Careers

Tinkergarten is a fast-growing social impact company founded by education and tech industry vets that offers high quality outdoor classes where kids learn through play. We're a small but powerful team on a mission to improve the lives of kids and their families. Are you ready to join us? Check out our current opportunities:


Leader Community Manager

If you care deeply about early childhood learning, getting kids outdoors, and have a talent for motivating mission-driven teams, listen up. Tinkergarten is a fast growing, social impact company founded by education and tech industry vets, that is redefining early childhood education. We offer high quality outdoor classes where kids learn through play. Our platform enables talented people nationwide to become a leader (teacher), run classes in local green spaces, and deliver high quality learning to families in their local community. We're a small but powerful team on a mission to improve the lives of kids and their families, and we’re hiring a Leader Community Manager.

As the Community Manager, you’ll be responsible for cultivating community, nurturing organizational culture and maximizing the impact of our network of highly motivated early childhood educators. We know that diverse teams are strong teams; People of Color are encouraged to apply.

Your Goals:

  • Be the champion of leader motivation, helping leaders to drive the maximum amount of impact in their communities.
  • Help leaders to remain engaged and become even more successful at driving more families into the program, season after season.
  • Continually improve leader satisfaction by liaising between the leader community and central team, advocating for improvements and supports that build and even more vibrant, active, high-functioning community.
  • Facilitate peer learning among the leader community, in turn, building a stronger learning community.
  • Measure outcomes and learn from data that can help leaders drive improvements in family participation, success and impact.

Your responsibilities:

  • As the lead motivator, you’ll maintain a strong, positive presence, keeping leaders connected to the mission and the impact they are making.
  • Manage regular communication to the leader community to ensure maximum leader engagement and learning.
  • Manage leader community as it plays out across social media
  • Surface trends, issues and learning from the leader community to the central team.
  • Collaborate with other central team colleagues to develop, test and track programs that increase engagement, success, and impact for leaders.
  • Steward the cultural values of the company within the leader community.
  • Cultivate an open, supportive, and vibrant culture among the leaders.
  • Curate leader community spaces to continue to build an open, supportive and productive peer learning network and honor brand and cultural values.

You need:

  • 5+ years of relevant work experience, with 2+ years managing social media presence for a company or organization.
  • Extraordinary writing skills.
  • A high bandwidth communication style.
  • An infectious, positive attitude.
  • Direct experience motivating a group(s) to push toward a mission or common goal. A track record of helping that group(s) to achieve or exceed goals.
  • Experience tracking, synthesizing and reporting on relevant metrics to measure the success or failure of your programs.
  • Ability to move at the speed of a startup, while maintaining quality output.
  • Spirit and willingness to dive in the deep end and play on a winning team.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively across a distributed team.

Though our team is located in Northampton, MA, and Brooklyn, NY, this position can be based in New York, Boston, or Northampton, MA HQ. If this role excites you, please send details on your background and a note about why you are interested in the role to support@tinkergarten-dot-com.


Teacher Trainer (part time)

If you care deeply about early childhood learning, getting kids outdoors, and have a talent for facilitating adult learning, listen up. Tinkergarten is a fast growing, social impact company founded by education and tech industry vets, that is redefining early childhood education. We offer high quality outdoor classes where kids learn through play. Our platform enables talented people nationwide to become a leader (teacher), run classes in parks, and deliver high quality learning to families in their local community. We're a small but powerful team on a mission to improve the lives of kids and their families, and we’re hiring a part time Teacher Trainer to help inspire, train, and make new and existing leaders successful. We know that diverse teams are strong teams; People of Color are encouraged to apply.

We need you to:

  • Facilitate rich discussions about child development, adult development, the value of play-based learning and the impact of nature on human development.
  • Build community in a completely virtual classroom filled with passionate adult learners with varying backgrounds.
  • Work within our learning management system to manage training sessions, assessment and communication with our teachers.
  • Review assessments and assign follow ups based on performance.
  • Recommend certification or additional training and support to students based on their performance in discussion and on assessments.
  • Help to strengthen a culture of our supportive, mission-drive community of learners.

What you've got:

  • Masters Degree in Education or related field required. Expertise in early childhood a plus.
  • 5+ years of work in higher education or adult learning and training.
  • Exceptional communication skills in all formats.
  • Ability to identify and support the needs of various adult learners and a willingness to suggest improvements to course materials and delivery to better serve learners.
  • Experience motivating groups of people around a mission and common goal.
  • Experience working within a learning management system and knowledge of best practices for online teaching and learning.
  • Incredible organization and detail oriented skills.
  • Readiness to dive in the deep end and play on a winning team.
  • 10-15 hours/week

Though our team is located in Northampton, MA, and Brooklyn, NY, this position can be based anywhere in the U.S. If this role excites you, please send details on your background and a note about why you are interested in the role to support@tinkergarten-dot-com.

