Turtle Island Children's Center

Floating Teachers and Substitutes in Nature-Based Early Education Setting

Reference ID : 56613
Location : Montpelier, VT
Category : None
Job Type : Full Time



Turtle Island Children's Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is a year-round play and nature based early childhood program, serving infants through pre-Kindergarteners. We are located on magnificent grounds along the North Branch River in the Capital City of Montpelier, Vermont. Early childhood is a time of wondrous intellectual development as well as social and emotional learning. Children are explorers and investigators. As caring educators, we provide a diverse, natural environment for their pursuits. 

We spend most of our days outdoors. Our operating hours are 8:00-3:30. Turtle Island Children's Center is currently looking for folks to join our amazing team of dedicated, skilled and passionate early educators. We are looking for part- and full-time teachers to float among two or more classrooms, as well as substitute teachers to join our team this school year. 


We are seeking early childhood professionals who are kind, playful, love the outdoors, curious, and life-long learners looking to grow their skills and contribute to the growth of others. Responsibilities of this position will include but are not necessarily limited to the following: 

  • Provide young children (birth to age 5) with a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment to help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner developmentally appropriate and in relationship to the overall goal of social competency. 
  • Communicate effectively with team members and administrators.
  • Ensure daily routines and care are followed according to classroom sub plans.
  • Create and maintain an environment that is clean, organized, responsive, inviting, welcoming and safe for all children and families (Per VT Child Care Licensing Regulations and TICC policies). 
  • Actively supervise and engage with children while keeping them safe at all times.


  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the developmental needs of children from birth to six years old; responsiveness to the intellectual, emotional and social needs of children; ability to work with groups of children; and be flexible to work as a team member as a part of a learning community.
  • Must be at least 18 yrs. of age.
  • Be able to kneel, bend, squat, lift, push, pull, and carry children up to 60lbs 
  • Meet annual professional development requirements, per Vermont state regulations. 
  • Have current First Aid/CPR training, or willing to complete upon hire. 

Nice To Haves

*Experience in early education and/or coursework in early education preferred.


  • flexible schedule
  • 50% reduced childcare tuition for your children
  • 20 days paid leave annually (sick/personal)
  • 23.5 paid program holidays/additional days off annually
  • Ongoing professional development
  • A Direct Primary Care Plan through the North Branch Health Center
  • the chance to work with an amazing team of passionate, dedicated early educators

Salary : $14.50 to $21/Hr
Minimum Education : High School or Equivalent
Job Type : Full Time
Category : None
Minimum Experience : None
Location : Montpelier, VT

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