Craftsbury Saplings

Preschool Teacher - Nature/Community Inspired Program

Reference ID : 57880
Location : Craftsbury, VT
Category : None
Job Type : Full Time



Position Overview

Nature-based children's center in Craftsbury, VT seeks a warm, collaborative teacher to lead our preschool classroom. Duties include daily care and educational activities for up to 12 children ages 3 - 5 years. You'll have the support of an assistant/co-teacher, other program teachers, and our directors to co-lead a holistic and inspiring program. A strong candidate is excited about guiding children through outdoor learning experiences including gardening and forest exploration and aims to work collaboratively with our Montessori-inspired toddler classroom.

Program Overview

Craftsbury Saplings is a year-round nonprofit committed to high-quality care for our community of toddlers and preschoolers, with learning that values and nourishes each child's innate wisdom. Our program is rooted in community engagement and outdoor learning in our garden, field, and forest. We are inspired by diverse teaching philosophies and a team approach. We support a healthy work-life balance. Visit to learn more.


  • Plan & implement curriculum in-line with the Vermont Early Learning Standards
  • Maintain safe and inviting spaces that inspire creativity, self-confidence, & cooperation with peers 
  • Operate classroom in compliance with state licensing standards & program policies
  • Conduct ongoing observations & assessments through Teaching Strategies GOLD (support provided)
  • Participate in training and continued education, as necessary, to maintain and grow in your role
  • Oversee support staff and build relationships with families


  • Minimum of 21 college credits in Education or currently working towards these credits
  • Minimum 1-year experience working with children birth to grade 3
  • With the support of Center resources willing to continue annual Professional Development
  • Must be CPR and First Aid Certified, or be willing to obtain

*Saplings will support the right candidate in obtaining the necessary credentials.

Nice To Haves

Experience working in nature with children!


  • Hourly wage $18-$24, depending on experience/education
  • $500 Signing Bonus
  • Up to 4 weeks paid time off, optional 2 weeks unpaid time off, 9 paid holidays
  • Monthly Wellness Stipend
  • Funding and paid time for continuing education and/or professional development
  • Healthy, locally sourced lunches provided for staff
  • Free membership to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center with discounted nordic skiing and fitness classes
  • Discount to a local Farm Food Share (CSA)

Salary : $37,440 to $49,920/Yr
Minimum Education : Associate
Job Type : Full Time
Category : None
Minimum Experience : 1 Yr
Location : Craftsbury, VT

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