Preschool Teacher – Part Time 18-20 hours per week

Location: Wenham
Sanctuary: Ipswich River

Location: Wenham, MA

Are you an early childhood educator interested in being part of a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and protecting the nature of Massachusetts? Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Nature Preschool in Wenham, MA is looking for a naturally curious preschool teacher who demonstrates a deep respect for children age 3-5 and who has the ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team of talented teachers. The position requires the ability to work three days a week for 18 - 20 hours a week. We are looking for a special educator who can implement a developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based, emergent curriculum based on current research and knowledge of child development, while adhering to Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care regulations. This is a wonderful opportunity to work in a beautiful outdoor setting in a supportive community.


  • Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for young children in both indoor and outdoor settings
  • Develop and implement a curriculum that reflects the needs of the children, developmentally appropriate standards for early childhood education and the mission of Mass Audubon.
  • Follow Ipswich River Nature Preschool Child Guidance Plan and all other preschool regulations.
  • Help maintain the physical environment by contributing to housekeeping tasks as needed 
  • Spend significant time outdoors with the students during all seasons, except in high winds, extreme cold, rain or sleet. 
  • Participate in Parent/Teacher Conferences and pre-determined Admissions and  Community events.
  • Maintain schedule as determined by the Preschool Director and applicant.

This is a part time position 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays with three additional hours on Mondays for staff meetings and planning.   Additional hours are available as needed for participation in school events.


  • EEC Preschool  Teacher certification
  • Experience and educational background in environmental and science education preferred. 
  • Familiarity with inquiry-based education and a constructivist, project based approach.
  • Familiarity with state early childhood standards.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work cooperatively and independently required. 
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural, linguistic backgrounds and, physical and mental disabilities.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and commitment to helping others grow in understanding of and concern for the environment and people’s relationship to it. 
  • Ability to lead walks on trails, current first aid/CPR or willing to obtain
  • Successful candidates will need to pass a back records check (CORI, SORI and Fingerprinting)

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is based on experience and EEC certification level. This position is approximately 18-20 hours a week. Ability to work some school vacations and summer programming a plus

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Karen First – Preschool Director
Job# 3147

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.