Nature Preschool Teacher

Boston Outdoor Preschool Network

Job Description

Boston Outdoor Preschool Network

Nature Preschool Teacher


School Year 2024-2025


The mission of Boston Outdoor Preschool Network (BOPN) is to meet the developmental needs of the whole child while initiating them into a lifelong relationship with the natural world.  We are committed to expanding access to nature-based early childhood education.

What We Do: 

BOPN is a nonprofit organization focused on nature-based early education, with programs in Boston, Milton, Malden, Sudbury, Sherborn, and Natick.  We bring families together in community and give children a joyfully muddy childhood under the loving guidance of dedicated teachers.  Our programs combine early childhood and environmental education.  Our goals are to promote children’s physical and mental health, encourage environmental stewardship, and to develop habits of mind such as curiosity, initiative, persistence, creativity, problem-solving, and responsibility.  

A Day in the Life as a Lead Teacher: 

A day in the life of a preschool teacher at BOPN is a dynamic journey of discovery and connection with the natural world. Guided by an emergent curriculum and the seasonal rhythms, children explore lush forests and serene marshlands, encountering the sanctuary's diverse animals. Through their daily encounters and observations, they learn about habitats, diets, and interdependence while also engaging in collaborative projects with other preschoolers and imaginative play, fostering essential soft skills like critical thinking and perseverance. Amidst the wonder of the natural world, a passion for learning and environmental stewardship blossoms, shaping resilient and compassionate young minds.

Nature Teacher:

We are seeking a Lead Teacher for our inaugural school year class in Sherborn, MA. The ideal candidate will transition into the role by training at our Wellesley location this spring to familiarize themselves with our program and routines before assuming leadership of the Sherborn class in the fall. The ideal teacher exhibits proactive behavior in shaping the unique ambiance of our Sherborn program through the establishment of routines and practices. They prioritize building relationships and seamlessly integrate into the Sherborn community. Grounded in a passion for both children and the outdoors, the Lead Teacher fosters connections among children and nature through joyful discovery and play.

Position Description:

  • Schedule: Monday - Friday
  • Hours: 9:00AM - 1:30PM
  • Location: 17 Unity Ln, Sherborn, MA 01770
  • Calendar: September 2024 through June 2025, with breaks and holidays aligned with public schools.  
  • Compensation: Salaried position at a rate equivalent to $22 - $27/hour, with paid time off for breaks and holidays

Position Responsibilities:

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Use a nature-based and child-centered approach. Nurture the spirit and curiosity of each child while building strong relationships with parents and children.  
  • Nature Exploration: Instill a deep appreciation and understanding of nature by planning and executing projects that promote a connection with the natural world.; Encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and a sense of wonder about the environment.
  • Parent Communication:  Maintain open and regular communication with parents regarding their child's development and experiences in the program.  Participate in parent-teacher conferences and events.
  • Team Collaboration: Engage in collaborative planning sessions with your colleagues. Learn the strengths of your co-teachers and create a classroom environment that best utilizes these skill sets.
  • Documentation: Use photos and stories as a tool for communication, reflection, and new learning. Monitor each child’s development and progress.
  • Professional Development: Meet with a coach and your supervisor. Attend occasional staff meetings, professional development, and special events.
  • Safety: Be responsible for the health and safety of each child. This includes helping children stay comfortable in rainy and hot weather, managing risk in an outdoor setting, and addressing conflict. 
  • Leadership:  Supervise high school youth workers and college interns.
  • Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Marketing: Author compelling pieces for the BOPN blog, & communicate regularly with current and prospective families through newsletters, emails, or meetings.
  • Admissions: Host tours for prospective families & communicate with currently enrolled families regarding program offerings, enrollment, and registration.

These essential functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related duties as required.  

Position Requirements:

  • At least 3 years experience in early childhood education, nature education, or a related field
  • EEC teacher licensure or willingness to acquire EEC teacher licensure within 6 months of employment (Lead teacher or director license a huge bonus!)
  • Strong classroom management skills and ability to maintain a safe learning environment
  • Critical thinker who is able to problem solve and take ownership of program logistics and operations in addition to teaching 
  • Communicate easily with children, family, and colleagues
  • Adaptable, proactive and willing to take initiative
  • Passion for environmental education and anti-bias education
  • Delights in the wonders of nature
  • Embrace a wide variety of weather conditions as unique and interesting, part of the ebb and flow of the natural rhythm and seasonal changes
  • Humble and knowledgeable of one’s own limitations
  • Eagerness to learn and continually improve

How to Apply: Interested? We’d love to hear from you! Fill out this application form.

Posted 1 month ago
Milton, Massachusetts
Education Requirement
Some College
Experience Requirement
1-5 years