Fiddleheads Forest School Assistant Teacher

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 2:00pm


Seattle, WA
United States

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The University of Washington Botanic Gardens Youth and Family Education programs serve over 10,000 youth ages 2-18 and their families each year through family classes, school field trips, summer camp and preschool programs.  Tucked within the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Youth and Family Education Programs is the Fiddleheads Forest School, an entirely outdoor preschool for students ages three to five.  At the Fiddleheads Forest School, we aim to foster a sense of wonder, to guide rather than compel, and to provide room for possibility rather than attempt to constrain children’s interests to fit within a certain curriculum.  Unlike traditional programs, at the Forest School our classroom grows and changes along with its students.  This dynamic environment offers an unparalleled setting for the development of self-regulation and fundamental appreciation for the natural world.  Our unique, child-driven curriculum addresses the individual developmental needs of every student.  Each day is approached with joy and wonder at the wide world around us.

The College of the Environment UW Botanic Gardens has an outstanding opportunity for a part time 70% FTE, Fiddleheads Forest School Assistant Teacher. This position reports to the Manager of Youth and Family Programs and will assist the Fiddleheads Forest School lead teachers with all aspects of implementing a weekly, part-day nature preschool program.  This position will assist teaching classes of up to 14 students M-F from 9:00AM – 1:00PM, while spending the vast majority of that time outdoors, exploring the natural world through age-appropriate lessons and activities.  This position is a 28 hour per week role, with typical work hours of 8:30AM-2:30PM M/W/F and 8:30AM-1:30PM Tu/Th.

Main Job Duties:

  • Assist 3-5 year olds discover and develop a relationship with the natural environment by helping students with established activities using items found in nature, while modeling healthy engagement with the environment, positive social interaction and self-regulation, and curiosity for the natural world.  Ensure the health, safety and well-being of students through overview, site surveys and risk assessment. 
  • Co-lead prepared curricular activities that are developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive for 3-5 year olds, incorporating foundational natural science and social and emotional learning concepts as well as emergent interests of student population.
  • Maintain clear communications with fellow staff, interns, students, and their families to achieve common goals, support the development of all students, and avoid potential conflicts.
  • Assist with documentation of student learning.
  • Assist in efficient preparation, organization, and maintenance of teaching supplies and materials.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

For detailed information on Benefits for this position click here.


High school graduation or equivalent AND two years of experience working with early learners in a formal setting. 


Excellent organizational skills and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather.  Flexible work hours include occasional evening and weekend work.  Equivalent education/experience may substitute for all minimum qualifications.


Bachelor’s Degree or formal training in early childhood education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, biology, community engagement or related areas.  Creativity, flexibility and understanding necessary for working with children, parents and staff members.


The ability to work outdoors in all types of weather. A willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include occasional evening and weekend work. Ability to stand, stoop, bend, and sit, for 15-20 minutes at a time.

How to Apply:

Apply online with the University of Washington HERE