Job Openings & Opportunities

Do you love working with children?  Do you love to be outdoors in all kinds of weather?  Do you understand how powerful natural exploration and child led learning are?  Then Nature Based Education might be for you!  Stay tuned for more opportunities on this page.

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Nature Preschool Part-Time Teacher (posted 5-11-22), Dayton, OH

Are you passionate about nature-based, child-led education? Then join our teaching team at the Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool where we are eager to share our passion for building a community of lifelong learners and lovers of nature in our Reggio-Emilia inspired program. As a part of our team, you will have the opportunity to work with other educators who are passionate about engaging students in hands-on, project-based, learning experiences while immersed in the 85+ acres of farm and woodlands of the Learning Tree Farm. This position will include team-teaching a mixed-age group of  students, 2 days a week with a third day of preschool-aged community programming on the Farm. Additional hours are an option as part of the Learning Tree Farm Education Team if desired. Check out the full job description and requirements on our website at:   To apply submit a cover letter and resume to the Education Director at by May 20, 2022.

Outdoor Assistant Teacher AND Assistant Teacher position 2 OPENINGS! (posted 3-28-22), Solon, OH

Play and Prep Preschool offers outdoor and traditional preschool classes for students that are 2-5 years old. The goal of our nature based program is to foster development of the whole child by tapping into their inherent connection to the natural environment. In his book Wild Play.  Our teachers encourage students to be curious, ask questions, gather information and construct their own theories of how the world works. The staff must have the ability to build relationships with families and coworkers and create a dynamic environment where play and learning happens. They must also have the ability to multitask and manage multiple situations effectively. 

The Outdoor Co-Teacher position is available for an August 2022 start. 

For more information and detailed job descriptions, please email

Teacher for a combined 2nd/3rd grade classroom (posted 5-7-22), Troy, OH

The Overfield School is seeking an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, imaginative teacher for a combined 2nd/3rd grade classroom for the 2022-23 school year. The successful applicant will be well-versed in best practices for teaching early elementary students, and passionate about team-teaching utilizing the inspiration of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field is required. Current Ohio teaching license is highly preferred.

Skills/Experiences: Familiarity with the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education, Experience teaching early elementary students
Interest in the arts and nature, and experience using these as an integrated part of the curriculum

Teachers teachers for our preschool classrooms 

The Overfield School is seeking enthusiastic, knowledgeable, imaginative teachers for our preschool classrooms for the 2022-23 school year. The successful applicant will be well-versed in best practices for teaching young children, and passionate about team-teaching utilizing the inspiration of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field is preferred.
Familiarity with the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education is desired. Willingness to work both outdoors and  belief in the importance of active, play-based programs for young children, and an image of children as strong, capable, and deserving of having a central voice in their own learning is required.

Send letter of interest and resume to Beth Poronsky at

Opportunity to start a Nature-Based preschool (posted 2-26-22) Sandusky, OH


A property owner is looking for someone interested in running a nature/farm/educational program on their 200 acre property in the Sandusky area.  Lots of animals, hiking, lake, cottages and events area.  Doing some fun farm "chores" could also be an idea. Collecting chicken eggs, brushing miniature ponies, filling up water buckets for goats etc.  They plan to put up a greenhouse and a playground at some point too.  If interested please reach out to

Lead Teacher for grades 1-2 (posted 5-11-22) Millfield, OH.  Open until filled.

Our independent, place-based elementary school is seeking a full-time teacher for grades K-2 to join our team.  The teacher is responsible for preparing and implementing instruction and assessment for the students in grades 1-2.  This teacher works in collaboration with a co-teacher in a classroom of 20 total students ranging from grades PreK-grade 2 (with 8-12 students in grades 1-2, and the other 8-12 in PreK-K).  The teacher is additionally expected to communicate with families, manage the classroom environment, and participate actively in the Faculty Council, or the faculty-led curriculum and planning group for Solid Ground School.
In order to teach according to Solid Ground School’s philosophy and curriculum, a successful candidate should be familiar with project-based, place-based, and emergent curriculum, as well as kind and respectful classroom management strategies.  Our ideal candidate is kind, engaged, collaborative, and a proactive communicator.   We further value experience teaching reading, working with young children using project-based approaches based on the interests and needs of the individual children in their care, and an authentic belief in the value of nature in the lives of children.
Our school is situated on a 17-acre working sustainable farm in the foothills of Appalachia, and in addition to a well-provisioned indoor environment, we spend a considerable amount of the school day outdoors in all weather.  As such, a candidate will need to be physically able to walk, play, and carry small loads on uneven terrain in all weather daily in order to perform the job.

This position reports to the Director of Education of our non-profit and earns $36,000/year.  If interested, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 professional references to Christin Butler at by March 13.

More about Solid Ground School:

Solid Ground School is a place-based, progressive learning community where children, families, and educators can grow deep.  We believe that when individuals are actively engaged in their learning, supported in critical thinking and community building, and rooted in the natural world, they will flourish and become conscientious, creative problem solvers able to face the challenges of an uncertain future.

Solid Ground’s pre-K and elementary program uses hands-on project-based learning to foster in children a growing awareness of their own competency. We offer a student to teacher ratio of 10:1 and are currently accepting students for PreK (age 4) through 4th grade. Our seasonal family-oriented events and outreach programs hope to spread more widely our vision of children secure in themselves, engaged in their communities, and active in our world.

Solid Ground School is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Part-Time Nature Preschool Teacher (posted 1-3-22), Centerville, OH

We are looking for a part time teacher for our nature preschool class!

Our teachers are passionate about early education, provide quality opportunities for play, are curious adventure seekers, & genuinely love the outdoors.

please email for further details

Board Member (posted 6-7-21) Columbus, OH

Red Oak Community School is looking for a new board member! Red Oak is a small, independent, urban, nature-based, K-5 school. The school provides a learner-centered approach to education where our kids are encouraged to be curious, ask questions, take academic risks and value other members of their community.  Our educators foster self-confidence and agency while learning to be stewards of our environment and to work for social justice in our community as a whole.


We're searching for a candidate who is passionate about our mission and interested in serving on a non-profit board. The open position is for Development Chair, who organizes and collaborates with our community members in fundraising $15,000 each school year. Board meetings (virtual for now) are the first Wednesday of every month at 6p.


Interested parties can reach out to our School Manager, Cheryl Ryan for more information!