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 Spring 2019

Full-Time Middle School Humanities Teacher

Watershed School seeks a passionate, energetic full-time middle school humanities educator to begin August 7, 2019.  Our program involves science and humanities educators team-teaching courses focused on big topics and questions, for example: Farm to Table, Source to Sea, and Home.  Educators have significant collaborative planning time, and engage students regularly in learning from experiences and experts outside the classroom.  We believe that students learn best when engaged in learning not just about the world, but in the world and for the world.  

Teaching at Watershed also includes leading an advisory group, engaging in orientation camping trips, teaching a May Term course (alternating between domestic travel with middle school and international travel with high school), and participating in extensive professional development, including the school's annual Traverse Conference.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5+ years experience teaching humanities at the middle school level

  • Demonstrated experience with a project-based and/or expeditionary approach

  • Experience with interdisciplinary curriculum and/or team-teaching

  • Consistent record of working to innovate and improve their teaching through both experimentation and professional learning

  • Experience leading outdoor trips

  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively

  • Ability to travel on overnight trips, including international travel, for durations up to two weeks long

  • Broad global and multicultural competency

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a wide range of adolescents

  • Have, or be able to obtain by August 7, 2019, either Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Tim Breen, Head of School, at tim [at] NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Now accepting resumes for our sub list

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Head of School Tim Breen at tim [at] NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 

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 Tim Breen at tim [at] PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.