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Position: Junior/Intermediate Teacher (Core, Permanent)
EmployerTamarack West Outdoor School
Location: Toronto ON (High Park/Bloor West)

Start date: As soon as possible
Duration: from the start date through June 2022, with possibility for extension
Hours: Every Fridays, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Intent of the Process:

We are looking for 1 Permanent Junior/Intermediate Core Teacher to teach a small class of students between Grades 5 - 7.

About Tamarack West:

Tamarack West Outdoor School is a full-time elementary school and is an accredited member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS). Our students start as early as Junior Kindergarten, and the student body is growing! We are looking for a dedicated Junior/Intermediate teacher. Tamarack West’s mandate is to provide a compassionate, challenging, and inspiring environment where kids feel safe to take risks and explore their potential. We are dedicated to helping develop resilient, confident, and passionate children with inquisitive minds and strong skills.

The school curriculum is guided by the Ontario Ministry of Education, enhanced by student inspirations, and excelled by Ontario Certified Teachers, Early Childhood Educators, mentors, school visitors, community members, and local experts. Tamarack West recognizes incredible potential through experiential and inquiry-based learning by participating with the community at large.

Job description:

The Junior/Intermediate teacher will be responsible for the development and delivery of creative and comprehensive classroom programming, utilizing both outdoor and indoor settings daily. The ideal candidate champions a compassionate learning community that celebrates different learners, allowing them to thrive and prosper. The ideal candidate has a strong and practiced background utilizing an inquiry-based, student-centered mentoring approach with students both in nature and in the classroom.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver curriculum that meets students where they are at, are appropriately challenging, creative, and that creates interdisciplinary connections, utilizing both outdoor and indoor settings daily
  • Co-teach a class of students (1:4 ratio) between Grades 5 - 7
  • Teach outdoors for half the day daily, and indoors* for the remaining day (*indoors may be replaced with online teaching during the pandemic)
  • Mentor and guide students throughout the year
  • Integrate the school’s mandate throughout all activities
  • Participate in daily planning and debriefing meetings
  • Participate in staff meetings, professional development opportunities, and other activities related to school life
  • Support, supervise, and assess student progress and report on individual student achievement
  • Attend Family-Teacher Meetings (aka Parent Teacher Interviews)
  • Champion a compassionate, positive, safe, and inclusive learning environment for students and all community members
  • Support families with open, ongoing communication about student progress
  • Maintain and handle sensitive situations/information with professionalism
  • Integrate and support student teachers, volunteers, and visitors into the school community
  • Be available for training where required
  • Be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including winter seasons
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A B.Ed or higher and Certificate of Qualification and Registration with the OCT (or equivalent) in good standing
  • Up to date Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Up to date Standard First Aid and CPR-C or higher

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Proven excellence in classroom management, time management, organizational, and planning skills
  • Strong communication, teamwork, and instructional skills
  • Curiosity and willingness to accept new perspectives
  • Compassion, and a desire to cultivate courage in students and their ability to nurture connection within themselves, with others, and their surroundings
  • Proven ability to use a wide variety of teaching and assessment strategies to meet the learning needs of all students
  • Adept at utilizing an interdisciplinary, student-centred, inquiry-based approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work and plan in close collaboration with colleagues, parents, and students
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to handle confidential material and situations with discretion and sensitivity
  • Highly accountable with strong follow-through on commitments
  • Proven ability to work in an ever-changing environment (outdoors and indoors) as a supportive team player who is adaptable, able to learn quickly, and think on their feet
  • A state of health that allows you to safely lead classes over uneven and hilly terrain and under a variety of weather conditions, including winter programming
  • Models natural curiosity, a love for nature, and an appreciation for being outdoors rain or shine, snow or sleet
  • Experience as a classroom teacher or similar field (an asset)
  • Experience as an outdoor education teacher or similar field (an asset)

Tamarack West Outdoor School offers an exemplary working environment that is exceptionally supportive, positive, inclusive, and compassionate with competitive compensation. We support and encourage ongoing professional development and leadership opportunities.

Application Procedure:

Please submit the following in a single PDF document via email to

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copy of your Certificate of Qualification in good standing (please provide license number if pending)
  • Practice Teaching Reports (new teachers)
  • Most recent performance review(s) (experienced teachers)
  • Names, emails, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references (at least one of which must be a current principal/supervisor, if applicable)

PDF Filename: “Junior Teacher: [Your Full Name]“

Email Subject Line: “Junior Teacher: [Your Full Name]”.

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We thank all candidates for their interest and kindly request no phone calls.
Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Tamarack West Outdoor School provides equal opportunity employment and encourages applications from people from diverse professional, cultural and educational backgrounds. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Information received will be addressed in confidence.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 6 2022    ID: 62324