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We Are Hiring!

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 you are a good fit for one of our current positions.

Current open positions:​

  • 2021-2022 Forest School Outdoor Educators

  • Substitute Teachers


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.

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. We use staff and participants' preferred pronouns. The policy’s objective is to prevent and, if necessary, remedy discrimination or harassment experienced by a program participant 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.

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

We only review applicants that have submitted an application on our website. Please visit to fill out an application.


  • Bring a positive attitude to classes each day

  • Respectfully engage with participants’ parents at arrival and departure, gathering 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


  • 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 $20+ per hour, depending upon experience

Days Available: Monday-Friday, depending upon your availability

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

10-month contract required. Forest School Training starts the week of September 8th. 10-month classes start the week of September 14th

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!

To apply, fill out the application below or email us at:

Pay: This is a 1099 position paid at $20.00 per hour


Days: Monday-Friday, though any availability is welcome! 

Hours: Between 10:45am-3:15pm

Occasional work


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


Summer Camp Outdoor Educator

Summer Camp 2021 is currently fully staffed, check back for Summer Camp 2022 job postings in February!