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 work time - for professional development or simply for course prep - 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, long-term disability insurance (LTD), and a 5% school match to a 403(b) 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 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.

Openings for Fall 2018

Counselor / Director of Social-Emotional Learning

Watershed School is seeking a part-time Counselor / Director of Social-Emotional Learning to provide expertise and support in promoting social-emotional health as a community, as well as support to individual students. Watershed is an intentionally small community of 81 students.

Half-time (20-25) hours/week during the school year. Counselor follows an teaching calendar and receives all school holidays. Start date August 7, 2018. 

Looking for:

  • Training in a systems approach to counseling.
  • Experience working with teens and families.
  • Experience in a school is preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional learning.


  • Provide social-emotional resources and tools to advisors to support them in working with advisees.
  • Help develop social-emotional curriculum for advisory and for community meetings.
  • In collaboration with the advisors’ coordinating role, develop re-entry plans for students returning from time away for psychological reasons.
  • Serve as a point of contact for outside therapists working with Watershed students.
  • Serve as an in-house expert on mental health and social-emotional support with the administrative team.
  • Conduct training for Watershed families to support social-emotional learning school-wide.
  • Teach one seminar class related to social-emotional skills each term.
  • Develop appropriate drug and alcohol intervention and interdiction strategies.
  • Counseling sessions with students as needed.
  • Develop and lead the school’s advisory program.
  • Plan and implement Team Meetings (weekly meetings during which teachers discuss student issues).

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Head of School Greg Bamford at greg [at] NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 


Watershed is seeking a creative, hands-on teacher to develop and lead a coding/engineering class for our students. The right candidate will have the freedom to develop an original curriculum leading students through real-world challenges in our flexible IDEAS Kitchen space. Leveraging our existing set of SparkFun Inventor’s Kits is encouraged.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Head of School Greg Bamford at greg [at] NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

1 class daily, either 9:10-10:05am or 10:20-11:15am, September-December. Pay $3830/semester.


Watershed is seeking a creative, hands-on educator to develop and teach two visual arts electives in our hands-on IDEAS Kitchen space. The right candidate will have the ability to develop courses based on their expertise and the interests of MS/HS students. We are seeking an educator who is passionate about sharing art, creative about classroom instruction, and good at connecting with adolescents.

The available class periods are 9:10-10:05am and 10:20-11:15am daily, September-December. Pay is $3830 per class per semester.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Head of School Greg Bamford at greg [at] In your letter, please indicate whether you are available to teach one or both of the class periods above, and some possible topics for the art electives you would teach. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Front Desk/office manager

Position Summary

The Office Manager performs a variety of school support functions, including facilities management, and day to day operations with a focus on efficiency and time management. The scope of responsibilities for this position requires a highly-motivated individual with a positive and encouraging attitude, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner under minimal supervision. The core values for this position are a friendly demeanor, trustworthiness and integrity. The position may come in contact with sensitive and personal information on a regular basis, and it is vital that its confidentiality be protected and not communicated with others. Experience in a school setting is preferred but not required.

Click here for a detailed job description including pay/hours

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Chief Experience Officer Mishel Gantz at mishel [at] NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

This position begins on August 6th, 2018.

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

to apply

To apply for any position, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Head of School Greg Bamford at greg [at] PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.