Sunrise Waldorf School is seeking an experienced and dynamic 5th-8th grade woodworking teacher to join our dedicated faculty beginning 2022-2023. The position requires authentic warmth, good humour, joy, and enthusiasm for working with children. The ideal candidate must also have familiarity or interest in best practices of Waldorf education.

The woodworking teacher will be able to work collaboratively to schedule, plan and assess developmentally appropriate projects, with an understanding that students within a given class will make progress on their work at varying rates. The ideal candidate will have completed Waldorf training and have teaching experience in a Waldorf school, as well as a history of strong classroom management and assessment along with the ability to maintain professional relationships with parents, faculty and staff.

This is a part-time position compensated hourly or as a salaried position depending on the suitability and availability of the candidate. Days of work could range from 3-5 days per week.


Candidates for this position ideally have experience working with middle school aged students and working in a Waldorf setting. In addition, the woodworking teacher should have excellent skills working with hand tools. Ideal candidate will also possess:

  • BC Teaching Certificate, or equivalent;

  • Waldorf training and experience (preferred);

  • Legally able to work in Canada;

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for Waldorf education;

  • Experience in teaching elementary and middle school students;

  • Confident classroom presence, classroom management skills and positive discipline strategies;

  • Ability to self-start and create lesson and assessment plans for a range of abilities;

  • Facility in working with hand tools and wood;

  • Skill in leading woodworking projects with students that may include carving and constructing;

  • An eagerness to collaborate deeply with colleagues and school parents;

  • 3–5 years of experience working with children (preferred).


  • Work cooperatively with colleagues to support the woodworking program;

  • Engage in professional development;

  • Collaborate with team members to facilitate interdisciplinary instruction that is inclusive of all learners;

  • Maintain the woodworking area and equipment;

  • Maintain a positive learning environment that is safe, joyful, and nurturing; and

  • Prepare, execute and assess lessons/students projects.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 18, 2022. Please note, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Sunrise Waldorf School (SWS) is a full AWSNA member school and a Group One independent school under the BC Ministry of Education with a mission to educate and inspire students to reach their full potential through a rich and artistic Waldorf curriculum. We offer a comprehensive Waldorf curriculum from Preschool through Grade Eight. Special subjects include: French, Eurythmy, Handwork, Woodwork, PE, and Strings.

Established in 1980, our 7-acre rural campus is located in the Cowichan Valley, 45 minutes north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. SWS is part of a vibrant island community, abundant with arts, surrounded by organic farms and endless outdoor adventures. Most of the families at SWS have moved to the Cowichan Valley from all over the world to attend SWS. Please visit our website to learn more. Please send your resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 10 months

Salary: $15,150.00-$37,380.00 per year


  • Casual dress

  • On-site parking

  • Tuition reimbursement


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
The school will follow any Covid guidelines for schools from the Ministry of Education and from WorksafeBC.


  • Bachelor's Degree (preferred)


  • or Eligible for a BC Teacher's Certificate, or equivalent (required)

Expected start date: 2022-08-15