First Roots-Wild Roots

Nature Based Infant-Toddler Teacher

Reference ID : 36389
Location : Hinesburg, VT
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time



Become a part of a program that values you as a professional, welcomes you to become a long term member of our community and appreciates work/life balance!

The Infant/Toddler Co-Teacher is responsible for the care, supervision and management of a class of children (age 6 weeks – 24 mos) in accord with the goals of First Roots-Wild Roots Preschool. The Co-teacher is responsible for creating a warm and nurturing relationship with each child and family and nurturing learning in the out of doors! Using observation and assessment tools, the Co-Teacher documents each child’s growth and learning in relation to his or her developmental level and Vermont Early Learning Standards to design an age-appropriate curriculum that supports communication, social skills, and autonomy through exploration and play. The Co-Teacher reports to the Center Director.

Our Mission: We are a 5 STAR, nature focused early care and education program that views each child as an individual with a unique developmental profile. Through developmentally responsive outdoor programming, we serve children ages 6 weeks to 8 years. Our mission is to Achieve the highest level of professional development, Build a community where families feel connected and respected, and to

Cultivate sustainable environmental choices and business practices to support the health and well being of all who work and play here!

Our Purpose: These are our fundamental reasons for doing what we do. If these resonate with you, come and talk to us!

Collaboration: We believe that our best work is done together with reflection and intention at the core.

Empathy: We believe in putting people first.

Quality: We believe in setting the standard for excellence in early childhood education.

Positive Impact: We believe in building a better world through our work with children as competent meaning-makers with deep associations and experiences in nature.

Sustainability: We believe in creating and developing practices that will sustain our planet, our local environment and our future.

Key Responsibilities: When you join our team, we’ll definitely fill your bucket with a detailed program orientation, a more formal job description, and a chance to dig in to play and get dirty!


Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities to support an emergent nature based curriculum focus that is consistent with the Vermont Early Learning Standards to develop the whole child.
  • Ensure the safety of children through constant supervision, effective arrangement of space, proper maintenance of equipment, and regular practice of fire drills and other emergency procedures.
  • Conduct observations and assessments using current tools/methodology to gather information on each child’s development and maintain written records designed to evaluate each individual child.
  • Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs. Document and report these signs immediately to the Director.


Some of the things we are looking for in you!

● Education. B.A.or Associates in Early Childhood or Elementary Education, Ecology, Environmental Humanities, or Environmental Education. You may have a VT State Teaching License with Early Education Endorsement, but we look beyond formal studies for the best candidates who can thrive and get excited teaching within a nature based curriculum.

● Teaching Experience. Minimum 2 years (+) experience developing and implementing developmentally appropriate and meaningful curriculum for children (age 3-5 years)

● Love the outdoors. We have a great outdoor space and are actively engaged in building a new adventure playscape. We want this to be your passion too!

● Communication Skills. Be skilled in thoughtful and reflective communications with colleagues and seek dialogue that values all perspectives.

● Interpersonal Skills. Build trust and effectively collaborate with everyone.

● Sense of Humor: Our kids laugh a lot, and you should too!

Nice To Haves

The successful candidate will be creative and have a natural affinity for working with infants, as well as possess a high degree of knowledge about child development and be an effective communicator with parents and family members. The successful candidate will LOVE the outdoors and be a team player, have a commitment to environmentally healthy practices and wellness initiatives, and be committed to professional growth and learning! We are a dynamic and fun team that values collaboration, critical thinking and work/life balance that you will want to be a part of!


General Pay and Contract Provisions: 

  • 40 hour work week
  • Paid Vacation with a built in week long break in December & July
  • Competitive compensation commensurate with education and experience. 
  • Generous benefits package including $1200 contribution to health reimbursement account
  • Fun, dynamic team with long term growth potential!


About Us

We are a nature-based early childhood program with centers in Hinesburg and Underhill Vermont. We value our teachers as professionals, appreciate work/life balance, and welcome staff to become a long term member of our community!

Salary : $40,040 to $49,360/Yr
Minimum Education : Associate
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 2 Yrs
Location : Hinesburg, VT

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