Parks and Greenspaces Coordinator

If you care deeply about building the environmental stewards of the future and increasing the amount of time families spend together enjoying our treasured greenspaces, are detail-oriented and collaborative, and love problem solving, we’d love to talk to you. Tinkergarten is a fast growing, social impact company founded by education and tech industry vets, that is redefining early childhood education. We're a small but powerful team on a mission to improve the lives of kids and their families. We offer high quality outdoor classes where kids learn through play. Our platform enables talented people anywhere to become a leader, run nature play classes in parks nationwide, and deliver high quality learning to families in their local community. We're hiring a Parks and Greenspaces Coordinator to help us bring Tinkergarten to more communities across the country. We know that diverse teams are strong teams; People of Color are encouraged to apply.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Speaks passionately about outdoor learning to parks and greenspaces nationwide at every level (town, city, county, and state) via email and phone.
  • Recruits partners and forges relationships with parks and greenspaces to bring Tinkergarten to communities across the country.
  • Initiates and builds relationships with parks and greenspace partners, documents unique needs of partners and responds to a wide range of inquiries.
  • Understands a partner’s needs and provide deliverables on time and seamlessly to ensure clear communication and a positive experience for parks and greenspaces.
  • Provides support and encouragement to leaders through the process of securing a park or greenspace.
  • Communicates effectively across the Tinkergarten team ensuring a seamless experience for our work with leaders, customers and parks.
  • Utilizes and updates our admin site and CRM to build institutional memory for our parks and greenspace relationships, ensuring meticulous record keeping.
  • Anticipates deadlines and pro-actively prioritizes and seeks out solutions knowing the seasonal rhythms of our work.
  • Contributes ideas to the broader central team, helping Tinkergarten to continue to innovate and support both our leaders and our parks partners as efficiently and effectively as possible as we grow.

Qualifications:

  • Pro-active planner, able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team.
  • A natural ability to warmly, efficiently, clearly and attentively communicate with parks partners and leaders.
  • Exceptional written, listening, verbal, and emotional intelligence skills.
  • The capacity to manage a caseload and prioritize shifting needs.
  • An unrelenting level of care in your work that results in consistent quality and detail-orientation.
  • Comfort with technology and an ability to quickly learn new systems and processes.
  • An ability to efficiently problem solve in a fast paced, high growth environment.
  • A desire to dive in the deep end and play on a passionate and dedicated team.
  • A genuine dedication to public greenspaces for the treasures they are.
  • One to five years of work experience.

This role can be located virtually, in New York City, or near Northampton, MA. Position is full time, 40-hours per week, Monday - Friday and reports to Manager, Parks and Greenspaces. If this role excites you, please send details on your background and a note about why you are interested in the role to support@tinkergarten-dot-com



Materials Coordinator

Tinkergarten is growing and seeks a highly organized excellent communicator to join our team and help us with logistics and fulfillment for the teaching materials we provide to our team of over 1000 teachers. We’re looking for someone skilled at tracking multiple projects at once, coordinating multiple vendor relationships, and providing excellent direct support to our leader team. We know that diverse teams are strong teams; People of Color are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the workflow, supply, fulfillment and vendor relationships associated with materials for our classes, including leader kit materials
  • Maintain optimal level of inventory to meet budget requirements and ensure on-time deliveries
  • Design new workflows to streamline fulfillment process
  • Build and maintain vendor relationships to ensure consistent material availability and optimization of budget
  • Coordinate and work closely with internal teams
  • Define requirements and make suggestions for internal systems to track and manage inventory, costs, and fulfillment; coordinate with tech team on implementation of such processes as needed
  • Assist with marketing materials fulfillment
  • Maintain accurate records of costs to ensure tracking against projections
  • Provide support and communication to our team of 1000 teachers

Who will thrive in this job:

  • You’ve got top-notch spreadsheet skills (Google Sheets)
  • You love learning about new ways of doing things
  • You like solving problems, creating workflows, and finding efficiencies
  • You’re excited to establish and maintain relationships with 20+ vendors
  • You’re comfortable with a fast pace and can work well both independently and as part of a team

Experience and requirements:

  • 1-2+ years experience in an operational or administrative role
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable with common online applications and able to quickly learn new ones
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized, with strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

This is a part-time (~30 hr/week) role; preference given to candidates who can work at our Northampton, MA headquarters, but can be based remotely, anywhere in the Eastern time zone for the right candidate. If you think you might be a good fit for this role, please send your resume and a note about why you’re interested in this position to support@tinkergarten-dot-com with the subject “Application: Materials Coordinator”


