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A Private Independent School Inspiring Children Ages 3 - Grade 8

The Orchard School
Founded in 1922, Orchard is an independent, non-sectarian, Progressive school for 500 students in preschool through the 8th grade. Orchard is committed to advance each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open-mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning. Located in north Indianapolis on a 43- acre wooded campus with a state-of-the-art facility, Orchard promises academic excellence through a well-rounded education, engaging the natural curiosity of students in an active, child-centered, and experiential learning environment.  We seek, and strive to maintain, a diverse and inclusive school community, and are committed to the principles that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value the skills, knowledge and experiences a diverse workforce brings to our school.

The Position
The Orchard School is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative Outdoor Education Teacher to join our faculty community beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year.

Orchard seeks educators who provide nurturing guidance through modeling and through essential teacher-student relationships. This is possible when teachers know their students, care about them, and see them each as individuals. It is in this essential teacher student relationship that profound learning and great aspirations take root and blossom. Orchard expects teachers to put children at the center of their own learning, facilitate engaging hands-on project-based learning, and have a deep understanding of child development and learning differences.  Orchard seeks to hire educators who desire to grow personally and professionally in the field of education.

Specific Duties

  • Teaches outdoor and environmental education to students from early childhood through grade 8
  • Develops creative, interdisciplinary lesson plans utilizing nature as teacher
  • Maintains outdoor education equipment and resources
  • Supports the Outdoor Education Coordinator and Grounds crew regarding maintenance of educational spaces on campus
  • Meets, greets, and provides prompt and friendly customer service to parents and visitors, as required.
  • Represents the school and Outdoor Education program in a positive professional manner to the broader community
  • Other related duties as assigned

Physical Demands

  • Talking, listening, and vision
  • Mobility to roam 44-acre site and hand dexterity to utilize various maintenance tools
  • Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Climbing to set up and maintain the school’s challenge course

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Three or more years of experience in providing significant environmental educational programming, preferred
  • BA or BS in education, science, environmental science or related fields from a 4-year accredited college or university
  • Must be able to travel in and out of town from time to time for training and education.
  • Must possess a valid and current driver’s license to utilize Orchard School vehicles on a frequent basis.
  • Must protect confidential information and establish credibility
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to get along with diverse personalities
  • Judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, procedures, regulation or governmental law while recognizing and supporting the organization’s preferences and priorities
  • Working knowledge of environmental science and best practices
    Excellent intellectual flexibility and adaptability in response to changing environmental conditions and other events that necessitate schedule changes


The Orchard School values our employees and offers a total compensation package designed to attract and retain talented individuals who make our school successful. Benefits include:

  • Health and dental insurance
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Employer paid long and short-term disability
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • 11 paid personal days
  • Tuition reimbursement


Candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to  Please place “Outdoor” in the email subject line.

Orchard values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin in the administration of its admission, tuition assistance, or employment determination.

The Orchard School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

The Orchard School Foundation. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate with respect to recruitment, hiring, or any other status of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or any other category protected by law.

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