Outdoor Education Instructor

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Community Nature Connection
Job Overview

Position Summary:

The CNC Residential Outdoor Education Program provides a safe, challenging, fun, and dynamic experience for students in grades 5-7. The goal of the program is to create a deep nature connection between students and their “Big Backyard” of local parks. 


Outdoor Educators will use established curriculum, based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the California State Science Standards, to personalize their classes for lesson groups of 15-20 students. Instructors will typically teach 2-3 lessons each day (morning lesson, afternoon lesson, and night program). The average day runs from 9:00am until 10:00pm with breaks. Program topics include Adaptations, Outdoor Skills, Cultural Heritage and Interpretation, Teambuilding, Astronomy, Night Hikes, and an all day hike in a local state park. Traditional camp activities include swimming, campfires, songs, and group games. Outdoor Education instructors genuinely embrace and embody CNC’s mission.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead groups of students on hikes, lessons, swimming, and group activities. 
  • Ensure the safety of the students through the application of effective risk management techniques and providing basic medical care while on the trail and in the pool. 
  • Actively participate in the success of the program, including setup and take down of activities, attending weekly staff meetings, and restocking program supplies. 
  • Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of program areas. 
  • Assist with student orientation, arrival and departure, and schedule changes. 
  • Lead large group activities and meals 1-2 times per week. 
  • Create and customize outdoor education lessons. 
  • Mentor high school students acting as counselors with each lesson group. 
  • Maintain accurate records of incidents, injuries, and group behavior. 
  • Occasional but limited overnight coverage as adult supervision on the same floor where students and counselors reside for the week.
  • Maintain positive open communication with other Outdoor Educators, Camp Manager, and school staff when appropriate.
    Represent CNC in a professional manner and in accordance with CNC’s mission and uniform.
  • Complete additional projects assigned by the Camp Manager. 


Minimum Position Requirements:

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Lifeguard certification.
  • BA/BS, or at least 3 years experience facilitating educational and/or informal science programs for children in a classroom, nature center, camp, zoo, or similar field.
  • Previous experience facilitating educational and/or informal science programs for children in a classroom, nature center, camp, zoo, or similar field.
  • Knowledge of and ability to communicate ecological, recreational, and conservation concepts to youth in engaging and interactive ways.  
  • Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED training by the first day of camp session.
  • Good judgment and decision-making when working with the public and children.
    ● Group management skills for leading a trail group for a length of one week. 
  • Flexibility, high energy, self-motivation, and a commitment to teamwork. 
  • Ability to be a positive member of a community that will live and work together. 


Specific Position Requirements:

  • Dates of employment are February 1, 2020 – May 9, 2020 with the possibility of extension through May 30, 2020. Typical work week runs Monday – Friday, with the exception of no more than 3 weekend dates for program set-up, breakdown, and support.
  • Occasional Health Office coverage handling minor injuries, medications, student concerns and questions, parent and teacher communications, and other program-related needs (training provided).
    This position requires both field and office tasks, therefore the applicant must be able to work in sometimes adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc. 
  • Ability to pass a background check including fingerprinting.
  • Must pass a physical examination including a drug test.
  • Reference checks will be conducted.
  • This position will require DMV clearance to operate MRCA vehicles as occasional but limited driving may be required, including but not limited to in emergency situations. 


Desired Qualifications & Skills: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or significant coursework from an accredited college or university in related fields including Environmental Science, Life Sciences, Education, or similar field.
  • Knowledge of the local flora and fauna of the Santa Monica Mountains. 
  • Certified in one or more of the following: Interpretive Guide, Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, or California Naturalist.
  • Experience with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Knowledge of California State Science Framework and Content Standards and the California Environmental Education Initiative proposed standards.
  • Translate California content standards into meaningful educational and experiential lessons.
  • Knowledge of the principles of Environmental Education.
  • 3+ Experience working with youth in grades 5-7.
  • Ability to prepare lesson plans and outlines for outdoor education activities. 
  • Passion for teaching and developing positive relationships with students. 


Compensation and Benefits 

  • Competitive weekly compensation dependent upon experience and certifications.
  • 3 weeks in-depth paid training and continued professional development. 
  • Full time housing provided (co-ed shared housing, kitchen, and on-site laundry facilities) in a beautiful park setting in the ​Santa Monica Mountains​. 
  • Meals provided when camp programs are in session. 
  • Additional weekend work may be available throughout the season & following the outdoor education season for those residing in the Santa Monica Mountains region. 
  • Access to extensive trails, camping, beaches, and all the wonders that Southern California has to offer.

How to Apply  

A complete application will include a letter of interest, resume, and a list of three professional references. 

Please email the required documents as a single PDF to Hannah Calloway, Outdoor Education Program Manager at [email protected]

Applications for the Spring 2020 will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Please no phone calls.