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Blue Heron School Director

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1966. With a mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world, this respected community leader, located in Holderness, New Hampshire has brought visitors nearer to nature since 1966. Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural history exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, foxes, river otters, bobcats, and more. 

New Hampshire is famous for its picturesque lakes and mountains, and Squam Lake is a gem among many. Our Lake Cruise tours provide a scenic and comfortable viewpoint of its amazingly clear water, rocky shores, celebrated islands, historic homes, scenic mountain views, and remarkable wildlife.


Blue Heron School is a Montessori program for preschool and kindergarteners, which incorporates the nature preschool philosophy and includes significant time outdoors. It is a part of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness NH ( The mission of the Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world.  Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has brought people nearer to nature since 1966.

Summary of Position:

The Blue Heron School Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining the core values of the program with the staff. They manage school enrollment and communications with families, other teachers, programs, and visitors.  They manage compliance with New Hampshire Bureau of Child Care Licensing rules. They hire, manage and support the staff in their roles in the classroom and their interactions with the children and the environment.

Full range of benefits including paid vacation, personal, and sick time, health insurance (SLNSC covers 80% of the premiums,) SLNSC sponsored short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, and EAP (Employee Assistance Plan). A 403b retirement plan (5% match after two years), and a free 8-person membership to the Science Center.

  • Successful completion of MACTE certified Montessori training
  • Training and/or experience with nature preschool and outdoor education
  • Have documentation of successful completion of at least three credits in child development
  • Have three credits in management or supervision awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, or a minimum of two years’ experience in a supervisory or management position in lieu of the three credits in management and supervision
  • Minimum of 1,500 hours experience working with children in a licensed program
  • Current infant/child CPR and first aid certification
  • Current basic water safety course training
  • Complete medication administration online training
  • Complete 18 hours of professional development annually
  • Background check as required by NH BCCL
  • Provide guidance for staff to maintain consistency with authentic Montessori practices, to understand nature preschool and outdoor education, and to integrate them with Montessori best practices
  • Communicate with NH BCCL and ensure compliance with licensing rules
  • Supervise school staff, including hiring, training, observing, giving feedback, evaluating, and scheduling
  • Support staff to plan activities for professional development requirements
  • Observe children to confer with staff about behaviors and possible responses and strategies
  • Create and manage annual BHS budget as part of overall Science Center budget
  • Manage emergency planning
  • Create documents and maintain records such as school newsletter, Science Center newsletters, Trustee Tracker items, school year calendar, child and teacher records, and others as needed
  • Create and maintain relationships with current, new, and past families, including responding to emails and phone calls in a timely way
  • Communicate with Science Center staff and committees to plan for marketing, events, and budgeting as well as continued development of the program
  • Coordinate nature and science curriculum with Science Center naturalists
  • Manage the summer program
  • Purchase materials and supplies
  • Plan program special events for families with teachers
  • Substitute when lead or associate teacher is away
  • Guide Blue Heron School to continue to grow and improve
How to Apply:

To apply, please apply by remitting a current resume and letter of interest to Human Resource & Finance Manager, Bonnie Baker at

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse work environment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Salary Type: Yearly
Salary Minimum: 40300.00
Salary Maximum 50400.00
Job Location:


Date Added: June 6, 2022

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