Forest School Teacher
The Forest School Teacher is a full-time educator that serves as a peer leader in Portland Forest School, and is the lead teacher for a cohort of Forest School students.
Program Area: Forest School
Exempt, Professionl Educator
Compensation: $30,000 - $32,000 Depending on Teacher Accreditation and/or Training
This is a nine month position reflecting the school year based on hiring date.
Benefits: Health Insurance, PTO, Summer, Winter, Spring Break and other School Holidays off.
Positions Available: 2-5 depending on registrations
How to Apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to Ian Abraham ian [at] trackersearth [dot] com. with subject "Forest School TEACHER"
Submission via US Postal Service to:
Ian Abraham, Forest School Principal Attn: Forest School Teacher 4617 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
The Portland Forest School Teacher is a full-time educator working with a cohort of students with a small student to teacher ratio. Our teachers combine academics with natural sciences and earth skills to facilitate a whole systems learning environment for students and teachers alike. The Portland Forest School uses the outdoors as its primary classroom, leaving behind the traditional school setting to allow for a truly holistic education experience. Our unique programs and out-of-the-box setting fosters curiosity, creativity and academic success. We understand that in order for our school to serve a diverse population/communities, we must also have that diversity represented in our staff. While Portland Forest School has a list of qualifications in this job description, studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.
Forest School Teachers report directly to the Forest School Principal.
About the Portland Forest School
We are a school of community and nature. Students journey outside and into the forest every day. They learn through collaboration with peers and alongside their mentors. We dive into naturalist studies and life sciences, fostering research skills that last a lifetime. Journeying beyond nature play, we live with the seasons, forage for wild foods, and make forest tools and crafts. The students of the Portland Forest School grow with the land, plants, and animals who share our world.
- Responsible for all teaching, planning curriculum, and coordinating Trackers Forest School Programs.
- Responsible for tracking, recording, writing, and disseminating student report cards and student progress reports to parents and Forest School administration.
- Responsible for scheduling and delivering Parent Teacher Conferences throughout the school year.
- Responsible for writing, recording, and disseminating unique Forest School curricula and lesson plans.
- Build, implement and innovate on skills curriculum developed by Trackers Earth.
- Ensure Portland Forest School lessons and curriculum meet Oregon State standards for the students in the Teacher’s assigned cohort.
- Train, mentor, and co-teach with fellow Trackers Earth Forest School Teachers.
- Recognize, mitigate, and respond to hazards to ensure a healthy and safe program for all staff and participants.
- Ensure lessons for each grade are developmentally appropriate and engaging and meet Oregon State Standards.
- Maintain and safeguard confidential information.
- Communicate health and safety information clearly and effectively to the Forest School Principal, Office Camp staff, other Teachers, Educators, Assistants, and other staff.
- Evaluate the performance of and provide feedback to and about all Portland Forest School staff verbally as often as possible with the goal of making programs better and more impactful.
- Evaluate the performance of and provide feedback with the goal of making programs better and more impactful to and about any direct reports, co-teachers, assistant teachers in writing at the conclusion of the week.
- Organize, analyze, and respond to parent surveys with the Forest School Principal and other Teachers for all Forest School grades..
- Fulfill assigned duties in an emergency situation.
- Ensure teaching spaces, offices, and restrooms are cleaned regularly by staff and are safe and healthy at all times.
- Ensure the health and safety of students and staff.
- Work with the Forest School Principal and other staff to help prepare curriculum materials and other production materials for Forest School.
- Staff and facilitate marketing events as needed.
- Assist with staff interviews as needed
- Work with facilities staff to maintain facilities in good operational order.
- Maintain equipment and teaching supplies for the program.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Applicants demonstrating exceptional background and experience in cultural competency and advancing organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), such as trauma-informed care or restorative justice training; applicants possessing Wilderness First Responder certification; and applicants possessing a Commercial Drivers License, Class B.
- Over 3 years experience in Education or Outdoor Education and skills focuses.
- Accredited teacher training or the equivalent professional teaching experience.
- Preference given and bonus pay available for Class B Commercial Drivers License, with Airbrake and Passenger Endorsements.
- Must be licenced driver with 3 years driving experience and a clean driving record.
- Must be physically able to lead students in hikes of up to 5 miles in a day.
- Requires driving 15 passenger vans, driving with box trailers, with children for up to four hours at a time.
- Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.
- Second language abilities in addition to English (Spanish, Mandarin/Cantonese) preferred. Native speakers preferred
- Enthusiasm about working in an inclusive environment which serves children of all backgrounds and abilities
- Demonstrated cultural competency and experience working with diverse populations, including communities of color, immigrants, and underserved communities
- 5 outdoor teaching days per week
- Schedule includes assigned and facilitated professional development and programmatic activities that may last up to 48 hours and include overnight camping in traditional and Better Than LNT shelters.
- Work environment includes open flames, toxic or caustic chemicals, and all season outdoor weather conditions.
- This position occasionally requires overnight camping in traditional and Better Than LNT shelters or possibly a tent during programming.
- Physical Demands: 10% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 35% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 - 80 lbs
The Portland Forest School is an Equal Opportunity Employer valuing diversity and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.