outdoors with students each day during all seasons, except in extreme/dangerous weather- such as high winds, extreme cold, etc.
  • Successful candidates will need to pass a background check and remain current on First Aid/CPR certifications.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $35,000.00 - $50,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday
  • COVID-19 considerations:
  • Appropriate COVID-19 protocols/policies are guided by CDC and FDOH recommendations.


  • Associate (Required)
  • Experience: Early Childhood Education: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Childcare: 3 years (Preferred)
  • License/Certification: CPR Certification (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

Work Remotely: No

How to Apply:

Complete application at www.verdiecoschool.org/workwithus

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