The Treehouse Nursery and Preschool

Preschool Garden and Kitchen Manager

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Posted On: Saturday, 7th July 2018
Category: Green Jobs
Location: Portland, Oregon
1730 SE 44th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97215
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:


Our core intention at The Treehouse Nursery and Preschool is to develop free human beings by surrounding them with an environment of beauty, creativity and wonder. With a firm sense of security, a sense of truth and feeling of responsibility for the earth and others we strive to educate the head, hands and heart of each child.


Position: Garden and Kitchen Manager 

Pay Bracket$13/hr - $15/hr

Employment Type: Full time | M-F, 8-3pm. Plus an additional 2 hours each week for management tasks and and additional 1 1/2 hours every other week for bi-monthly staff meetings.

Benefits: Please see our Staff Benefit Package



  • We ask for a minimum of a 1 year commitment.
  • Start Date: August 2018 | Training shifts during Summer Camps.
  • Required teacher training is August 20th - 24th.
  • First day of school is August 27th.


About the Position:

We have an organic vegetarian menu at school; as Kitchen Manager you will be responsible for preparing am snack, lunch, and pm snack 5 days a week for 6 staff members and 16 students. You will also file menu claims with the USDA each day, keep up with the USDA standards, maintain sanitation requirements, grocery shop within our budget (both weekly and bulk), manage our birthday celebrations and collaborate for meals at our Fundraising Events. 

Our Kitchen Manager is also a teacher's assistant throughout the day. Responsibilities for this position include: providing a healthy, nurturing, creative and respectful environment for each child; following our daily rhythm; Implementing age-appropriate sensory/art activities during a short time in the afternoon; fostering communication with parents and other teachers through daily interactions.

As Garden Manager you get to design, plant, cultivate and harvest our organic vegetable garden and maintain our certified backyard habitat, all while educating our 3-5 year olds to do the same! Our garden is a foundation to our education and the Garden Manager gets to maintain and take ownership of the garden curriculum by using permaculture principles.

  • Knowledge of and/or experience in a Waldorf early childhood environment is highly sought after!


Compensation: This position is paid hourly, varies DOE, $13.00 - $15.00H


To Apply:

Email completed application with the subject “Garden and Kitchen Manager” to Director/Manager Desiraé Ritz at: 

After an interview, qualified applicants will show the ability to create a healthy meal and working environment through some personality profiling, questionnaires and a skills test.


**Please Note: Applications will be dismissed if any of the following is negated.**

Please do not call the school to follow up - we do not have a receptionist.


Application Includes:

1) Resume

2) Names and phone numbers of three work references.

3) Cover letter with answers to the following:

  1. How has your experience prepared you for the responsibilities of this position?
  2. What have been your cooking, baking and serving experiences?
  3. Explain your experience, education or knowledge concerning organic gardening and permaculture. 
  4. We follow the Waldorf philosophy and teach through a child-directed curriculum. How would your approach to working with  preschoolers combine with ours?


**Please review our website before submitting application.**

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