Working at Watershed means being part of a creative, collaborative community of educators.

The words "I've always done it this way" don't work here. Teachers who want to shut the door and do their own thing aren't a good fit. When you teach at Watershed, you're expected to build on other's ideas and share the best lessons you've learned in the classroom. You'll teach in a team and offer feedback on every piece of curriculum in the school. At Watershed, we are always open to learning, and always open to growing through failure. We were founded on a commitment to best practices and we work to make it happen every day.

The school supports this relentless commitment to innovation with robust access to professional learning, structured collaboration, and time to prepare.

Our teachers have three weeks of paid professional learning time in the middle of the school year. While students are off on vacation or engaging in intensive courses led by outside organizations, our teachers are on-campus planning curriculum, providing feedback to each other, and learning new skills.

The Watershed Expedition to the Future of Learning generously funds professional development and travel to conferences, and your contract year will end with the national Traverse event, which brings national innovators in education right to Watershed's campus. Our teachers present at Traverse annually, and a commitment to sharing what you've learned is a core expectation for our faculty.

As an independent school, we do not need to adhere to Common Core or multiple choice standardized tests. We make our own decisions about curriculum, as a community of educators, based on research-based best practices.

If this excites you - in the heart-racing sense of the term - then we encourage you to apply. For the right teacher, there's nowhere else in the country they'd rather be.

You know you’re working in a special place when you not only find yourself side-by-side with your students, learning and exploring together, but you come to a point where a student launches forward and is suddenly teaching you.
— Jeff Osgood, Humanities Educator

salary and benefits

Salaries are competitive with other independent schools in Colorado. Full-time employees earn contributions to medical/dental/vision insurance and school contribution to a Simple IRA retirement plan. Employees working 30+ hours/week are eligible for 50% tuition remission for children. Teachers receive standard vacations (9 weeks in summer plus 5 weeks during the year), while administrative employees receive take a July break plus school holidays during the year.

Our teachers enjoy a supportive and collegial work environment, dress comfortably, and enjoy close student relationships. Plus, if your dog plays well with others, he or she is welcome to come to work with you.

Working at Watershed feels like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. It feels like we are doing something different, something important. Each day feels new and feels as if anything can happen. There is an electricity in the air and it’s powered by the exchange of ideas.
— Taylor Replane, Art Educator

desired qualifications FOR FUll-time teachers

  • Successful experience teaching a rigorous curriculum in a project-based classroom is a must.
  • Advanced work (e.g. graduate school or research) in your discipline is highly desirable.
  • Interdisciplinary teaching experience is highly desirable.
  • International travel and/or trip leadership experience is highly desirable.
  • Outdoor education experience is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work effectively as part of a team.
  • A proven track record of professional learning, willingness to try new things, demonstrate agility and empathy, and the ability to learn through failure.
  • WFA certification will be required for full-time middle school educators before the first day of work. WFR certification will be required for full-time high school educators before the first day of the work. The right candidate can earn this certification after an offer is accepted, before arriving to school.

Watershed teachers must be available to travel during the school year, such as Wilderness/Orientation, May Term, and expedition trips during the semester.

At Watershed, I can teach in the best way I know how.
— Hannah Nelson, Science Educator

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Middle School Science Educator (FT, starts mid-August)

Seeking a full-time middle school school science educator prepared to teach a variety of disciplines within a thematic, interdisciplinary format. Our science educators team teach with a humanities educator on topics including "Farm to Table" or "Source to Sea," driving passion and critical inquiry through meaningful study of real-world topics. Our courses are hands-on, project-based, and expeditionary. In addition to work during this "expedition" class, full-time teachers have teaching responsibilities to during wilderness and May Term domestic and international travel.  The successful candidate will not only be a knowledgable and experienced science educator, but creative, collaborative, and experienced in student-centered pedagogy. We seek teachers committed to the developmental needs of early adolescents and to participating in community life beyond the classroom - in advisory, community meetings, intramurals, and informal interactions. Experience and passion for middle school is required. Please see "Desired Qualifications" above for more info. 

High School Math Educator (FT, starts mid-August)

Seeking a full-time high school math educator to teach up to 3 sections of math, take an advisory, lead high school wilderness programs, teach May Term courses. We seek teachers committed to the developmental needs of early adolescents and to participating in community life beyond the classroom - in advisory, community meetings, intramurals, and informal interactions. The successful candidate will not only be a knowledgeable and experienced math educator, but creative, collaborative, and experienced in student-centered pedagogy. A project-based approach that connects math content to the real-world is essential. Our successful educators are also committed to the whole child, and to developing the character of students as well as their mathematical fluency. Please see "Desired Qualifications" above for more info on general qualifications for full-time Watershed faculty.

Middle School Science Educator (PT, starts mid-August)

Seeking a part-time middle school school science educator prepared to teach a variety of disciplines within a thematic, interdisciplinary format in our 8th grade. Our science educators team teach with a humanities educator on topics including "Farm to Table" or "Source to Sea," driving passion and critical inquiry through meaningful study of real-world topics. Our courses are hands-on, project-based, and expeditionary.  The successful candidate will not only be a knowledgable and experienced science educator, but creative, collaborative, and experienced in student-centered pedagogy. The schedule for this position is afternoons three days a week from Labor Day through mid-April, with planning and collaboration time on top of that as needed. Experience and passion for middle school is required. Please see "Desired Qualifications" above for more info. 

to apply

To apply for any position, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Head of School Greg Bamford at greg [at] watershedschool.org.