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Faculty Opportunities

Environmental Humanities: Government/English Teacher Position

The Chesapeake Watershed Semester, operated by The Gunston School, is accepting applications for teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. Program website: chesapeakewatershedsemester.org.

The Chesapeake Watershed Semester is a unique opportunity for highly motivated high school juniors or seniors to join a talented community of learners who will immerse themselves in the study and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay for one semester. Through dynamic and diverse field-study Expeditions, students travel the region meeting with stakeholders and conducting research. From our waterfront campus, students take honors and AP level classes while maintaining an intense, hands-on engagement with the natural environment.

We seek a dynamic, energetic, and student-centered lead teacher to help launch the new Chesapeake Watershed Semester. The primary responsibilities of the position include teaching two courses, American Government Seminar and Literature of the Land and Water during the fall “experiential” semester, and environmental humanities electives for The Gunston School during the spring semester. We seek candidates who can utilize an array of experiential and student-centered instructional strategies that promote both rigorous intellectual thinking and meaningful engagement. As one of two lead teachers for the fall program, we seek individuals with strong organizational management skills, willingness to tackle projects large and small, creativity, flexibility, and a passion for both the environment and the humanities.

Candidates applying for teaching positions should have at least ONE of the following academic qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or Master’s degree in a relevant content area (i.e. English, Political Science, Environmental Studies)
  • 2+ years teaching experience preferred

Additionally, candidates should possess advanced technical skills and be able to lead in at least ONE of the following activity areas:

  • Open water kayaking
  • Small craft boating
  • Backpacking (5-6 days in remote locations)

This is a paid, annual position with the opportunity for contract extensions each year. The teacher will have residential life and expedition duties during the fall Chesapeake Watershed Semester. During the pilot year, 2018-2019, the Chesapeake Watershed Semester will only run in the fall semester. Teachers applying for this position will teach at our parent institution, The Gunston School, during the spring semester.

Curious about the Chesapeake Watershed Semester? Check out our website.
More questions? Please contact Director, Emily Beck (ebeck@gunston.org)


  • Fall: Teach 2 extended block courses for ten to fourteen students.
    • Supervise student independent study time
    • Advise 3-4 students.
    • Work with students to prepare meals and care for shared spaces.
    • Assume other responsibilities related to individual skills and interest.
  • Spring: Teach 3-5 environmental humanities electives
  • Support course curriculum design and development across both semesters


  • Give extra help as needed, especially with writing.
  • Fall: Help plan and lead field Expeditions.
    • Design, monitor, and participate in morning athletics.
  • Assume other duties, as assigned


  • Driver’s License approved by Gunston’s insurance carrier to drive participants
  • Must pass annual background check
  • Current Red Cross CPR and First Aid certification

A successful candidate:

  • Will embrace the demands of being an impactful teacher with high expectations of students
  • Possess a curiosity and growth-oriented mindset
  • Be keenly interested in contributing to a highly effective and compassionate team of adults guiding students through transformative learning.
  • BA or BS degree (English or related subject and a minimum of three years classroom teaching experience are required; an advanced degree in Education or related field is preferred.)


Salary is in-line with that of other small independent schools, and will be based largely on experience. This is a full-time position on a August to mid-June schedule and includes residential responsibilities for five weeks of Expeditions each semester.

Please send the following materials to Emily Beck at ebeck@gunston.org.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • One page statement of educational philosophy or writing sample
  • Additional relevant teaching/competency evidence, as available (i.e. teaching portfolio)

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Intern

The Chesapeake Watershed Semester seeks a dynamic, energetic, and student-centered intern to help launch the new Chesapeake Watershed Semester. The primary responsibilities of the position include assisting with classroom and field instruction, supervising the independent study sessions provided for students during the academic day, and assisting teachers with planning, facilitating, and debriefing overnight Expeditions during the fall “experiential” semester.

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Substitute Teachers

Gunston seeks substitute teachers for the 2017-2018 academic year. No teaching experience is required, but candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree. Work hours are 7:50-2:10.

Interested candidates should contact Christie Grabis to arrange an interview.
Christie Grabis, Assistant Headmistress

Academic Tutors

Gunston seeks tutors in all subject areas for students in grades 9-12. The primary goal of the tutoring program is to assist students in the development of learning and study skills in order that the students increase their level of independence in preparation for college. Tutoring is offered to students requiring additional academic support. The program is individually tailored to provide one to one assistance in the specific needs of each student. Tutors work in conjunction with subject teachers and advisors in an effort to assist students toward developing mastery in skills and content. Teaching experience required.

Interested candidates should contact Christie Grabis to arrange an interview.
Christie Grabis, Assistant Headmistress