Life is too short not to love the work you do. Help kids get the start they deserve, and parents the support they need by bringing families together to learn in the best classroom of all—the outdoors.
Make additional income and set your own schedule. If you’ve got kids, you can bring them to work, too!
Become part of a talented and supportive team, receive comprehensive training in early childhood development, adult development, community outreach, and much more.
Tinkergarten leaders bring a wide range of experiences and talents to this work. You don’t need any formal teaching experience to be a successful leader. What you do need is:
You choose the time, location and amount of classes to run, so the scope of time commitment is up to you. If you are a parent, you are always welcome to bring your kids to class (for free!) when you lead. Training takes place online—choose from day or evening sessions to ensure you can balance the work with life outside of Tinkergarten.
There is no upfront fee required to become a fully certified Tinkergarten leader. Tinkergarten leaders need only to commit to offering classes consistently in their community, and they will start earning money after launching their first successful class.
Tinkergarten makes a significant investment in preparing and equipping new leaders to deliver the highest possible quality experience to families in their communities. This includes delivering our intensive, online New Leader Course, providing a set of high-quality teaching materials that leaders use season after season, and offering ongoing coaching and support. To help us defray the cost of support to our leaders and remain sustainable, we deduct $100 from a leader’s earned compensation in each of their first two successful seasons for a total leader certification fee of $200.
As long as a leader continues to run successful classes, Tinkergarten provides them with all necessary curriculum, teaching materials, customized technology tools, ongoing training, mentorship, marketing and enrollment support, coverage of any site fees, insurance—all at no additional cost, every season.
The New Leader Course is designed similar to a college course, is delivered online over a four week period, and includes the following topics:
We know leading is not a fit for everyone, but everyone knows someone who would make a great Tinkergarten leader. Share the opportunity with them!