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Careers @ the Oaks


Interested in exploring the unique opportunity to educate at a local, parent-child workshop? Check out our available positions, whether it's full-time or part-time opportunities.



Since 1947, The Oaks has been educating children and families in a cooperative morning preschool program setting accompanied by an afternoon program run by our staff. We are seeking a confident, caring, and creative Preschool Teacher to join our staff for The Oaks’ Afternoon Program.


  • Working collaboratively with the Head Teacher to ensure that the Afternoon Program provides a safe, nurturing, play-based, and inclusive learning environment

  • Nurturing the spirit and curiosity of each child while supporting independence and community

  • Using and modeling positive behavioral strategies and conflict resolution procedures

  • Collaborating with staff to build child-centered, open-ended activities for the children

  • Confidently communicating with caregivers and staff

  • Working with the Head Afternoon Program Teacher to keep the school environment attractive

  • Maintaining punctuality and regular attendance

Current knowledge of child development tenets and familiarity with developmentally appropriate practice are essential requirements of the position. We encourage and support continuing education.

On your first day, we'll expect you to have:

  • Minimum of six (6) Early Childhood Education Units 

  • At least one year of teaching experience in an early childhood program. Note: Equivalent experience as a parent in a cooperative preschool setting may be considered. 

  • Adherence to and completion of all California Community Care Licensing requirements

Bonus Experience:

  • A demonstrated commitment to nature-based learning

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Experience participating in a cooperative workshop environment

  • Associate of Arts (AA) in Child Development, Early Childhood, Psychology, or Family Life Studies, with 12 ECE units and qualified to hold a Teacher Permit

Benefits$20-$23 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications, plus a health insurance stipend.

Duration: One year (renewed on a yearly basis)

Working Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the Santa Barbara City College calendar year (August 22, 2022 - May 30, 2023) plus 8-week Summer Program (8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) instruction.

To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to

Available Positions

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