Job Openings

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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Outdoor Assistant Teacher (posted 7-21-21), Solon, OH

The Outdoor Assistant Teacher position is available for an August 2021 start. Pay is $11-13/hour.

Help escort students to and from the building and/or outdoor classroom area

Be available to escort children to the bathroom throughout the scheduled class time

Be comfortable working outside in all types of weather

Have an authentic love of the natural world Be responsible for the health, safety, and the welfare of all children. This includes helping children to stay warm and dry in inclement weather, managing risk in an outdoor setting, and addressing student conflicts

Be generally aware of special projects like painting that may require additional hands

Assist with centers and transitions including dressing and undressing for the outdoor

Wipe down tables at clean-up time before snack and then again after snack Be ready to take a teacher position during lead teacher absence or if needed to step out

For more information click here!

Nature Preschool Part-Time Teacher (posted 6-7-21) 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 includes team-teaching a mixed-age group of 15 students, 2 days a week and the 3rd day a week leading our Preschool Discovery Class, a child & caregiver introductory series to nature-based education, or team-teaching our older student transitional class. Additional hours are an option as part of the Learning Tree Farm Education Team if desired. Check out the job description on our website for more details. To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Amy Thompson, Education Director, at

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!

Administrative Assistant - Job Description (posted 8-30-21) Cincinnati, OH

Our program is play-based & nature-based and incorporates Montessori philosophy into the classroom. Applicants should be enthusiastic about working with young children, patient, and emotionally mature. We are a healthy, holistic center that serves nutritious, locally-sourced meals. Our employees enjoy staying healthy and are able to model healthy behaviors.

The Administrative Assistant needs to have strength and experience in both administrative duties and child care duties. This job is considered approximately 50% admin job and 50% classroom job. The Administrative Assistant will aid in areas of running a center including:

  • Answering phone calls & emails

  • Giving tours to prospective parents & enrolling new students

  • Managing records and children’s files

  • Ensure compliance with State child care laws

  • Monitor and respond to communication with parents via our app Brightwheel as needed

  • Assisting with drop-off and pick-up

  • Helping teachers troubleshoot and solve problems

  • Participate in organizing and hosting center events (e.g., Mother’s Day, Family picnics, Open Houses)

  • Subbing for the Administrator and serving as the Person in Charge as needed

Additionally, the Administrative Assistant must feel fully comfortable in all 3 of our classrooms (infant, toddler, and preschool) and able to sub in and relieve teachers for breaks. These duties include:

  • Active supervision of children with the help of a co-teacher (all of our classrooms have 2 teachers). Maintaining ratios and ensuring the safety and well being of the children.

  • Maintaining a predictable routine for staff and children - helping & assisting children throughout the day, including but not limited to ensuring they have their snacks, meals, potty breaks/diaper changes, rest time, and activity time throughout the day

  • Running a primarily outdoor nature-based center, including visits to the woods - all staff members must feel comfortable being outside with children in all weather conditions throughout the school year

This is a unique job and the Administrative Assistant will need to be self-motivated and flexible in order to succeed in this position. Applicants should be organized and excellent at prioritizing how they use their time.

Applicants should have experience working with children (at least 2+ years in child care) and a degree in child care or a related field, as well as past experience working in an administrative role. Those with additional skills or interest in marketing, communications, gardening, art, music, or environmental education are encouraged to apply.

We do NOT work from a government-mandated or standardized curriculum. We create classroom environment plans, follow our staff handbook, strict policies and procedures, and all state laws, but we do NOT participate in SUTQ. The administration helps teachers create classrooms that align with the values of the center.

This job is 30 - 40 hours per week, competitive pay, paid trainings, paid holidays, and a community-based workplace. Employee MUST be available 8AM-4:45PM Monday - Friday. We close for seasonal breaks throughout the year.

Additionally, Shine is transitioning to an employee-owned co-op and new teachers have an opportunity to become employee-owners and receive dividends/profit-sharing.

We have an amazing group of caregivers and teachers that work together as a team. This is an opportunity to be a part of something great!

Start date: mid - September 2021

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $14.00 - $15.00 per hour


  • Associate (Preferred)


  • Childcare: 2 years (Preferred)

  • supervision: 1 year (Preferred)