The Community School for Place-based Education seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced educator to co-lead our multi-age grades 6-8 “Alpine class” in collaboration with a small and dedicated faculty group, beginning August 2024.
The ideal candidate:
● Has experience in and a passion for Place-based teaching and learning;
● Has at least 3 years of teaching experience and is comfortable leading a multi-age group
outdoors and in the classroom;
● Has strong group dynamics and facilitation skills, with experience and understanding of
this age groups social-emotional development and psychology;
● Is experienced in outdoor leadership and trip-leading and comfortable leading overnight
learning experiences in the field;
● Is well-rounded and comfortable teaching and integrating all subject areas;
● Engages multiple ways of knowing into curriculum implementation and development;
● Possesses clear, confident and engaging communication skills, with strong
organizational skills and attention to detail;
● Skilled in interpreting the natural and social landscapes of the Maine coast, including
general natural history knowledge and ability to integrate local history within a global
● Eager to engage with the social and natural ecology of Mount Desert Island and cultivate
relationships with community partners;
● Builds positive and meaningful relationships with the local and greater community;
● Works to uphold principles of social justice in the interest of students, colleagues, and
the school community, and believes in education as a tool for powerful social change;
● Embraces and values collaboration with current faculty, families, and our local

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A State of Maine Teaching certificate or equivalent is preferred.
Due to the active nature of our program, current certification in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or higher is required of all teaching staff.

About The Community School for Place Based Education

Located along a tidal creek and 7o acre preserve in Somesville, Maine, the school occupies a historic farmhouse, barn, yurts, and a series of outdoor classroom spaces. We are a state-certified independent school, incorporating a variety of teaching methods in our Place-Based model, cultivating a sense of self, place and community.
Connection to one another and to the place we live is important to us and our learning. We are a highly collaborative teaching community that practices mindful listening and makes decisions together. Both teachers and children are caretakers of the schoolhouse and property. Additionally, we extend our stewardship to the surrounding landscapes and communities of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park and local land trust preserves.

Application Instructions

The Community School (TCS) is committed to providing equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals and employment decisions at TCS will be based on factors such as merit, qualifications and abilities. TCS does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.