Join us in creating transformative education!

We’re currently seeking candidates for 2 positions to join us in transforming education and connecting children to place.  Please share the opportunities below with anyone you think might be a great fit to join our team!

Hiring for 2023-2024:  Lead Teacher, Middle Grades

Solid Ground School

Solid Ground School is seeking a Lead Teacher for our Middle Grades program to join us in creating educational transformation for children, families, and teachers through place-based learning.  Our collaborative faculty, beautiful setting, and supportive families make teaching at Solid Ground a joy.  Furthermore, our small class sizes and committed student body make it possible for teachers to develop meaningful relationships with children who return year after year, while the flexibility in our curriculum allows teachers the ability to meet students where they are through project-based learning that puts inquiry at its core.  As an organization that respects teachers as creative and knowledgeable professionals, our Lead Teachers have the opportunity to grow and develop a deep teaching practice centered around teaching children, not curriculum.

Our Middle Grades program is organized into 2 grade bands:  our Saplings (grades 3 & 4) and our Branches (grades 5 & 6).  Our ideal candidate is comfortable working with either age group, has experience with respectful and responsive classroom management strategies, and is knowledgeable about teaching language arts and literacy using effective, research-based strategies.  Serious candidates should have a degree relevant to teaching & learning, experience working with groups of pre-adolescents, and experience in creating and implementing project-based learning approaches in the classroom.

This job is perfect for a teacher who loves working with pre-adolescent children, enjoys developing creative and engaging inquiry-based projects in the classroom, and who appreciates opportunities to collaborate and grow with other faculty.  We offer a flexible and supportive work environment and a compensation package totaling $42,000 per academic year.  This package includes a base salary of $36,000 per 9-month contract (summers off), and an additional faculty benefits package currently valued at $6,000/year, which includes an employer matched retirement plan, student tuition waiver, and/or bonus option that can be used in combination.  For interested candidates, there is also the opportunity to earn additional income through the summer by working with our sister organization, Rising Appalachia, at their RAW summer camp on the property.”

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to Christin Butler, Executive Director at before June 21

Full-Time Americorps:  Environmental Educator & Program Support

Solid Ground School & Rising Appalachia

Join us in connecting children to nature, people to community, and transforming what's possible through education!  We are currently seeking a full-time Americorps Member to serve at Solid Ground School and Rising Appalachia starting in August 2023.  

If you or someone you know are excited about working with children outdoors, learning from experienced and responsive educators, and getting involved in transformative education, apply now!  General qualifications include experience working with children, ability to communicate proactively and collaborate with others, excitement about getting outside on a sustainable farm, and a willingness to learn!  Candidates should be willing to get CPR certified and able to pass a background check.

During the school year, 1 member will work with our Faculty Council to coordinate and implement environmental and/or art education activities throughout the week to our students ranging in age from PreK to 6th grade. They will also work directly with small groups of children to provide classroom support alongside our Lead Teachers in our indoor and outdoor classroom spaces. In the summer, the member will work to provide environmental education to campers aged 6-17 at RAW Camp.

Americorps members build valuable skills and connections through their service, while earning a salary stipend and educational benefits.  There will be opportunities to work with our Executive Director to develop your skills in designing and leading place-based and project-based educational activities, as well as learn to work with children using responsive and respectful approaches from our talented Lead Teachers. This position is perfect for someone looking to join us in transforming educational practices for our changing world.

To apply, learn more about how to serve, and how you can benefit, visit: position is open immediately and until filled.  Apply soon!