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EMPLOYMENT AT SPRING RIVER:  Join the Homeschool Revolution

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Open Positions for the 2024-2025 School Year

 

​First Grade Class Teacher

Job Description upon request

Do you have a pioneering spirit? Could this be your dream job? 

 

We seek a classroom-experienced, enthusiastic candidate excited about working in a developing school withan all-outdoor environment.Your classroom without walls is steps from the ocean in a beautiful preserve filled with all the gifts northeast Florida offers. Note: We have a lovely inclement weather home for those days we cannot be outside.

Teaching at Spring River includes a commitment to looping with a class for the duration of the lower or middle school years, forming a strong bond with students, colleagues 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 in a related field, a commitment to self-development, and an excitement to work in an all-outdoor school setting, carrying primary responsibilities to deliver a multi-disciplinary, arts-infused education to your students.

Benefits

We offer competitive salaries, 100% tuition remission, a health stipend to use as you wish, paid time off, mentoring and teacher and student 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 will consider relocation assistance for the right candidate.

Support

We provide one teaching assistant in each classroom, leadership and mentorship through a Pedagogical Administrator and two faculty chairs, internal student support services, and opportunities for leadership within the college of teachers.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to:    employment@springriverschool.org

Substitute Teachers

Status: As needed/Part Time/Non-Exempt

Pay Scale: $18.00-$22.50/hr

Reports to: Operations Coordinator

 

Position Summary: The Spring River Substitute Teacher teaches and supervises students in the event that their regular teacher is unable to lead the class.  In order to create an encouraging learning environment while the regular teacher is absent, the Substitute Teacher will need to effectively manage and instruct the class from setting up the classroom and  taking attendance through to breaking down the classroom after the school day is over.  

 

Skills: Being a Substitute Teacher requires patience, creativity, and a commitment to teamwork with the Teaching Assistant and the Operations Coordinator. Substitute Teachers should understand how to communicate with children, and be willing to efficiently address behavioral problems. Substitute Teachers must be able to hold confidentiality and professionalism with the parent/teacher bond, be able to work in a team setting with colleagues, follow school guidelines and policies, and have excellent communication skills.

 

Other responsibilities 

  • Set up and clean up the  outdoor classroom. 

  • Must be fully present and aware of children and surroundings at all times.

  • Follow "sub" lesson plans provided by the class teacher/administration. 

  • Be on-site and participate in arrival and dismissal procedures.

  • Visually check the daily location of the school for trash and safety hazards.  Assist in cleaning up and/or relocating as needed.

  • Carry a cell phone at all times.

  • Abide by the school safety plan and address any questions or concerns with the administrative team.

 

Required Qualifications

  • A deep love for children, respect for parents, enjoyment of working in collaboration with colleagues, joy, and enthusiasm in your work.

  • Good written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people

  • Bachelor’s Degree 

  • 2 years Classroom Experience

  • Must be comfortable spending 100% time outdoors in all weather.

 

Preferred Qualifications​

  • Waldorf Teaching Certification or experience

  • 5+ years teaching experience

Please send a letter of interest and resume to:    employment@springriverschool.org

K-8 Teacher Assistants 

Status: Part Time/Non-Exempt

Days of Work: M-F (5, 3, or 2 days available)

Pay Scale: $16.50/hr

Reports to: Class Teacher & School Administration

Benefits: 30% tuition remission benefit for days of work.

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 of patience, kindness, and openness in the outdoor classroom, 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 to:    employment@springriverschool.org

High School Teachers/Tutors - Part-time 

Become a part of a blossoming initiative to re-imagine high school home education!  Our Waldorf-inspired learning community is seeking part time high school educators/instructors and subject experts to engage our students in a High School offering for 9th and 10th Graders in 2024-25. 

Traveling Waldorf Teachers are also welcome!  Join us for a block or two in your area of speciality as part of your year's journey.

Classes will be indoors with a rich outdoor ecological and land steward component and are structured in 8-week blocks. Teach one block or multiple - we are open to options that suit our programming and your schedule.

We are currently interviewing prospective instructors in the areas of:

  • Sciences (Physics, Anatomy, Chemistry, Human and Marine Biology)

  • Fine Art Electives

See our programming page for more details on our offerings.

Please send a letter of interest and resume for any position to:    hsadmin@springriverschool.org

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Our School

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.

Our Community

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].

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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.

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