Tinkergarten Leaders facilitate outdoor classes where kids learn through play. If you are inspired to bring high-quality education to families in your community, we’d love to meet you.Apply
“I’ve got a whole new definition of what work can be. I spend my time helping kids and parents in my community, and I’m learning more about myself than I ever have. I’m outdoors more, I get exercise, get messy and laugh, and my son tags along with me—I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”\
Our Leaders bring a wide range of talents and experiences to their work. You don’t need a formal teaching credential to be a successful Leader. All you need is:
The application process includes five steps, and is designed to ensure that candidates and our team have the chance to know one another and identify if this is a true, mutual match. If you are motivated, you can complete them in just a few weeks!
Our team will welcome you into our New Leader Onboarding and Certification program. You’ll get one-on-one, group and community support as you establish your first season of classes (and ongoing!). You’ll also complete our graduate-level New Leader Course—perhaps the most loved part of becoming a Leader.
Leaders complete the self-paced, online New Leader course in their first season. It prepares them not only to deliver superb class experiences, but to more deeply understand our approach and to reflect on and develop their own special craft. The course includes self-guided and live components and covers five topics in depth:
Thank you for all the wonderful learning courses throughout the years. The training I had in child development deeply impacted the way I think about teaching. — Nicole, Leader for 14 seasons
There is just nothing better than the Tinkergarten Leader training. I would love to refer parents and myself to a paid offering of the child development portion of the training. It gave such a richness to my experience as a mother. — Ellen, Leader for 8 seasons
There is no upfront fee required to become a fully certified Tinkergarten Leader. You’ll just need to commit to offering classes each season in your community, and you’ll start earning money after launching your first successful class.
Our team makes a significant investment in preparing you to deliver the highest-quality learning experience to families in your community. This includes upfront training in our New Leader Course, providing you a set of high-quality teaching materials, technology tools you’ll use to manage classes, and providing ongoing coaching and support. To help us defray the cost of support to our Leaders and sustain the program, we deduct $100 from your earned compensation in each of your first two successful seasons, for a total of $200.
As long as you continue to run successful classes, in addition to earning a stipend for each class, Tinkergarten will provide you seasonal curriculum and training, teaching materials, customized technology tools, mentorship, community outreach support, coverage of any location fees, insurance — all at no cost to you — every season.