Passionate Nanny/Educator Needed For Progressive Family in Mendocino

Position Filled – Passionate Nanny/Educator Needed For Progressive Family in Mendocino


A hardworking, dynamic family currently based in beautiful Mendocino, CA is seeking a dedicated, artful, and hands-on nanny/educator for their three boys, aged 8, 4, and 2 years old!


Here is what the family would like to share about this position: We are a family with three boys and two full-time nannies, plus a private elementary Montessori educator. We’re seeking to add a third nanny/educator in order to have a 1:1 kid/nanny ratio. We describe our current nannies as child experts, and we’re looking for someone who can rise to their standard of excellence in thoughtfulness, spirit, and execution.


Our current COVID life has us living in the countryside. Our kids explore at the beaches and in the redwoods daily, work in the gardens and play in the mud kitchen. They attend home school in a converted barn, and our nannies follow a Montessori approach to schoolwork. We eat lunches together as a group, family-style outside under the trees, catered by our private, vegetarian chef. Our 4-year-old has a rare genetic condition making him more susceptible to COVID and other illnesses, so we expect household staff to follow public health guidelines and immunization schedules. We are a science-first family. Post-COVID, we’ll return to Marin, in the north bay of San Francisco, and the children will return to school. Our nannies will continue to work, because we strongly believe that each child should be able to follow his own path and not get stuck tagging along to an older brother’s extracurricular activity. We travel abroad often (anywhere is possible, but certainly Europe, Maui, and Tahoe for ski team are regulars) for work and school vacations and all summer.


This position is ideal for a candidate who is travel-ready, open-minded, and excited to work alongside progressive parents. Familiarity with toddler and elementary-age is essential, along with having a passionate, educationally-minded, and self-directed approach to the role. Other responsibilities will include assisting in the Montessori classroom, supporting their middle child’s speech and occupational therapy, coordinating the children’s schedules, and very occasional meal prep. We highly encourage diverse candidates to apply.


In particular, we’re seeking someone with one or more of the following skills: music and instrument instruction, Montessori training, occupational therapy, speech therapy, sensory integration disorder therapy, sports and physical education, or experience with outdoor or forest-school education for young children. Bonus points if you are a strong ocean swimmer, surfer, or skier/snowboarder. Double bonus if you have experience living/driving in urban cities (not just the suburbs), playing and teaching in rural nature (not just community parks), and navigating yourself through unfamiliar, foreign environments abroad. Finally, triple bonus if you have done none of these things, but you are wicked smart, can assess the world around you quickly, and you can demonstrate this during an interview.


Our household works best with great communication and collaboration, and we strive to tackle challenges creatively and iteratively. We run weekly staff meetings and 1:1 check-ins, and everyone stays up-to-date using Slack. Employees are chosen for their unique talents, and we all benefit from the myriad experiences and knowledge they bring to our family. In exchange, we work hard to ensure that our nannies have the tools they need to perform their work at the highest levels, including company debit cards, access to family Instacart and Amazon accounts, autonomy to purchase work-related items, and authority to select and oversee enrichment activities for children. As a family motto, I often say, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” One of our nannies, however, recently pointed out the myopic focus of this statement, explaining that we should treat others the way that they want to be treated. I want to extend her words into this advertisement: we are looking for someone exceptional, who can help our children thrive and who will contribute positively to our household team. Please let us know what a dream job would look like for you, and we would love to build it together.


Position Details

  • Hours/Schedule: Full-time, guaranteeing 40 hours per week with the general schedule falling on Mondays through Fridays. The bulk of support is required between 4pm-6pm, with additional hours falling between 8am-4pm depending on the candidate’s preference and responsibilities; the family is very open to discussing scheduling based on the candidate’s role.
  • Live-in/Live-Out: Live-in. Accommodations include separate living quarters on the family’s property. The family will appreciate a candidate who is open to being a part of their COVID-conscious pod.
  • Compensation and Benefits: The family is offering $32-$40/hour in addition to a generous benefits package including full health, dental, and vision insurance, PTO, paid transportation, an annual stipend for professional development, annual donations to the charity of an employees’ choice, and a family-provided credit card to ensure the candidate has all the tools and supplies needed to excel in the role.
  • Start Date: The position will begin as soon as the family finds the perfect fit and will extend at a minimum through September 2021, with the potential to extend long-term.


  • Create a stimulating, nurturing, and safe environment for the children to grow and thrive
  • Interact educationally and creatively with active and curious children
  • Assist the Montessori educator with homeschooling and participate in classes as needed
  • Provide enriching experiences and activities utilizing music, the outdoors, and the world around beyond basic care
  • Research destinations and plan educationally enriching field trips and experiences
  • Collaborate with parents, staff, and children to ensure continuity of care and develop best methods of learning
  • Support virtual therapy appointments as needed
  • Travel with the family throughout the year once it is safe to do so
  • Self-educate and research best methods and approaches to ensure children are thriving as well as success and growth in the role


  • Valid driver’s license and passport
  • At least 3 years of professional, full-time childcare and/or teaching experience
  • Background in one or many of the following: music and instrument instruction, Montessori training, occupational therapy, speech therapy, sensory integration disorder therapy, sports and physical education, and/or outdoor education
  • Familiarity with middle school, elementary, and toddler age groups
  • Quick learner and deep thinker; ability to self-educate and research as needed
  • Knowledge of Forest School curriculum is a plus!
  • Proactive and hardworking!
  • Ability and willingness to follow the family’s COVID safety protocols
  • Ability to travel with the family frequently throughout the year when it is safe to do so


This position is open to all Adventure Nannies candidates who are legally able to work in the US and possess a valid driver’s license and passport. This family is happy to consider relocation candidates for this position. Out of respect for the privacy of the families we work with, we cannot provide any additional information about this position other than what has already been provided in the job description. If you are interested in learning more about the position, please apply!