Kitchen Garden Specialist Teacher

Kitchen Garden Specialist TEACHER

Commencing 21st March 2022.

This position is a full time (1.0 FTE) temporary position until Friday 9th December 2022 (with a possibility of extension).

About Cairns Hinterland Steiner School

‘’At Cairns Hinterland Steiner School we are committed to promoting the safety, health and wellbeing of children and young people and expect all school staff, parents, students, volunteers and visitors to the school to share that commitment”

We are an independent school situated in Kuranda and offer education from Kindergarten to Class 10 as of 2021.  We are co-educational and non-denominational school offering the nationally accredited Steiner curriculum based on the educational insights of Rudolf Steiner.

We aim to support each individual child, with an understanding of their stage in childhood development and with this understanding, we encourage each child’s unique gifts and emerging potentials to unfold in a nurturing, imaginative and guided environment. We aim to create a place where goodness, beauty and truth permeate the pedagogical, physical, and social fabric.

The position

Cairns Hinterland Steiner School is seeking a Kitchen Garden Specialist teacher to implement the curriculum as outlined by the School in accordance with the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework from class one upwards. In doing so, the Kitchen Garden Specialist teacher is expected to work in close cooperation with colleagues as part of the College of Teachers and under guidance from the school’s values, policies and procedures.

The aim of the Kitchen Garden Program is to introduce students to the wonderful world of good food via a productive food garden and cooking in an exciting kitchen, as an integral part of the school curriculum.

The Kitchen Garden Specialist will engage the curiosity of the students and to help them learn how to grow the very best food in the very best way, how to care for it in the garden, how to recognise when it is ripe and at its best, how to prepare it easily and enjoyably and how to develop an expanding culinary palate – and be excited by all these experiences.

The Kitchen Garden Specialist has overall responsibility for planning and maintaining the garden, and also plans and conducts weekly kitchen/garden classes for each year level across the whole school in which students learn about growing produce for a kitchen and preparing it to eat. It is an aspiration of the school that Biodynamics are woven into the garden processes and introduced to the students at their age-appropriate levels.

This is an exciting opportunity for a specialist teacher who is looking to work across our small School using the integrated approach and curriculum of Steiner education.

The role requirements are:

  • Fully registered Teacher (Queensland)
  • Teach with an anthroposophical approach to each child’s developmental needs and welfare in mind
  • Be committed to ongoing individual and collaborative professional development, including Steiner Education
  • Demonstrate high level written and verbal communication skills
  • Be responsible for maintaining positive relationships, with colleagues, parents/guardians and participate actively in the life of the school community
  • Previous experience as a Steiner Teacher is preferred

To apply, email your application to which is to include a covering letter that addresses the Selection Criteria and your resume and relevant documentation (qualifications, registration, referees, etc).

To request an application package please email

Applications close: 5:00pm Monday 10th January 2022.

Please note, applicants who fail to address the selection criteria will not be considered for the role.

Key Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

  1. An understanding of the principles of Rudolf Steiner Education and a demonstrated love for children and teaching
  2. An understanding of child development as described by Rudolf Steiner and a commitment to professional learning and inner development through anthroposophical studies and artistic activities
  3. An ability to develop positive and professional relationships with students, parents and colleagues
  4. An ability to plan and deliver a developmentally appropriate curriculum that integrates the arts: music and singing, painting and drawing, movement, modelling, speech and drama
  5. Teaching experience, preferably in a Steiner Primary School Educational setting and ability to program, assess and write reports on student progress
  6. An ability to work collegially and a willingness to actively participate in and contribute to the cultural and festival life of the school
  7. Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  8. A demonstrated willingness to embrace the Vision, Mission, Values of CHSS