Employment Opportunities

Sunrise Waldorf School is a full AWSNA member school and a Group One Independent School under the BC Ministry of Education. SWS offers a comprehensive Waldorf curriculum from Preschool through Grade Eight. Specialty Subjects include; French, Eurythmy, Handwork, Woodwork, P.E., and Strings. Established in 1980, our 7 acre rural campus is located in the Cowichan Valley, 45 minutes north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. SWS is part of a vibrant island community, abundant with arts, surrounded by organic farms and endless outdoor adventures. Most of the families at SWS have moved to the Cowichan Valley from all over the world to attend SWS.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only short listed applicants will be contacted.  All short-listed applicants will be required to undergo a criminal record check. Please send applications to: Human Resources.

Grade One Teacher 

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications from fully qualified, experienced, Waldorf-trained teachers for the Grade One teacher for 2017/18.  This is an opportunity to support a class through a full Waldorf curriculum. Responsibilities include attending regular department and faculty meetings, serving on committees, lesson planning, participation in festivals and recitals, written student reports, meetings with parents and more.

The ideal candidate will have completed Waldorf training and have teaching experience in a Waldorf school, as well as a history of strong classroom management and the ability to strengthen professional relationships with parents, faculty and staff. Our faculty is looking for a colleague who will enthusiastically join their collaborative work with our Head of School.

All applicants must be able to receive a BC teaching certificate (requiring either a B.Ed. or a B.A. and  Waldorf teacher training) and must be either a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada. This is a full-time position. Salary is from $35,000 to $56,560 depending on education and experience. Benefits include dental and extended health options, plus tuition remission.  
Medical coverage through BC’s Medical Service Plan is supported by the school 50%.

French Teacher (part-time)

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications for a part-time French teacher for the 2017/18 school year.   Applicants must possess or qualify for a BC teaching certificate with preference given to those with Waldorf training. A history of strong classroom management is desired.  All applicants must be able to receive a BC teaching certificate (requiring either a B.Ed. or a B.A. and Waldorf teacher training) and must be either a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada.  Pro-rated tuition remission will be provided as well as dental and extended health options. 

Eurythmy Teacher

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications for the position of Eurythmy Teacher in Grades 1-8 for the 2017/18 school year.  Although we prefer a year-long, full-time Eurythmy program, we may also consider one or two extended blocks if we are unable to hire a teacher for the entire year.


All applicants must be qualified to obtain a BC Teaching Certificate (generally, this requires a B.Ed. degree or a Bachelor’s degree plus Waldorf training), and be able to meet BC Independent School conduct and competence standards. The qualified candidate should have a full Eurythmy pedagogical diploma and experience teaching Eurythmy in a Waldorf school. Candidates should have excellent teaching and classroom management skills, effective communication skills and be able to work collaboratively. A pianist will be provided to accompany all Eurythmy classes.

This is a full-time position beginning August 1, 2017.  Benefits include extended health and dental plus full tuition remission for your school-age children. Medical coverage through BC’s Medical Service Plan is supported by the school 50%.


Parent and Child Teacher

Sunrise Waldorf School (SWS) provides a Parent and Child Program (P&C) as an enjoyable and friendly introduction to Waldorf education for young families that encourages a committed and supportive parent body. P&C group leaders carry the responsibility for the pedagogical planning and activity, parent education and administrative reporting and duties associated with the group. The program includes a number of sessions annually with  6 - 10 classes in each session.  Waldorf curriculum and perspective on child development and how we as parents change and grow as our children grow would be the focus of program design.  The P&C program requires a warm, experienced and capable teacher who will lead the SWS P&C Program.  The teacher works with parents, grandparents, young children and families at the school and in the community. This position is part of SWS Early Childhood faculty and reports to the Head of School.


Qualifications:The P&C Teacher must be a trained Waldorf Early Childhood teacher with teaching experience and the ability to work with adults as well as children.   Additional teaching experience and education with infants, toddlers and adults would be an asset.  The candidate must have demonstrated program planning skills and the ability to research, design, implement and evaluate the P&C Program and individual sessions and classes. Strong organizational skills, with an awareness of school and program priorities, integrating administrative needs with program needs is important. First Aid for infants and toddlers, safety awareness and procedures, and a successful Criminal Records Check are required.  The Teacher is paid per session, with an increase once enrolment exceeds 6. (Minimum is 4).  

Substitute Teachers

Sunrise Waldorf School (SWS), located in Cowichan Station, near Duncan, is an independent school governed by the BC Independent School Act under the Ministry of Education and offers classes from K-8.  We are in need of additional substitute teachers for the 2015/2016 school year.


Qualifications:  Waldorf experience and/or training, an interest in Waldorf methods, a valid BC teaching certificate and teaching experience. 



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Sunrise Waldorf School 
2148 Lakeside Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M3, CANADA
Phone: 250.743.7253
Fax: 250.743.7245
Email: mail@sunrisewaldorfschool.org