Manzanita School, situated in the Santa Monica Mountains, is looking for skilled early elementary or early childhood educators to join our 1st grade team in the 2021/2022 school year. Our 1st grade class is conducted entirely outdoors in the wild chaparral. Our program combines child-led, exploratory learning, based on the principles of Forest Education (also known as the “Forest Kindergarten” model) with academics. The program is 40% academic, and 60% experiential in nature. The ideal candidate will have an authentic and infectious love of the natural world, early childhood educational experience and training, and/or teaching experience in early elementary math and language arts. Extensive training will be provided. We offer a competitive salary with full benefits.
Candidates must possess the following attributes:
3-5 yearsexperience working with children age 4-8 years singing, storytelling, setting boundaries and leading group facilitation
Dedicated to developmentally appropriate practice and aware of developmental needs of young children
A nurturing, loving, and creative attitude
Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
Comfortable sitting on the ground and getting dirty
Comfortable handling insects and other small creatures
Interested in further growth in naturalist studies and mentoring
Must be available to start July 26, 2021
Strongly Favored Training/Knowledge:
Naturalist skills and knowledge
Waldorf Teacher Training
Certified Forest School Teacher
Experience in storytelling
Play a musical instrument and/or sing
The Reading and Writing Project: Columbia Teachers College
To apply, visit and read our website. Then, send a resume and a personal cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the position, to Gabrielle Cartelli: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: We offer a competitive salary with full benefits.
About Manzanita School and Institute
Manzanita School and Institute, founded in 2013, is an independent, non-profit, co-educational day school, serving students in grades K through 12. We are located on 21 acres in the rugged and bio-diverse Topanga Canyon, northwest of Los Angeles. Currently in our 7th year, with a program emphasizing human ecology and land stewardship, we received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2017.