Permanent - Full-Time

Place-based Class Teacher: Grades 3-5

The Community School for Place Based Education, Mount Desert, ME


Required Experience

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 context; Eager to engage with the social and natural ecology of Mount Desert Island

Certification Requirements

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.

Other Requirements

Our academics are rooted in what is developmentally appropriate for each child. Small class sizes allow for a balance of collaborative and collective learning as well as individualized attention. Our “Expedition” unit is interdisciplinary, with a focus in the sciences and social studies. The Math Workshop, (based on Eureka Math) and Language Arts Workshop use active and engaging learning to explore math, reading, and writing. A weekly Outing affords off-campus study and continued collaboration and stewardship with local people and places.

Job Details




3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th.

Salary Range

$40,000 - $50,000

Desired Start Date

August 2024

About the Area

What do People Like Most About This Area?

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.

585 Sound Drive
Mount Desert, ME 04660


If you are interested in joining our collaborative and dynamic teaching team, please send a cover letter and resume to our school office at: office@thecommunityschool.me, with “Intertidal Class Teacher” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled.

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