• Charlottesville, VA
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic: PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV

Website Mountaintop Montessori

Year-Round Ecology Educator and Schoolyard Gardener

About Our School:

Mountaintop Montessori provides the greater Charlottesville community with an

exceptional and authentic Montessori education, serving children and families

from infancy through adolescence. Our campus is home to year-round

programming in which children thrive through experiential learning, interactions

with the natural world, and collaborative discovery. Our campus is a 9-acre

classroom including multiple gardens, a greenhouse, a certified wildlife habitat,

and an art studio.

We envision children who live with enduring curiosity, joy, and responsibility. A

community where each member is cherished and challenged. A world enriched by

these young leaders, creators, problem-solvers, and peace-makers.

Preparation & Maintenance

● The Educator works hands-on in the schoolyard garden and greenhouse and creates outdoor classrooms with the necessary plants, tools, and educational opportunities for ecology lessons.

● The Educator organizes and implements the planting and maintenance of crops in the schoolyard garden, which are used in the Garden to Table cooking program and in summer SEED Camp.

● The Educator works with the Middle School Coordinator to implement permaculture program elements such as the orchard and apiary.

● The Educator is in charge of caring for the chickens or other animals and maintaining their living environment.

● The Educator is familiar with the school’s safety protocols and implements these in the garden/outdoor experience design for children.

Curriculum Development/Lesson Planning & Preparation

● The Educator is the lead instructor in the SEED (Summer of Ecological Exploration and Discovery) Camp program, which involves preparing classroom materials, maintaining and utilizing the garden during summer months, planning and scheduling daily activities, managing and mentoring camp assistants, and planning field trips to natural and educational sites.

● The Educator will also work with the Director of Camps and Afterschool programs to help promote the SEED Program.

● The Educator develops and implements an ecology-based, outdoor, and experiential curriculum for 1 st through 6th-grade students that aligns with Montessori pedagogy.

● The Educator coordinates with the Middle School Educators to deliver the permaculture program, including mentoring permaculture student managers, organizing and co- planning the annual plant sale, and coordinating with the science and permaculture Educator to support learning objectives.

● The Educator creates opportunities for students to conduct research, implement projects, take field trips, and work with local experts to deepen their knowledge and skill sets in the environmental field.

● The Educator creates a week-long, intensive program for Middle School Students to provide an immersive experience related to the curriculum.

● The Educator will chaperone the 3-day long Middle School camping trip at the start of the school year and may be asked to join other trips as needed.


● The Educator prepares lessons/activities daily for classes 1st through 6th grade.

● The Educator incorporates curricular instruction based on Mountaintop’s Ecology


Communication/Collaboration/Professional Community

● The Educator reports to the Director of Camps and Afterschool programs

● The Educator coordinates with the Garden to Table Guide to ensure that the garden yields sufficient fresh products for the cooking program.

● The Educator collaborates with the facilities staff member when repairs are needed.

● The Educator highlights the program on a rotating basis with other co-curricular Educators via posts to Parent Square.

● The Educator attends staff, planning, and collaborative meetings as described in the contract.


● Willingness to engage in, and a love of, hands-on gardening work

● Degree in ecology, field biology, education, or related field

● Preferred minimum of 3 years managing a productive garden

● Preferred minimum of 3 years experience working with children in outdoor settings such as summer camps, school gardens, etc.

● Familiarity with Montessori principles or willingness to learn

● Ability to complete general computer-based tasks such as word processing, email, and online collaboration (via Google Docs), etc.

● Must clear criminal background check

Note: Position is FLSA exempt

Mountaintop is committed to offering equal opportunities in all of its enrollment and employment practices. Mountaintop does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, family makeup, marital status, age, socio-economic level, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, learning style, or any other protected category. Mountaintop is committed to ensuring that non-discrimination applies to all areas of enrollment and employment.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $45,000.00 – $50,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Gardening: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Driver’s License (Preferred)

Ability to Commute:

  • Charlottesville, VA 22911 (Required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • Charlottesville, VA 22911: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

To apply for this job please visit mountaintopmontessori.org.