Forest Preschool Director Job Description
North Branch Nature Center’s mission is Connecting People with the Natural World. We
envision a world where people of all ages learn, teach, and play together in nature,
supporting healthy, resilient communities and ecosystems. More than 15,000 people visit
North Branch Nature Center (NBNC) annually to be immersed in the natural world
through environmental education, natural history, and community science programs. Our
28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of
the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier, Vermont, and is also
popular as a year-round place to walk, ski, swim, or simply to do nothing beside the river.
We are committed to making our natural areas, our organization, and our entire
community a more inclusive and equitable place. Our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and
Inclusion steps taken to date are detailed here.
About Forest Preschool
Forest Preschool is guided by the idea that children need nature and learn with a sense of
wonder and enthusiasm when they spend ample time in natural spaces. At Forest Preschool,
children spend 40-100% of the school day learning and playing outside in rain, shine, or
snow, except in extreme weather conditions. Our nature immersion program uses the
landscape to support the development of the whole child using a combination of
inquiry-based, play-based, emergent, and place-based learning. We empower children to be
active in their own learning process by supporting each child’s unique sense of wonder and
paying careful attention to personal interest. At NBNC, we encourage respect and gentle
caring for nature, ourselves, and one another.
The Forest Preschool (FPS) Director is responsible for the overall leadership of NBNC’s
licensed, nature-based preschool. The FPS Director guides the FPS team to facilitate
child-centered play and learning with nature, promoting best practices of a nature-based early
childhood program at NBNC. The FPS Director ensures that quality standards for
excellence are achieved while maintaining our state license and STARS rating, and while
meeting any other operational mandates. The FPS Director is a hybrid teaching and
administrative position, and oversees all FPS teaching, curriculum development, risk
management and safety policies, staff support, logistics, and educational philosophy. The
FPS Director also holds primary responsibility for FPS and Aftercare enrollment, family
communication, parent/teacher conferences, FPS special events, and FPS representation in
the broader early childhood education and nature-based early childhood education
communities. A member of both the NBNC Administrative Team and the NBNC Education
Team, the FPS Director also supervises the other FPS teachers and coordinates Robin’s Nest
● A passion for NBNC’s mission of Connecting People with the Natural World.
● Meets Vermont child care licensing qualifications as stated in the regulations
including a BA in Early Childhood Education or Primary Education and an Early
Childhood Certification in Vermont.
● Background or coursework related to nature-based early childhood education and/or
● Knowledge of or familiarity with Vermont Center Based Childcare Licencing
Experience leading and teaching students aged 3 to 6 in an outdoor nature-based
program in all types of weather.
● Experience with storytelling, singing, and incorporating nature-inspired lessons in
daily teaching routine.
● Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to high professional ethical
● Commitment to professional development in equity, inclusion and justice; values
diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
● Proficient in Google Suite programs.
Experience using digital technology to communicate with families.
● Completion of Mandated Reporter Training, Vermont Preschool Orientation
Training, and Medication Administration Training.
● First Aid and CPR certifications (Wilderness First Aid preferred)
About North Branch Nature Center
North Branch Nature Center connects people with environmental education, natural history, and community science. More than 10,000 people visit NBNC to be in touch with the sights, sounds, and sensations of the natural world.
Our 28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier. NBNC is the delight in the eyes of children as they watch fireflies in a field. NBNC is a group of naturalists exploring the secrets of warblers and willows. And it's a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply relax beside the river. There is much to explore. Please join us.