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We Are Hiring!

Current open positions:​

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Would you like to join the Heartwood team? We are always looking for passionate nature educators! If you are interested in teaching at Heartwood, fill out an application and we will get back to you if there is a good fit for one of our current positions.

Equity and Inclusion Statement:

Heartwood is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all employees and participants. Our equal opportunity policy reflects our commitment to ensure equality and promote diversity in the workplace and applies to program participants including employees, contractors, participants, and the parents/guardians of participants. The policy’s objective is to prevent and, if necessary, remedy discrimination or harassment experienced by program staff or participants on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political beliefs or military status in any of its activities or operations. We use staff and participants’ preferred pronouns and strive to honor and respect each individual.

Mission Statement:

To foster deep and lasting connections with the natural world through nature immersion, play, exploration, learning, and shared time together to inspire and empower people of all ages to be stewards of the environment, their community, and their own well-being.

Core Values: Mindfulness, Stewardship, Connection

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." -John Muir

2024 Camp Counselors/Educators

2024 
Summer Camp Counselors/Educators 

Heartwood offers 6 weeks of 100% outside summer day camp. We are looking for candidates who love being in nature and are energized working with children. Camp Counselors/Educators are the heart of our summers! They set the tone for a fun, safe, and joyful camp experience. Each day our camp includes themed activities, yoga, mindfulness, crafts, field games, and hiking.

Responsibilities:

  • Be punctual and communicative

  • Bring a positive attitude to camp each day

  • Respectfully engage with campers’ parents at arrival and departure, gathering necessary information from parents and relaying experiences of the day

  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with camp staff and help out whenever and wherever needed

  • Lead cohort of up to 10 children and ensure a fun and safe camp experience based on connection and shared time together

  • Lead pre-planned themed activities, field games, crafts, and lesson plans

  • Engage children in exploring and playing in nature

  • Supervise children while playing in and out of water

  • Participate in all camp activities

  • Attend required staff training and meetings

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor

  • Enthusiastic, reliable, creative flexible, and calm

  • Comfortable speaking to and leading groups of 10 children

  • Minimum age of 18 years old.

  • All qualified applicants must pass a criminal background check.

  • First Aid, CPR & AED certification, or willingness to obtain

  • Prior experience working with children

  • Love of nature

  • Enjoys working and being outside in all types of weather

  • Strong team player

  • Exceptional verbal communicator

  • Ability to communicate effectively with participants, parents, and staff

  • Possess good risk assessment

  • Committed to keeping participants safe

  • Ability to stand on feet for up to 4 hours and hike on uneven terrain

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds

Compensation and Benefits:

  • This is a temporary summer position

  • Pay range: $18-$21/hour

Work Dates/Times: Must be available for at least 2 weeks of camp

Late June - August 

Hours: 

Depending upon the camp assigned, work hours will be either:

8:00am - 4pm

8:15am - 1:15pm

8:45am - 3:15pm

Must be available for 2 or more weeks of camp

Week 1: July 1 - 5 * (no camp on 7/4)

Week 2: July 8 - 12

Week 3: July 15 - 19

Week 4: July 22 - 26

Week 5: July 29 - August 2

Week 6: August 5 - 9

Required Training Dates - TBD

2024 Camp Director

2024 Summer Camp Director

Heartwood offers 6 weeks of 100% outside summer day camp. We are looking for candidates who love being in nature and are energized working with children. Each week includes themed activities, yoga, mindfulness, crafts, field games, and hiking. Summer Camp Directors guide and support camps and camp counselors, leading their camp into a fun-filled, memorable summer experience! Camp Directors wear many hats and build relationships with campers, staff, and parents.  

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Holds the framework of the camp day, guiding the campers and camp counselors through the day

  • Actively integrate participation, compassion, thought, and informed action to build a supportive community 

  • Leads morning and afternoon camp circle times

  • Substitute as needed 

  • Participate in staff meetings and activities 

  • Plan, organize, and co-facilitate CIT and counselor training

  • Provide support to camp counselors through training and day-to-day

  • Supervise summer interns & junior counselors  

  • Organize and maintain class materials, supplies, and resources 

  • Develop positive relationships with campers, staff, and parents 

  • Responsible for the safety and health of campers and staff

  • Perform daily and ongoing site risk assessments 

  • Photograph the highlights of camp 

  • Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications

  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor

  • Enthusiastic, reliable, creative, and flexible

  • Exceptional verbal and written communicator

  • Comfortable speaking to and leading groups of up to 40 people

  • Love and prior experience working with children

  • Love of nature

  • Enjoys working and being outside in all types of weather

  • Openness to constructive feedback and growth opportunities

  • Ability to communicate effectively with participants, parents, and staff

  • Possess good risk assessment

  • Committed to keeping participants safe

  • Exercises sound judgment while upholding the integrity and ethical standards of our organization

  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative team-based environment 

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills 

  • Working cell phone 

  • Current CPR & First Aid Certification Adult/Child, (Wilderness first aid a plus), or willingness to acquire

  • Clear criminal background check 

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, stand on feet up to 4 hours, hike on uneven terrain.

