Regional Substitute Preschool Teachers for Mass Audubon Nature Preschools

Location: Mattapan, MA; Lincoln, MA; Wenham, MA
Sanctuary: Boston Nature Center , Drumlin Farm , Ipswich River

Are you an early childhood educator interested in being part of a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in environmental education for young children and also in protecting the nature of Massachusetts? Mass Audubon is looking for a few naturally curious substitute preschool teachers who demonstrate a deep respect for young children age 3-6 and also have the ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team of talented teachers in 3 of our nature preschools. This regional position requires the ability to travel to 1 of our 3 nature preschools when needed (travel time is paid). These nature preschools include: Pathways to Nature at the Boston Nature Center (Mattapan), Drumlin Farm Community Preschool at Drumlin Farm (Lincoln) and Ipswich River Nature Preschool (Wenham).  This position also requires the ability to work full days, Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m.), when needed. We are looking for educators who are comfortable following curriculum plans that are developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based, emergent and based on current research and knowledge of child development, while also adhere to Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations and Mass Audubon policies and guidelines. Please note - our regional substitute teacher plans will follow all relevant health and safety precautions related to COVID-19. This is a wonderful opportunity to work in a supportive professional community in the field of nature-based early childhood education and also get to know 3 distinctly different Mass Audubon nature preschools with natural landscapes that are beautiful and unique in their own way.


  • Be a part of providing a physically and emotionally safe environment for young children in both indoor and outdoor settings
  • Be a part of implementing a curriculum that reflects the needs of the children, developmentally appropriate standards for early childhood education and the mission of Mass Audubon and philosophy of each nature preschool.
  • Follow all MA Dept. of Early Education and Care regulations and Mass Audubon policies and guidelines.
  • 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.


  • MA Dept. of Early Education and Care (EEC) Lead Teacher OR Preschool Teacher certification preferred but not required.
  • Experience and educational background in environmental and science education preferred. 
  • Some familiarity with inquiry-based education.
  • Some familiarity with MA state early childhood standards.  
  • Excellent verbal 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.
  • Prior to hiring, candidates must pass a background records check which includes CORI, SORI, DCF and state required fingerprinting.

Compensation and Benefits

$16-$18/hour, based on experience and EEC certification level.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Jill Canelli
Job# 3273

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