Employment Opportunities

The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, located in the beautiful Berkshires, is a thriving 40 year-old Waldorf School located on twenty acres of open and wooded land bordering the Green River in Western Massachusetts. Over 200 students from preschool through 8th grade are taught in large classrooms, handwork and woodwork studios, a science room and a spacious auditorium. Basketball and handball courts and open playing fields surround the school buildings. The timber frame barn where the school began is now the school’s 1,000 square-foot library.

The school is a full member of AWSNA, as well as of the Association of Independent Schools of New England. An active anthroposophical branch and First Class are in the area, as well as a nearby teacher training center, biodynamic farm and farm store, and our own in-school apprenticeship.

Located midway between New York City and Boston, the Berkshires are well known for cultural and artistic communities, offering theater, music, dance and museums. Tanglewood, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Jacob’s Pillow and folk and bluegrass festivals are just some of our famous local attractions. Skiing, skating and other winter sports are popular in winter; visitors come from all over the world in the summer to swim in and boat on our crystalline lakes and rivers and to hike and camp on the Appalachian and other trails.

General inquiries should be emailed to: facultyadmin@gbrss.org or call Michael Junkins at (413) 528-4015, ext. 105.

The Apprenticeship Program at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

We offer an exciting opportunity to learn about Waldorf education through direct classroom experience with students and teachers. The program takes place over one or two years with increasing opportunities for responsibility in the classroom and life of the school with feedback from experienced teachers.

Our program is open to those who have training and/or experience in Waldorf education and would like to become part of the culture and life of a thriving school.

The Apprenticeship Program offers a range of opportunities depending on the area of interest:

  • The Class Teacher apprentice will visit main lessons, extra main
    lessons and assist with recess and transitions, blackboard and main lesson book drawing and preparation.
  • The Subject Teacher apprentice will observe classes and the backbone of the apprenticeship will be practical experience in leading activities and study of the subject.
  • The Early Childhood apprentice will join in the day and experience its rhythms and become a part of the work that introduces parents to Waldorf education.

In addition to classroom experiences, apprentices participate in the festival life of the school. In addition, a Monday afternoon study of educational works by Rudolf Steiner works led by faculty members provides an opportunity to discuss observations and ideas.

For more information contact Krista Palmer at kppk02@yahoo.com. Application is by letter of interest and interview. We look for applicants who have a genuine wish to carry the work of Waldorf teaching into the future.

Certificate of Completion will be provided at the end of the program.
Cost: $3,000 per year with payment arrangements possible.