Life is too short not to love the work you do. Help kids get the start they deserve, and parents the support they need by bringing families together to learn in the best classroom of all—the outdoors.
Make additional income and set your own schedule. If you’ve got kids, you can bring them to work, too!
Become part of a talented and supportive team, receive comprehensive training in early childhood development, adult development, community outreach, and much more.
“I’ve got a whole new definition of what work can be. I spend my time helping kids and parents in my community, and I’m learning more about myself than I ever have. I’m outdoors more, I get exercise, get messy and laugh, and my son tags along with me—I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”
Tinkergarten leaders bring a wide range of experiences and talents to this work. You don’t need any formal teaching experience to be a successful leader. What you do need is:
You choose the time, location and amount of classes to run, so the scope of time commitment is up to you. If you are a parent, you are always welcome to bring your kids to class (for free!) when you lead. Training takes place online—choose from day or evening sessions to ensure you can balance the work with life outside of Tinkergarten.
Leaders can earn between $300 and $1000 for each 8-week class they lead, depending on their location (e.g. major cities vs. more remote areas). Most leaders choose to run multiple classes each season, and continue across each of the 4 scheduled seasons in a calendar year. If you apply to become a leader, we will walk you through your expected income range in your specific location.
Leaders who demonstrate continued commitment and success can also apply to play additional roles for Tinkergarten—park liaisons, leader mentors and more. These leaders can earn up to $2500 monthly in addition to their class compensation.
After being welcomed as a new leader, you will be asked to pay a one-time $300 certification fee before you begin your New Leader Certification course. This fee covers a portion of the up front investment that Tinkergarten makes in you to ensure that you are well prepared, equipped, and able to deliver a high quality learning experience for families in your community.
Specifically, this certification covers the cost of your live online New Leader Training, access to self-paced expert designed online materials, and a starter kit of high-quality teaching materials that will be shipped to you.
Leaders make no additional payments to Tinkergarten after this one time fee. Once certified, as long as you run successful classes, Tinkergarten continues to provide you with all necessary curriculum, teaching materials, customized technology tools, ongoing training, mentorship, marketing and enrollment support, coverage of any site fees, insurance, and a high touch leader support team—season after season.
If you have additional questions or think you may qualify for our need-based payment program, please feel free to contact us to discuss.
The New Leader Course is designed similar to a college course, is delivered online over a four week period, and includes five modules:
New leaders are eligible to join a new monthly training cohort of Tinkergarten Leaders to prepare for the upcoming season. See the dates of upcoming trainings.
Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to fill out our online application. A member of our team will review your application within 24 hours and then reach out to you to walk you through the next steps. There is no commitment needed to apply.
We know leading is not a fit for everyone, but everyone knows someone who would make a great Tinkergarten leader. Share the opportunity with them!