Hour

Compensation and Benefits:

  • This is a temporary summer position, ability to apply for year-round educator and/or coordinator position

  • Pay range: $20-$24/hour

Hours: 

Depending upon the camp assigned, work hours will be either:

8:00am - 4pm

8:15am - 1:15pm

8:45am - 3:15pm

Days: Monday thru Friday

Must be available for 2 or more weeks of camp

Week 1: July 1 - 5 * (no camp on 7/4)

Week 2: July 8 - 12

Week 3: July 15 - 19

Week 4: July 22 - 26

Week 5: July 29 - August 2

Week 6: August 5 - 9

Required Training Dates - TBD

 

Substitute Teachers

Substitute Teacher

If you enjoy being around children and consider yourself an all-weather outdoor enthusiast, we'd be honored to have you apply.

 

The lead teacher will guide you throughout the day how to best support the class, your role will include:

  • keeping an eye on the children and the surroundings (counting, watching boundaries, checking for hazards)

  • supporting their exploration and discovery

  • helping with bathroom breaks

  • ensuring that the class stays together during hikes

  • assisting the teacher in lessons, projects and games

  • helping to set up and take down the class space and materials

  • modeling a positive and inquisitive attitude

  • modeling a positive attitude about the weather rain and shine

Let us know if you have any questions or need to borrow any gear. We have adult rain jackets and pants. Thank you for your help!

Pay Range: $18-$21/hour

We have 2 types of substituting: Advanced Notice and Short Notice

Days: Any availability is welcome, we have classes Monday-Friday 

Hours vary between 8:45am-4:15pm

To apply, fill out this application:

Forest School Educator

2023-2024
Forest School Outdoor Educators

NOTE: We currently have a full staff

We are seeking outdoor educators who love working with children to co-teach weekly classes in our 10-month nature programs. Heartwood provides opportunities for children and families to learn through direct experience, while hiking, playing and exploring at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, WA. Our educators act as mentors, role models, and guides for the children as they spark engagement, create connections, and learn alongside the children each day.

Responsibilities:

  • Bring a positive attitude to classes each day

  • Respectfully engage with participants’ parents at arrival and departure, gathering the necessary information and relaying experiences of the day

  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with staff

  • Lead class of up to 10 children and ensure a fun and safe experience based on environmental education, connection, and shared time together

  • Plan and lead themed activities, field games, nature exploration, and lesson plans

  • Engage children in exploring and playing in nature

  • Supervise children while playing in and out of water

  • Attend staff training and meetings

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor

  • Enthusiastic, reliable, creative flexible, and calm

  • Comfortable speaking to and leading groups of 14 children

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • All qualified applicants must pass a criminal background check.

  • Adult and Child First Aid, CPR & AED certification, or willingness to obtain

  • Love and prior experience working with children

  • Love of nature

  • Enjoys working and being outside in all types of weather

  • Strong team player

  • Exceptional verbal communicator

  • Ability to communicate effectively with participants, parents and staff

  • Possess good risk assessment

  • Committed to keeping participants safe

  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and stand on feet up to 4 hours and hike on uneven terrain.

  • Part-time hours 

Pay Range: $19-$24

Days: Monday-Friday, depending upon your availability

Hours: 4.5 - 7 hours each day, start and end times vary 

Contract through mid-June 2024 is required.

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Educator/Program Coodinator

Educator/Program Coordinator

NOTE: This position has been filled though you are welcome to fill out an application if you would like to be considered should a spot open.

