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Nature Preschool Teacher (The Willowell Foundation)

Organization The Willowell Foundation
Location P.O. Box 314
Bristol, Vermont 05443

Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool Job Posting

Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool in New Haven, Vermont is seeking a teacher with a love for nature based, early childhood education. We are seeking an enthusiastic team member to guide our school as it moves into its second year as a full time program. Our nature-based preschool located in Addison County, Vermont is a full-time, five-day-per-week preschool,  for children ages 3-5. We’re looking for applicants with a desire to help lead and grow an already thriving program. This is an amazing opportunity for someone who cares about incorporating a love for working with young children with a passion and respect for the natural world. We are seeking outdoor educators and nature enthusiasts for this fun and collaborative work environment.

Job Summary: This three-day-a-week (20 hours) position runs with the Addison Northwest Supervisory District calendar. The Wren’s Nest Associate Teacher will work directly with students ages 3-5. They will collaborate with other staff members, attend trainings and events in the area, and assist the Director in keeping the program in good standing with STARS and Vermont State licensing regulations. The right candidate must have an early childhood education teaching license (or an early childhood special ed teaching endorsement). Experience in nature-based education and a love for the outdoors highly encouraged. 

About Wren’s Nest

The Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool, run by The Willowell Foundation, operated as a one-day-a-week, nature-based preschool from September of 2012- June 2018.  Wren’s Nest moved to Treleven Farm in New Haven, Vermont in August 2018. We are a licensed center-based program serving children ages 3-5. Treleven Farm has 135 acres of diverse ecosystems. At full capacity we have 10 to 15 students, and we accept Act 166 Pre-K funding.


  • An early childhood teaching license (or early special ed endorsement) and a combination of education and experience in a related field

  • Dedication to exploring the natural environment: a working knowledge of local flora, fauna, and seasonal changes to Vermont’s landscape

  • Experience working with young children from varying socio-economic backgrounds and with varying social/emotional needs

  • An interest in working as a team to develop curriculum and communicate with families about student progress/interests 

  • Ability to work in varied conditions of the Vermont weather, while ensuring the safety of children

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • The ability to adhere to and maintain strict licensing regulations, state credentials, and reporting requirements 

  • Age 20 years or older

  • Ability to successfully complete required background checks

 Responsibilities Include:

  • Co-creating daily curriculum that meets both the mission of the program and the VT early learning standards

  • Complying with and maintaining the programs compliance with the current CDD licensing regulations

  • Helping Director update and maintain communication with families via program blog, emails, and newsletters

  • Weekly lesson and event planning with other teachers, using TS Gold Teaching Strategies 

  • Daily maintenance and upkeep of classrooms and outdoor area, including taking trash and compost out, vacuuming, dishes, cleaning bathroom, and communicating with property manager about facility needs

  • Participating in annual parent-teacher conferences and occasional after-hours family events held throughout the year

  • Keeping up with Vermont education professional development standards by attending trainings and workshops throughout the year 


To apply email your resume, cover letter, and three references to


Date Posted July 9th, 2019
Deadline August 9th, 2019
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Education
Type Part Time
Compensation $19-$21 an hour
How to Apply To apply email your resume, cover letter, and three references to