We’re Growing!

Tiny Trees is opening 4 new outdoor classrooms this fall and we have promoted 2 current teachers into leadership roles. That means we have teaching positions available at 6 locations in Seattle & King County.


See all and apply at tinytrees.org/about/careers


We’re Hiring!


(Full time, 36 hours/week or 30 hours/week.)


Tiny Trees Preschool gives children a quality education and a joyful, nature rich childhood: one full of play, exploration and wonder. By creating joyful, outdoor classrooms in Seattle & King County Parks, Tiny Trees eliminates the cost of a brick and mortar facility. This makes preschool affordable and accessible to all

families and allows us to invest in what really matters: empowering great teachers. Tiny Trees is an official partner of Seattle’s Parks and Recreation & King County Parks and is a provider for the Seattle Preschool Program – Pathways, which provides free tuition at Tiny Trees for children in poverty.


Tiny Trees opened 4 locations in September 2016 at Camp Long (West Seattle), Carkeek Park (North Seattle), Jefferson Park (SE Seattle) & John C Little Park (SE Seattle). New outdoor schools at the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park (Downtown Seattle), Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park (Issaquah/Renton), and Big Finn Hill Park (Kirkland) open fall of 2017. More information in this Q13 Fox News interview, this Seattle Times article or

at TinyTrees.org.


As a Lead Teacher, you will:

Work closely with our director of education, team of coordinators, and fellow teachers. This will include:

  • Teach and develop curriculum of Tiny Trees Preschool in conjunction with other members of the teaching team using High Scope as the
  • Adapt your classroom to the cultural needs of your student body by incorporating an anti-bias curriculum into your
  • Be responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of all children. This includes helping children stay warm and dry in chilly weather, managing risk in an outdoor setting and addressing student
  • Create an inviting and emotionally safe classroom that will achieve a high Early Achievers
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of students using Teaching Strategies GOLD.
  • Train and supervise assistant teaching staff for your classroom in conjunction with the director of education and program
  • Be a mentor for your education team including an assistant teacher, community volunteers, and apprentices from our college and university
  • Conduct home visits (prior to the start of school) and family-teacher
    • Overall planning for equipment and supply needs in conjunction with the assistant teacher and other program staff. Budget


  • Be the primary contact for families in your program. You will gracefully and professionally communicate with parents and caregivers, both formally and informally, individually and in groups.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and review of Tiny Trees Preschool policies, procedures, and activities in conjunction with Tiny Trees director of education, as appropriate.
  • Be an ambassador for Seattle Parks and Recreation when interacting with the public. This may include giving directions, explaining what outdoor preschool looks like, and highlighting resources or activities in the park.
  • Hold the big picture for your classroom as the most senior staff at your location.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of year-round programming. For holidays, we follow the local school district calendar.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The most competitive candidates will have 3+ years teaching experience and completed formal education in Early Childhood Education. We are looking for educators who are:

  • Experienced teaching 3-5 year olds in traditional preschool or outdoor-based programs.
  • Dedicated to equal access to education, early learning, child-directed and play-based learning, and the outdoors. You love children, equity in education, and the environment.
  • Creative and driven to adapt lessons to outdoor classrooms in Seattle city parks.
  • Inter-culturally fluent and familiar with anti-bias approaches.
  • Passionate, creative, intentional, and reflective in your work with children.
  • Engaging and easily able to communicate with students, families, and peers.
  • Excited to get dirty and laugh a lot while teaching outside in all types of weather.
  • Tolerant of uncertainty and change and understand that organizations continue to improve when the people who work there are adaptable, take chances, and learn from their mistakes.
  • Able to work occasional weekends and evenings (open houses, family-teacher conferences, etc.).
  • Bonus Points!
    • Experience teaching in a Seattle Preschool Program or Seattle Preschool Program Pathway classroom and/or experience as a Lead Teacher.
    • BA in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, P-3 endorsement, Environmental Education, or related.
    • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest natural history.
    • Multi-lingual.
    • Special talent (play an instrument, sing, puppetry, storytelling, knot tying, artistic, etc).

Job Title: Lead Teacher

  • Reports to the Director of Education and Operations.
  • Classroom location: Carkeek Park, North Seattle.
  • The positions are Monday through Friday, 40, 36 or 30 hours per week, and paid hourly.
  • The 40hr/wk and 36/hr/wk positions are year-round. The 30hr/wk position is for the 10-month school yr
  • The positions begin August 21, 2017.


Salary and Benefits: Pay range is $17.31 to $18.27 an hour. The following benefits are split between bi-weekly pay periods:

  • Health insurance stipend
  • Retirement benefits after 6 months of employment
  • Technology stipend

Additional: Generous paid time off (PTO) plus 10 holidays and some school closure days (total paid time off: 5 weeks for full time position, pro-rated for other positions). Paid training & professional development. Discounts on outdoor clothing available.


Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume with contact info for three references at tinytrees.org/about/careers. 1st Round Application Deadline: May 26. 2nd Round Application Deadline: June 30. This position requires successful reference and background checks. Tiny Trees Preschool is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates who add to our diverse community are encouraged to apply.