Join Our Team

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:

  • Summer Camp Counselors/Outdoor Educators

  • Substitute Teachers

  • 2021-2022 Forest School Outdoor Educators


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


Summer Camp Outdoor Educator

 For Summer 2021 Heartwood offers 6 weeks of 100% outside day camp. We are looking for candidates who love being outside and are energized working with children. Summer Outdoor 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.


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.


  • Bring a positive attitude to camp each day

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

  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with camp staff and help out where needed

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

  • Lead 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

  • Participant in all camp activities

  • Attend staff training and meetings

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor 

  • Enthusiastic, reliable, creative and flexible

  • Comfortable leading groups of 10 children

  • All qualified applicants 18 and older must pass a criminal background check.

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

  • Love and prior experience working with children

  • Enjoys working and being outside in all types of weather

  • Strong team player

  • Ability to communicate effectively with participants, parents and staff

  • Possess good risk assessment 

  • Committed to keeping participants safe

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds

Pay: start $17+ per hour, depending upon experience

Must be able to work at least 2 weeks of summer camp

Dates: 7/5/21 - 8/13/21

Hours: Either 8:00am-1pm or 8am-4pm


Forest School Outdoor Educators

We are seeking program teachers to co-teach weekly classes 2 to 5 days per week in our 10-month nature programs. Heartwood provides opportunities for children and families to learn through direct experience, while hiking, playing and exploring at beautiful Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, WA. Our teachers act as mentors, role models, and guides for the children as they spark engagement, create connections, and learn alongside the children each day.  There is also an option for summer camp work if this interests you!

Pay: start $20+ per hour, depending upon experience

Days Available: Monday-Friday, depending upon your availability

Hours: Depending on class

10-month contract required


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