EMPLOYMENT AT SPRING RIVER: Join the Homeschool Revolution
Open Positions for the 2023-2024 School Year
Class Teacher (Lower Grades) View Job Description
Spring River School seeks classroom-experienced, enthusiastic candidates who are excited about working in a growing school with an all-outdoor environment. This position includes a commitment to looping with their class for the duration of the lower school years, forming a strong bond with both students and families. The ideal candidate will have two or more years of teaching experience, whether in a traditional or non-traditional setting, a Bachelor’s or more advanced degree, a commitment to self-development, and an excitement to work in an all-outdoor school setting, carrying primary responsibilities to deliver a rigorous, multi-disciplinary, arts-infused education to your students.
Waldorf Teacher training and experience is a big plus but could be arranged through our school for the right candidate.
We offer competitive salaries, 100% tuition remission for full time staff, a health stipend to use as you wish, paid time off, mentoring and support in and out of the classroom, and paid professional development to include Waldorf Teacher Training if there is alignment with our Waldorf Pedagogy. We provide one teaching assistant in each classroom, internal student support services, and opportunities for leadership within the college of teachers
Associate Class Teacher Part-time (2-3 days per week)- Lower Grades -View Job Description
The Associate Class Teacher will be participating in a Team-Teaching arrangement and working under the guidance and mentorship of a Lead Team Teacher who holds the role of Class Teacher. We are excited to offer part-time teaching positions to our community. This part-time position includes collaborative planning with another teacher, allowing for partnership, support, shared delivery of instruction, and the flexibility to tend to other priorities outside the classroom.
Waldorf teachers are asked to deliver a living educational experience, to hold the space for the children to discover who they are and what they are capable of. This often requires a lot from the teacher. This part-time lead position is ideal for those who have a heart and calling to make a difference but are not able to commit to a full 5-day teaching experience.
Teacher Assistants (Part and Full Time) View Job Description
The Spring River teaching assistant (TA) works under the direction of the Class Teacher in the designated local park (outdoor classroom) including set up and clean up. The TA assists the class teacher by setting an example in the outdoor classroom of patience, kindness, and openness, fostering confidence, and helping students grasp basic concepts for their grade level. This level of teaching involves interactive learning with games, artistic activities, visual aids, music, and other tools to keep students engaged and challenged. The TA may be asked to take small groups of students aside for focused learning and/or artistic activities and step in as a substitute when the teacher is absent.
Please send a letter of interest and resume for any position to:
Attn: Spring River Executive Committee
Spring River School is an initiative of Jacksonville Educational Community, a pioneering non-profit organization founded by parents and local educators who are driven by a common desire to create a transformative educational experience focused on the whole-child approach. This impulse led to the establishment of Florida's first Waldorf-inspired K-8 all-outdoor education program. We also offer parent-child classes for ages birth to 5, a parent-led playgroup, a two-day nature immersion homeschool enrichment class, and are exploring a 9th-grade offering for the school year 2023-24.
Spring River welcomes families of all identities and backgrounds with open arms and hearts.
Learn More about Spring River's History.
With the support of our community, we are working toward building a campus that will be home to outdoor pavilions and a biodynamic garden. In the meantime, our classes, which operated indoors in churches and community centers for several years, have been moved to local parks from the ocean in the Beaches Area. Our teachers and families are committed to outdoor schooling, and our mission to encourage independent thought, nourish the imagination, and cultivate social responsibility. We believe that our connection to nature helps us all learn to be better stewards of the world around us. Jacksonville is a welcoming, multicultural city that offers "big city" amenities, including a flourishing art and theater scene, street fairs and markets, thriving museums, professional sports, and world-class fishing. We are blessed with year-round outdoor living on the historic St. Johns River, eco-adventures along our shaded forest trails, or sandy walks on our 22 miles of friendly neighborhood beaches. Jacksonville proudly boasts the country's most extensive urban park system, with more than 80,000 designated acres, including 400 city parks, seven state parks, two national parks, and dozens of gardens and arboretums [from visitjax.com].
EOE Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
It is the policy of Spring River School to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, status as a covered veteran, or any other legally protected status, in accordance with federal and state law, and not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, benefits, promotion, demotion, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.