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POSITION SUMMARY: The Bennett Preschool Teacher is responsible for collaborating with co-teachers and the Preschool Director in teaching preschool age children using a Nature-Based and Reggio-Inspired philosophy and curriculum.


  • Possess Early Childhood Teaching License
  • Hold Early Childhood Teaching Degree
  • Meet State of Colorado qualifications for a group leader of a child care center
  • Be as least 21 years old
  • Be intrinsically and extrinsically motivated
  • Have the ability to work effectively with other team members and possess communication skills to resolve difficulties
  • Be fluent in speaking and writing English
  • Possess current First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Pass a health physical before employment
  • Regularly lift up to 40 pounds up to four (4) feet
  • Be able to walk up to two (2) miles on uneven terrain
  • Have knowledge of and experience with the Reggio Approach to teaching and/or Nature-Based or Forest School Early Childhood Education Models.
  • Meet acceptable criminal background check standards


  • Assist in opening or closing the preschool as assigned
  • Responsible for planning, sustaining, and implementing the Reggio Approach to teaching as well as Nature-based/Forest School philosophy and curriculum
  • Responsible for each child’s portfolio and the evolving environment inside and outside of Bennett driven by the interests of the children
  • Observe children’s development while taking anecdotal notes, video, and photographs
  • Responsible for addressing behavior management issues
  • Share in the responsibility for the safety of the children in her/his care with the ability to predict and prevent, identify and respond to safety problems
  • Uphold the Child Abuse Prevention Code of Conduct of the YMCA of the Rockies and refrain from out-of-program contact with program participants
  • Uphold and reflect the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith in all functions.
  • Share in the cleaning of the Bennett Preschool building and preschool equipment
  • Participate in YMCA Bennett Preschool Staff meetings when needed
  • Lead morning meetings when needed
  • Attend scheduled YMCA Bennett Preschool staff training
  • Basic computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • All other duties as assigned, including working in other departments as required

COMPENSATION: This is a seasonal, hourly (based on 40 hours/week) position, paying $15/hr with employee perks including: Free passes for skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and golf (dependent on season and resort).

  • Access to the YMCA of the Rockies facilities, which include: an indoor pool, basketball gymnasium, fitness classes, tennis courts, mini-golf, trails, roller rink, library, and an art center
  • Free gear rentals for sports and outdoor activities
  • Employee programming, including free or discounted staff trips, provided by the Resident Office
  • 20% Discount at our General Store, Rustic cafe, and Jackson Stable horseback rides
  • Discounts at local merchants
  • Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges (with some date restrictions based on season/occupancy)

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