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Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool Associate Licensed Teacher (The Willowell Foundation)

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

The Willowell Foundation is seeking a licensed pre-k teacher with a love for the outdoors and early education. This is an opportunity for someone who wants to incorporate a passion for working with young children with a knowledge and respect for the natural world. We are seeking someone who is  able and excited to spend their full days outside through all weather, guiding young children in safe, play-based, and emergent outdoors education.

Job Summary: This full time (40 hours) position runs with the Addison Northeast Supervisory District calendar. The Wren’s Nest Associate Teacher will work directly with students ages 3-5 in an immersive outdoor setting. 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 will have experience in nature-based education and a love for the outdoors.

About Wren’s Nest

The Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool, run by The Willowell Foundation, is a licensed 4 STAR program serving children ages 3-5. In August of 2021, the Wrens’ Nest Forest Preschool plans to move to a new site in Bristol on a farm with 10 acres of diverse ecosystems. We currently enroll 15 children a day from 8:30-2:30 with extended programming until 4:30. We do not have a fenced playground or typical play yard. The students and staff spend their days hiking, exploring and learning from the land. As weather permits, the students and staff play, eat and rest outdoors year round.


  • An early childhood or an early childhood special education endorsement license.  

  • Dedication to place-based education and a passion for exploring the natural environment. Candidates with a working knowledge of local flora, fauna,and seasonal changes to Vermont’s landscape will be given preference.

  • Experience working with young children from varying socio economic backgrounds

  • An interest in working as a team to develop curriculum and communicate with families

  • Strong time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks

  • The ability to work well as a team member, with a high level of flexibility

  • A love for the outdoors and a desire to explore and create with children

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

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

  • Strong knowledge in developing and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for preschoolers

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

  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate (by 9/21). 

  • 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 helping maintain the programs compliance with the current CDD licensing regulations

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

  • Weekly lesson and event planning with other teachers

  • 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

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Date Posted March 16th, 2021
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Community / public garden, Education, Farm to School programs
Type Full Time
How to Apply To apply, email your resume, cover letter, and three references to

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