Pre-school Teacher and Environmental Educator



Darien, CT
United States

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This teaching position is a part-time, non-exempt position working weekdays during the school year (early September – mid June).  The schedule may include mornings and/or afternoons, generally between the hours of 8:45am – 3:30pm. Teachers can work as few as four hours per week or as many as twenty-five.  This is a great opportunity for educators who have a passion for nature and love sharing its wonders with children. 



  • Work with co-teacher to prepare daily, developmentally appropriate lesson plans based on provided curriculum
  • Embrace the Darien Nature Center philosophy of nature-based play and incorporate these experiences into daily activities
  • Convey a love and respect for the natural world.  Be willing to be outdoors in all weather, get dirty, handle animals, and engage deeply in nature
  • Utilize available materials, artifacts and live animals to enhance experience
  • Assume responsibility for the care and safety of all children enrolled in designated class
  • Communicate with parents regularly
  • Keep classroom materials clean and organized
  • Follow all health and safety protocols
  • Report to the Program Director any concerns or challenges
  • Attend and participate in regular staff meetings
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Passion for nature and nature education
  • Experience working with toddlers and/or preschoolers
  • Understanding of child development and developmentally appropriate practices
  • Warm, loving and kind demeanor with children
  • Strong work ethic and personal integrity
  • Team-oriented with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible to changing conditions

Physical Demands:

  • Spend multiple hours outdoors in all weather (heat, cold, rain, snow)
  • Walk on rough terrain, keeping pace with the children
  • Engage in sustained physical activity throughout the day
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Run for short distances
  • Easily transition from sit to stand position

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How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Emily Ciffone, Program Director
Darien Nature Center

Compensation Information:

$25/hour starting rate 

Contact Name:

Emily Ciffone, Program Director

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