 

Heartwood provides opportunities for children and families to learn through direct experience while hiking, playing, and exploring at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, WA. Our educators act as mentors, role models, and guides for the children as they spark engagement, create connections, and learn alongside the children each day. The Educator/Program Coordinator role will co-teach weekly classes in our 10-month nature programs and summer camps, as well as be on our program coordination and development team. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Educator

  • Lead and co-lead programs

  • Plan and organize curriculum in alignment with weekly themes 

  • Actively integrate participation, compassion, thought, and informed action to build a supportive learning community 

  • Perform daily and ongoing site risk assessments 

  • Responsible for the safety and health of the children, ensuring they are in dry clothes and providing first aid care as needed  

  • Send out weekly newsletters to families

  • Parent communication

  • Team meetings 

  • Other duties as assigned 

 

Program Coordinator 

  • Substitute as needed 

  • Participate in forest school staff meetings and activities 

  • Provide support to educators through training and day to day support 

  • Source and support Coast Salish educational resources and trainings

  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of documents and forms  

  • Organize, deliver and maintain class materials, supplies and resources 

  • Coordinate with colleagues in program planning and implementation 

  • Develop positive relationships with partner organizations 

  • Social media posts

  • Website - Regularly check for accuracy and update as needed 

  • Grants - research and assist in writing available grants 

  • Utilize Microsoft Office for communication and planning 

  • Community engagement through work parties and other gatherings 

  • Support Executive Director as needed 

  • Other duties as assigned 

  • Summer Camp Coordinator duties as listed below 

 

Summer Camp Program Coordinator 

  • Substitute as needed for camp counselors and camp directors

  • Plan, organize, and facilitate junior counselor training 

  • Supervise summer interns & junior counselors 

  • Plan, organize, and facilitate summer camp educator training 

  • Deliver and maintain materials & supplies 

  • Program Coordinator duties apply 

  • Other duties as assigned 

 

Qualifications

  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor

  • Enthusiastic, reliable, creative, and flexible

  • Comfortable speaking to and leading groups of up to 40 people

  • Love and prior experience working with children

  • Love of nature

  • Enjoys working and being outside in all types of weather

  • Exceptional verbal communicator

  • Openness to constructive feedback and growth opportunities

  • Ability to communicate effectively with participants, parents, and staff

  • Possess good risk assessment

  • Committed to keeping participants safe

  • Exercises sound judgment while upholding the integrity and ethical standards of our organization

  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative team-based environment 

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills 

  • Working cell phone 

  • Current CPR & First Aid Certification Adult/Child, (Wilderness first aid a plus) 

  • Valid Driver’s license and insurance 

  • Clear criminal background check 

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, stand on feet up to 4 hours, hike on uneven terrain.

  • Part-time hours 

Hour

Hours:

During the school year, part-time to full-time hours depending upon availability.

During summer camp, up to 40hrs per week.

Pay Range: $19-$23/hr

Days: weekdays, depending upon your availability. Possible for ooccasional part-time Saturday hours. During summer Monday - Friday

Contract through the first week of August 2023 is required, with potential for annual extention.

Baby/Toddler Class Educator
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Baby/Toddler and Parent Class Educators

We are seeking outdoor educators that love working with babies/toddlers and their caregivers.  Educator will teach 2 classes per week running between September and June, leading caregivers on a short, developmentally appropriate hike with their babies and toddlers, ages birth through 3.5 years. Looking for educators with experience supporting young families as they seek community and connection to the natural world. A great opportunity for an educator who understands the unique needs of families new to parenting, playing, thriving in a 100% outdoors environment and in all types of weather conditions.

Responsibilities:

  • Bring a positive attitude to class each day

  • Help caregivers build relationships with other caregivers that are parenting babies and toddlers 

  • Plan and execute short, developmentally appropriate hikes, songs, books and activities

  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with other staff and the general public in a public park setting

  • Lead class of up to 11 children and 11 caregivers, ensuring a fun and safe experience rooted in environmentally friendly concepts and themes

  • Engage children in exploring and playing in nature

  • Mentor and support families as they learn to challenge their children to take developmentally appropriate risks and to try new things

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor

  • Enthusiastic, reliable, creative flexible, and calm

  • Comfortable speaking to and leading groups including both young children and adults

  • 18 years or older

  • Pass a criminal background check.

  • Adult and Child First Aid, CPR & AED certification, or willingness to obtain

  • Prior experience working with children ages 0-3.5

  • Love of nature

  • Enjoy working and being outside in all types of weather

  • Strong team player

  • Exceptional verbal communicator

  • Ability to communicate effectively with participants, parents and staff

  • Possess good risk assessment

  • Committed to keeping participants safe

  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and stand on feet up to 4 hours and hike on uneven terrain.

  • Part-time hours 

Pay Range: $19-$24

Days: Tuesdays at St. Edward State Park, Thursdays at Wallace Swamp Creek Park

Hours: 1 hour teaching time and 1 hour prep time per class, opportunities to add classes/hours, substitute teaching opportunities available

Contract through mid-June 2024 is required.

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