Join Our Team

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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

2023 
Summer Camp Counselors/Educators

For Summer 2022 Heartwood offers 6 weeks of 100% outside 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.

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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

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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 starts at $18/hour

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

Late June - August 

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Hours: 

Depend upon camp assigned, work hours will be either:

8:00am - 4pm

8:15am - 1:15pm

8:45am - 3:15pm

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Training/Meeting: Required - June 14 and 15

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 let you know throughout the day how to best support the class, but for the most part, 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: $20/hr

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-3:15pm

To apply, fill out this application:

 
 

2022-2023
Forest School Outdoor Educators

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: start $21+ per hour, depending upon experience

Days: Monday-Friday, depending upon your availability

Hours: 5-6 hours each day, start and end times vary though done each day by 3:15pm

10-month contract is required. Forest School Training starts the week of September 5th. Classes start the week of September 12th and end June 12th

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2022-2023
Educator/Program Coordinator

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 Program Coordinator/Educator 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 

  • 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 

  • Ability to lift 50lbs 

  • 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: part-time

Pay: start $21+ per hour, depending upon experience

Days: Monday-Friday, depending upon your availability

12-month contract is required. Start date is late August.