Facility and Grounds Maintenance Worker

The Nelson Waldorf School is hiring a Facility and Grounds Maintenance Worker, who reports to the Facility and Grounds Manager, and who works to ensure the safety and maintenance of our campus grounds and facilities.

For a detailed job description, please click here.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Summer Student: Facility and Grounds Maintenance Assistant

The Nelson Waldorf School is hiring a summer student (who has been a full time student – secondary or post-secondary and who will be returning to school in the fall) to assist the Facility and Grounds Maintenance Worker in ensuring the safety and maintenance of our campus grounds and facilities.

For a detailed job description, please click here.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Nelson Waldorf School is hiring a janitor, start date July 2, 2019.
For a detailed job description, please click here.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Transition-year Principal

The Nelson Waldorf School is looking to hire a principal for the 2019/20 school year with the primary role as upholder of the legal and legislative requirements for operating an independent school in British Columbia.

For a full job description, please click here.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references from different types of stakeholders (e.g. teacher, parent, student, administrator) to Nicole Charlwood, leblanccharlwood@gmail.com, 250-551-4609 by June 17th, 5:00 pm.

We thank all applicants, however, only short listed candidates will be notified.

Class 7 Teacher 2019/20

Debora Oese-Lloyd has embraced her skills and experience as a Main Lesson teacher to return to our school as the teacher of the Class of 2021.
She was pleased to be asked to guide this group of talented, clever and lively young adults on their journey from the Renaissance through to modern times. Debora Oese-Lloyd has been fortunate to
spend the first half of her childhood on a dairy farm in Upstate New York. The many purposeful activities of a farm were able to quench her thirst for movement and curiosity about the world. Her parents were both art teachers and artists and she spent her adolescence in the cultured world of the Metropolitan New York area. Here she pursued her interests in art, dance, drama and gymnastics.
Her quest to understand how the universe is put together and a  human being’s role in it has led to teach in inner city Canadian schools, in Dene schools in the NWT, and Waldorf Schools in Calgary, Vancouver, Santa Fe and here in Nelson.She has even experienced the joy of the learning relationship and the intrepid human spirit in the far reaches of the Siberian wilderness.
Her incessant love of learning recognizes the potential that is inherent in Waldorf education as a tool of transformation not only for the students but also for the teacher. and the school community.

Childcare Centre Manager and Lead Educator

The Nelson Waldorf School is seeking to hire a Childcare Manager/Lead Educator. This position will be responsible for the day to day teaching/running of the childcare centre, Ministry of Health and WECAN compliance, and visioning for the future role of the childcare centre within the Nelson Waldorf School.

The successful candidate must have Waldorf Early Years Training and current BC ECE certification with a minimum of 5 years teaching experience. Candidates with administrative and leadership experience will be given preference. The ability to work positively in a team environment, providing leadership, support and input to coworkers and colleagues are essential qualities for this position. Please click here for a more detailed job description.

This is a full time permanent position.

Salary scale commiserate with NWS salaried teachers.

Please submit letter of interest and resume by email to Donna Switzer  at donna.switzer@nelsonwaldorf.org

This position will be posted until May 31, 2019.

We thank all applicants, however, only short listed candidates will be notified.

Class 8 Play a Resounding Success!

The Nelson Waldorf School grade 8 class staged not one, but two amazing performances (with two different casts) of Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY  at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Nelson. Congratulations to class 8 (and all the hard, hard working parent volunteers and teachers) for giving us such a wonderful theatre show.

Thanks also to Thomas Nowaczynski for the amazing photography  @thomasnowa

Phil Fertey, Education Director (August 2019)

The Nelson Waldorf school is pleased to announce the acceptance of the Education Director position beginning in August 2019 by Philippe (Phil) Fertey.  Phil and his wife Joanne King have returned to the Nelson area, enjoying a year’s sabbatical following Phil’s graduation of his Grade 8 class of 26 students from the Vancouver Waldorf School.

Phil is an inspiring, well respected and experienced Waldorf educator and brings years of teaching and school leadership experience from his years of service in Vancouver and Nelson.   In Vancouver he served as faculty chair, college chair, board member, and is known for his teacher mentoring and parent education sessions. Phil was a long time colleague at the Nelson Waldorf School, taking a class of children from grades 3-8, and doing a second year of gr 8 to graduate his daughter’s class.

Phil and Joanne are well known and connected in wider Waldorf circles. Phil has taught teacher training classes at the West Coast Institute, as well as summer teacher intensives at the Rudolf Steiner Centre (Ontario). This summer, he will also be working with teachers at the Center for Anthroposophy (New Hampshire). Phil is a writer and member of the editorial advisory board for Renewal Magazine. You may recall seeing his articles on the morning handshake or the morning verse. Before being a teacher, Phil was an advertising copywriter and speechwriter for twelve years.

Those of us who know Phil see this as a wonderful step into a flourishing future for the Nelson Waldorf School community. Welcome Phil and Joanne! We are absolutely delighted that our paths have joined once again.

Welcome Ralf Hoerger – Class 1 Teacher (Sept 2019)

The Nelson Waldorf School is very happy to announce that Ralf Hoerger will be joining our team as class one teacher for September 2019.  Ralf will graduate his grade 8 class from the Squamish Waldorf School this coming June, having taught them as a split class since grade one in 2012.

Before taking his class in Squamish, Ralf taught class 1-5 at the Nelson Waldorf school from 2005 – 2010.  In the 2010/11 school year he taught handwork and movement ed at NWS. He began his career in Waldorf education at the Spring Valley Waldorf School in New York State where he was the handwork teacher and Varsity and Junior Varsity coach for various sports.

As you can see Mr. Hoerger brings many years of diverse experience in Waldorf education and we are thrilled that he is rejoining the Nelson Waldorf School community.

Are you interested in being a class teacher at the NWS?

The Nelson Waldorf School is always keen to meet teachers interested in or inquiry about teaching at our school. Our typical class teacher job description is below, but please do contact us (or, if you’re in the area, arrange for a visit) to introduce yourself and make a connection.  We’d love to hear from you!

Class Teacher Job Description:

Class teachers have a passion for Waldorf education and for inspiring a love of learning in children and youth. Key qualities are strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.  With the responsibility of carrying a class of up to 24 students, the successful candidate(s) will have excellent class management and organizational skills.

Within kindergarten – grade 8 school teaching, responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • lesson planning & classroom preparation
  • teaching main lesson
  • teaching track classes
  • report writing
  • attending faculty meetings
  • leading class parent meetings

Terms of Employment: Permanent, full-time; base salary with increments and some benefits

Education and Skill Requirements:

  • BC Teacher Certification
  • 5 years or more of Waldorf Class Teaching is preferred
  • Waldorf Training Certificate
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent communication skills

Location of work: Nelson British Columbia

Established in 1982, the Nelson Waldorf School offers school programs from Parent and Tot through to Grade 8. Waldorf education has been growing steadily in British Columbia, and the Nelson Waldorf School is one of several Waldorf schools in the province. This provides many opportunities for collaborative working with the other B.C. Waldorf schools.   

Nelson is a thriving little city located in the Selkirk Mountains on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Known as “The Queen City”, and acknowledged for its impressive collection of restored heritage buildings and its strong artistic and cultural life, the surrounding area offers a magnificent four seasons outdoor playground.  

Contact Information: 250-352-6919

How to Apply: Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references, via email to donna.switzer@nelsonwaldorf.org.  We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at www.nelsonwaldorf.org

Classroom visits, faculty conversations and the interview process require a minimum of three days. Travel costs are the responsibility of the applicant.