Employment Opportunities

Sunrise Waldorf School is in its 38th year in the Cowichan Valley with a mission to educate and inspire students to reach their full potential through a rich and artistic Waldorf curriculum. Offering pre-K through Grade 8 classes, we have been a full-member AWSNA accredited school since 2003 and are a Group 1 independent school under the BC Ministry of Education. 

While Waldorf Education places children at the heart of its pedagogy, Waldorf schools depend on the teacher as a fulcrum for the educational process. The individual who chooses to teach in a Waldorf school brings his or her full self to the development of others, providing mentoring, development, and affection that sustain the students for life.

Teachers who apply to Sunrise Waldorf School are often looking for the opportunity to bring their love of teaching fully alive. Our teachers also cherish the opportunity to develop a long-lasting relationship with their students as they move from grade to grade with their class.

Although we value teachers with Waldorf experience, we also value teachers who have been trained and taught in other systems but have a desire to teach in a Waldorf school. We provide financial support to pursue the three-year Waldorf teacher training program, which can be completed during school closures. In addition, a strong mentorship program is available to support teachers new to the school.

A spiritual dimension in Waldorf education is present in the culture and environment of the school, although no particular religious or spiritual beliefs are prescribed. Parents and teachers of various religious and spiritual perspectives and ethical philosophies are involved in Waldorf education. They do so knowing that Waldorf schools are based on a spiritual view of the human being and of the world.

The school itself is located in a rural setting on a 7-acre parcel overlooking rolling hills of farmland, forest and a winery next door, with mountains beyond. The unhurried pace of life, the many quiet, unspoiled spots to enjoy, and the friendly community offer lifestyle advantages distinct from an urban setting. The school is located in Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone and is home to the warmest year-round temperatures in the country. 

Our teacher’s salary is based on level of education and years of experience. Benefits include full tuition remission for children who attend the school, 12 sick days per year during a 168-day school year, support with BC Medical Services Plan payments as well as an extended benefits plan (health, life, long-term disability). We also provide teachers with financial support for Waldorf training and other professional development activities. Generally, candidates must be a Canadian resident or citizen--foreign worker applications are not usually considered, although we will consider foreign workers with exceptional Waldorf credentials. Candidates must also be eligible for BC teacher certification or be able to receive a Letter of Permission to teach in BC.

For more information on the advantages of teaching at Sunrise Waldorf School, click here.


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.

Current openings for the 2019/20 school year are:

Grades School Teacher  

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications for the position of Waldorf grades teacher (both lower and middle schools) for the 2019/20 school year. Responsibilities include lesson planning and classroom preparation; teaching Main Lesson daily and additional track classes; report writing; attending regular department and faculty meetings; participation in festivals and recitals; communication with parents.

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 maintain professional relationships with parents, faculty and staff.  We will also support teachers without Waldorf experience to obtain their Waldorf teacher training during school breaks. 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 teacher training) or to receive a Letter of Permission while pursuing certification, and be able to meet BC Independent School conduct and competence standards.

This is a full-time position.  Salary range if from $42,550 to $59,560 (with increases for next year currently under review).

Please submit your cover letter, resume and references to hr@sunrisewaldorfschool.org.


French Teacher (Temporary)

Sunrise Waldorf School is accepting applications for a temporary full-time French teacher for the 2019/20 school year to replace a teacher on extended medical leave.  The position is full-time from September through December, with a possibility that the position will become permanent.  The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, teaching, assessing and reporting for all Grade 1-8 classes (19 classes per week).  Additional responsibilities include attending regular department and faculty meetings.


The ideal candidate will have strong classroom management skills.  Applicants must possess or qualify for a BC teaching certificate with preference given to those with Waldorf training or be able to receive a Letter of Permission to teach during this period.  Benefits include dental and extended health options, plus tuition remission.  


Please submit your cover letter, resume and references to hr@sunrisewaldorfschool.org.


Eurythmy Teacher

Sunrise Waldorf School is accepting applications for a warm, dynamic and experienced Eurythmy teacher to lead classes for Kindergarten through Grade 8.  Both full-time and block teaching candidates will be considered.  The ideal candidate has a full Pedagogical Eurythmy diploma from an Association of Eurythmy training in a Dornach-recognized school and has experience teaching Eurythmy in a Waldorf school.  We value excellent skills in teaching and classroom management, communication, and collegial and parent relationships, and an understanding of students and their developmentAll applicants must be a Canadian citizen or resident and qualified to obtain a BC Teaching Certificate.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and references to hr@sunrisewaldorfschool.org.


Substitute Teachers

Sunrise Waldorf School is in need of additional substitute teachers.  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 is preferred, an interest in Waldorf methods is valued, a valid BC teaching certificate and teaching experience are desirable. For Preschool: an ECE or ECEA certificate is required.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and references to hr@sunrisewaldorfschool.org.



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