Support Specialist

Tinkergarten is growing and seeks a seriously support-loving person to join our team and help us with a range of ongoing customer support and administrative tasks. We’re looking for someone who loves helping people and solving problems to provide warm, efficient, and effective support to Tinkergarten leaders and families. This is a great opportunity if you care deeply and genuinely about customer support and about the role it plays in making a people-centered organization successful. We know that diverse teams are strong teams; People of Color are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Respond to and resolve phone calls and emails from customers, quickly and effectively
  • Increase customer satisfaction and build loyalty through providing amazing, personal customer support.
  • Manage service requests from leaders, supporting the team responsible for classes.
  • Escalate critical support issues to the appropriate internal channel
  • Use internal and third-party software to process customer requests and help our leaders post and manage their class listings
  • Craft documentation, suggest improved processes, and collaborate with the rest of the team to be as helpful as possible to our customers and leaders.

Who will thrive in this job:

  • You like making things easier for customers and co-workers, and are energized by interacting with and helping people
  • You love learning about new ways of doing things
  • You’re a positive person and know how to look on the bright side
  • You’re comfortable with a little uncertainty. We move fast and sometimes decisions are made without all of the information.

Experience and requirements:

  • 2-3+ years in a customer service position (bonus for online support experience)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passionate about helping others
  • Comfortable with common online applications (google suite etc.) and able to quickly learn new ones
  • Persistent and detail-oriented; will search until the proper answer is found
  • Spanish speaking a plus, but not required

This is a full time role based in our downtown Northampton, MA office, with the flexibility for occasional remote work after training is complete. Availability some evenings and weekends is a plus.

If you think you might be a good fit for this role, please send your resume and a note about why you’re interested in this position to support@tinkergarten-dot-com with the subject “Application: Support Specialist”


Intern

If you are tech-savvy, highly organized, and an exceptional communicator, we'd love to talk to you. Tinkergarten is a fast growing, social impact company founded by education and tech industry vets, that is redefining early childhood education. We offer high quality outdoor classes where kids learn through play. Our platform enables talented people anywhere to become a leader, run classes in parks nationwide, and deliver high quality learning to families in their local community. We're a small but powerful team on a mission to improve the lives of kids and their families, and we're hiring interns to help us. You'll help to solve customer and leader issues to provide a delightful experience for families, and assist with the administrative and logistical tasks that enable our classes to run smoothly.

Your responsibilities:

Work on a variety of projects across departments, including Marketing, Technology, Operations, Learning and Development, Leader and Customer Support.

Assist with data entry, editing, and other administrative tasks.

Assist with shipping curriculum materials to our leaders around the country.

Answer inquiries by phone and email from customer families as well as our team of leaders.

Nuts and bolts:

Paid internship - excellent hourly rate
You can dedicate a minimum of 10-20 hrs/week during the school year. Availability over January term is desirable but not required.

Must be able to bend, lift up to 30lb, go up and down 2-3 flights of stairs, and walk short distances (<1 mile) to ship packages

This role is based in our Northampton, MA headquarters. If this role excites you, please send details on your background and a note about why you are interested in the role to support@tinkergarten-dot-com.


Tinkergarten Leader

Be the one to bring Tinkergarten to your community! If you care deeply about early childhood learning, getting kids outdoors, and have a talent for both child and adult facilitating adult learning, listen up. Tinkergarten is a fast growing, social impact company founded by education and tech industry vets, that is redefining early childhood education. We offer high quality outdoor classes where kids learn through play. Our platform enables talented people nationwide to become a leader (teacher), run classes in parks, and deliver high quality learning to families in their local community. We're a small but powerful team on a mission to improve the lives of kids and their families, and adding new Leaders each week. We know that diverse teams are strong teams; People of Color are encouraged to apply.

The Tinkergarten Leader is the one who brings our mission-driven, healthy and educational service to their local community by facilitating child-directed, outdoor, play-based learning classes.

We need you to:

  • Successfully complete our immersive, live online new leader training course, and work with our team for ongoing coaching and support to improve your practice.
  • Set your own schedule, location, and frequency of classes.
  • Tinkergarten leaders who are also parents can bring their own kid(s) to class, so you can develop the quality of your own with kids while you help others do the same.

  • What you’ve got:
  • You are an energetic, motivated person who loves working with kids
  • You share a passion for the outdoors, and want flexible and meaningful work
  • You are open to learning new things, and eager to share your learning with others
  • You are connecting person, able to clearly communicate with both parents and kids
  • You are flexible and can manage the logistics of an outdoor classroom

  • Learn more or apply to become a leader.