Job Opening for 2023-2024

3-6 Lead Guide or 3-6 Paid Intern in Catskill, New York, US

Catskill Montessori School (CMS) is a private, non-profit school inspired by permaculture ethics of people care, earth care, and fair share, on 63 acres nestled between the Mahicannituck and the Catskill Mountains. CMS is equidistant from Boston and New York City (about two hours). With many quaint towns nearby, including Hudson with Amtrak service to NYC, Catskill offers the charm, culture, and environment of the Hudson Valley.

Our school opened its doors in the fall of 2020 with one early childhood 3-6 class and one 6-9 elementary class in a restored 1750s barn, along with a budding permaculture farm. Now in our third year, we serve toddlers through 5th grade in five authentic Montessori classrooms with the blueprint to expand to include a Secondary program (12-18) as our students rise each year across two converted barns and a farmhouse. In addition, our permaculture farm has grown to include a working greenhouse, apple orchards, outdoor/forest classroom, and farm animals, including Nigerian dwarf goats, rabbits, hens, and runner ducks.  At CMS, hands-on student learning extends beyond the classroom to our campus with its greenhouse, garden beds, farm animals, and surrounding 16 acres of forests, trails, and rivers.

JOB DESCRIPTION  We are seeking an experienced 3-6 MACTE credential (Lead or Assistant) Guide to join us for the 2023-2024 school year.  This Guide will work with the rest of the teaching team (another Lead Guide and Assistant) and should be eager to provide an authentic Montessori classroom experience with a warm, nurturing, and safe environment where self-direction is enhanced, independence encouraged, and individuality respected, alongside a strong outdoor education program that champions students to become stewards of the land they inhabit.

~ 3-6 MACTE credential or Montessori training preferred; however, applicants in training or willing to complete training should also consider applying.
~ Have previous experience working in a Montessori classroom environment
~ Enthusiasm for CMS’ founding ethos of People Care, Fair Share, and Earth Care
~ Passionate about working in a nurturing and supportive environment where hands-on learning extends beyond the classroom into the natural world
~ Can work well and positively as part of a team; basic computer skills
~ Able to work between 8:15 am and 4:00 pm daily during our balanced year calendar (once hired, applicants can choose to increase base pay by working during our Session Camps)
~ Interest or experience in farming, permaculture, or similar experience is a big plus!
~ Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

COMPENSATION This is a full-time position with a competitive salary (commensurate with experience), Health/Dental/Vision benefits, 401k (with pre-tax or post-tax contribution), Montessori professional development allowance, and tuition assistance for dependent children.

ONSITE STAFF HOUSING Catskill Montessori School has limited on-site staff housing available. Candidates interested in onsite housing should include that in their cover letter. On-site housing is not guaranteed.

APPLY If you’re interested in joining our school community, please send your resume and cover letter to the address below. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color (BIPOC), lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender, queer, and gender diverse people are all strongly encouraged to apply.  Our school community seeks to help each child build the adult of their future and engender respect for the differences of others doing the same. Part of this includes developing an appreciation for and building a community with those of different spiritual beliefs, cultural heritages, racial and gender identities, economic backgrounds, and other affiliations. The land surrounding and supporting the school also inspires and informs our work as we guide the children on a journey to become global citizens and stewards of this land and our planet.

We are not able to sponsor a visa applicant at this time.

Gaurapriya Tester, Head of School

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This service is provided as a courtesy by The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
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