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.

School Receptionist 

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications for the position of School Receptionist.  The School Receptionist is under the direct supervision of the Office Manager and is responsible for answering the telephone, greeting visitors and providing clerical and administrative support for the school.  Duties include:

  • Responding to telephone inquiries, teacher requests, student requests, and requests from the general public.
  • Performing general administrative duties such as filing, word processing and date entry.
  • Providing relief support to administrative staff.
  • Working with the Office Manager to: Meet Ministry of Education requirements; organize and oversee school field trips; process student records; manage student medications; prepare student report cards; manage registrations.
  • Administering first aid. Holds and maintains current emergency first aid training.
  • Maintaining school and field trip first aid kits and emergency supplies, including school cell phones.
  • Maintaining office equipment and purchasing office supplies.
  • Processing incoming and outgoing emails.
  • Opening and closing the school each day.

The ability to communicate well with both children and adults is a necessary skill.  Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is also required. The position is a full-time, hourly position when school is in session.  Tuition remission and other benefits are included.‚Äč


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 is in need of additional substitute teachers for the 2017/2018 school year.  If you are interested in teaching at Sunrise Waldorf School as a substitute, please submit your resume with a letter indicating your interest in and knowledge of Waldorf education. 


Qualifications:  For Kindergarten and the Grade School: Waldorf experience and/or training, an interest in Waldorf methods, a valid BC teaching certificate and teaching experience. Our substitute teachers haven't all completed Waldorf teacher training, but they are educators who have an explicit interest in Waldorf education. For Preschool: an ECE or ECEA certificate is required.



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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