Join the Take Root Team

Take Root Forest School, a nature-based, holistic outdoor learning program, is seeking Teachers for the Kinder Roots Program (ages 3-7) and the Wild Roots Program (ages 8-11) in Southeast Florida – Ft. Lauderdale, Dania Beach, & N. Miami. All programs take place in the Outdoor Forest Classroom.

Take Root Forest School is in need of passionate and holistic educators to guide children as they discover themselves, each other and the workings of the world through experiential learning – observation, exploration, action and immersion.

The teacher’s main objective is to guide the students as they discover and learn together in the forest classroom. Following the innate curiosity of the children, the teacher will create a flow of learning that incorporates the holistic structure of methodologies such as, Waldorf, Reggio Emelia, and Montessori; as well as an Emergent Curriculum based on the curiosity and inquiry of the children and what is happening in nature with the seasons. Take Root’s teachers use a whole-child approach, implementing a variety of methods to engage the children – song, story, play, as well as hands-on lessons and activities (live science, active math, language arts, natural and cultural history, arts and crafts, drama and more).

The teacher must be comfortable and happy in an outdoor setting – in South Florida weather – rain or shine (severe weather excluded) and eager and willing – EVERY DAY – to play, get dirty, wet and muddy and be ready to have fun! The perfect person for this job will feel equally at home at the seaside, in the forest, or in a wet and muddy wetland.

This person is expected to be enthusiastic, flexible and must have experience working with children in either the indoor or outdoor classroom. The candidate will have a sincere appreciation for nature and a desire to learn and teach Florida ecology. The candidate is willing and able to develop professionally as a teacher by studying various methodologies throughout the year.

Knowledge or interest in nature study, survival skills, marine biology, wildlife biology, botany and art would benefit the position. Musical abilities and storytelling flair would be awesome! Passion, creativity and a sincere interest and love for nature and children is necessary.

Reliable transportation is necessary as the position may require movement between our locations in Ft. Lauderdale, Dania Beach, and N. Miami. Movement of supplies in personal vehicles may be needed.

The candidate needs to be willing and able to follow guidelines and mandates to maintain a healthy environment in the midst of Covid-19. These requirements may include: wearing a mask, keeping a distance of 6 feet while being able to perform duties of job, regular temperature taking, staying home when ill, testing, regular disinfecting and hand-washing, sanitizing for teacher and participants, maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment.

Working with Take Root is an excellent opportunity for an educator seeking an alternative and positive environment. Our program emphasizes and focuses on community and teamwork. If you love being outdoors breathing fresh air and playing, while creating holistic and unique learning experiences..this is the place for you!

Positions Available:

  • Teacher for Tender Roots ( Ages 3-4.5) Ft. Lauderdale & N. Miami
  • Teacher for Kinder Roots (Ages 5-7) Ft. Lauderdale & N. Miami
  • Teacher For Wild Roots (Ages 8+) Ft. Lauderdale & N. Miami

Position Details:

  • Seasonal. Full-time, Part-time.
  • Dates:
    • Training & Orientation – TBD – Late August, 2021.
    • Program Dates: September 2021-June 4, 2022 (excluding seasonal breaks – Thanksgiving/Autumn Break, Winter Break, Spring Break).
    • Seasonal Break Camp Employment opportunities will be available.
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm
  • Pay: TBD, based on experience and position.

Required:

  • Background in Education or Liberal Arts & Sciences.
  • Experience managing, teaching or leading children (ages 3-11) in an indoor or outdoor setting.
  • Experience in working with children ages 3-11, singing, storytelling, setting boundaries and leading group facilitation.
  • Able to move, lift, and transport supplies between locations.
  • Able to be physically active on various terrains and in keeping up with children in all S. Florida weather.
  • Physical fitness: ability to crouch, crawl, walk and run on uneven natural surfaces, sit on the ground, lift and carry up to 50 lbs. for short distances.
  • Comfortable in the outdoors: regularly getting dirty, interacting with local ecology/ flora and fauna, tolerance of natural elements.
  • Ability to travel to several locations – N. Miami, Dania Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale.
  • Background check and screening is mandatory.
  • Must complete Abuse & Molestation Prevention Workshop.
  • CPR/First-Aid Certified or ability to obtain certification immediately.

Desired:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Continuing Education Certificates
  • Certification, knowledge and experience in various holistic teaching methodologies: Waldorf, Reggio Emelia, Forest School.
  • Experience in camp or classroom as a teacher with children between the ages of 3 and 11. Tour guide, naturalist, camp counselor/director.
  • Experience or training in child development, child psychology, and/or early childhood education
  • Knowledge and/or interest in learning ecology, biology and natural history of Florida.
  • Florida Master Naturalist, Certified Interpretive Guide training – or interest in pursuing.
  • Eagle or Scout experience.
  • Familiarity with primitive outdoor skills such as shelter-building, fire-tending and handcrafting.
  • Lifeguard Certified.

To apply, please send us your resume and cover letter – we’d like to hear WHY this job is for you! Email Emily & Christy: natureseekersfl@gmail.com.

Take Root Forest School – where Nature is the Teacher and the Forest is the Classroom.

COVID-19 considerations:
Our Covid-19 Guidelines reflect those of the CDC and American Camp Association. We follow all mandates of local governments and the regulations of our partner parks and natural areas.