Work at Oak and Orca

A child-centred approach to education and a focus on bioregionalism make working at Oak and Orca a unique experience. If you want to explore alternative approaches to education and if you enjoy working as a team in values-based organizations, this could be a good fit for you.

Staff Testimonials

"Oak and Orca is a quirky, playful community that values authentic connection. To have a high school student offer you tea in a dainty tea cup, to see young ones and old ones wearing their dinosaur onesies to school, or to feel trusting enough let a student cut your hair because they'd like to practice, these kinds of connections make the sometimes difficult work of being a teacher worth it."
"Working at Oak and Orca is like having an amazing extended family composed of like-minded and skilled people with great communication skills and a love for learning and teaching outside of the box."
"It is amazing to work in a community that values attachment. It is heartwarming to see the fruit of this when parents report that their child feels safe and cared for at school, when multiple high school students have joined the board of directors to remain connected after graduation, and when little ones stay up late to make a handmade card and gift because they heard they would see you outside of school."

Application Process

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  1. Read all sections of our website
  2. Gain an understanding of Compassionate Communication
  3. If possible attend a tour of the school (tours are only available at certain times while school is in session)
  4. Look at the positions available (below) and read the details for the position(s) you are interested in.
  5. Submit a Teacher Application Form (for all posts), a resume, and an optional cover letter. These can be submitted in person or by mail, fax, or e-mail (contact info). All documents submitted digitally must be in portable document format (pdf).
  6. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check out the list of sample interview questions.
Monarch butterfly drawing Interviews may be held in two parts:
Part I: 45 min Interview. Candidates may be held to the 45 minutes, including response to prepared questions and the ensuing conversation, due to a tight interview schedule.
Part II: 45 min session with a small group of children. Candidates may be required to prepare and implement an activity for a multi-age group.
References will be contacted prior to a position being offered.

Thank you for your interest in Oak and Orca!

Positions Available

We are accepting applications for the following positions. We are looking for the best fit for our team, regardless of what position is applied for.

Teaching music at the beach Teacher (on-site and home-learning)
Please see attached Teacher Position for details.

Special Education Teacher (on-site and home-learning)
Please see attached Special Education Teacher Position for details.

Education Assistant (on-site and home-learning)
Please see attached Education Assistant Position for details.

Early Childhood Educator
Please see attached Early Childhood Educator Job Description for details.

Curriculum Developer (temporary position)
Please see attached Curriculum Developer Job Description for details.

Teaching Practices

Oak and Orca is a values based organization that approaches education differently than most schools. While these values inform our practice in a multitude of ways, there are some general practices that are consistently used in the school which are different from a typical school setting: