Educator Development Program SoCal

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:30pm


Malibu, CA
United States

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NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and promoting equal opportunity in the field of environmental education. This commitment furthers our mission to foster environmental literacy. NatureBridge is offering a four-week Educator Development Program (EDP) for educators who are seeking to increase their experience with outdoor teaching and risk management. The EDP runs from January 2 – 31, 2017. Four applicants will be selected to participate in the program which includes training, collaborative teaching, coaching, and evaluation. EDP encourages and aims to increase the representation of underrepresented groups in the field of outdoor education and consequently the workforce. 

We are recruiting staff who can effectively connect with our student communities, and are therefore seeking individuals with experience and skills working with the following populations: racial and ethnic minority groups, English Language Learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that are under-represented in the field of environmental education.

The program travels between our Malibu, Golden Gate, and Yosemite campuses. Transportation is provided. 

Participants who meet performance expectations are offered immediate, part time, seasonal exempt Environmental Science educator positions at the SoCal NatureBridge campus. NatureBridge SoCal programs run Feb. 1 - June 16th, 2017.

Educator Development Program Position Description: can also be found here:


  • Collaboratively plan and teach three to five-day outdoor education programs incorporating the Core Educational Framework
  • Co-lead night walks, reflective activities and campfires
  • Debrief teaching experiences and observations with collaborating teachers/supervisors and use the knowledge gained to enhance teaching techniques
  • Develop and maintain a safe learning environment for all participants at all times                              


  • Bachelor’s degree and eligibility to work in the United States
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification (minimum), or willingness to obtain shortly after being hired (stipend provided to cover the cost of the WFA course, provided at completion of EDP Program)
  • Current CPR Certification (for which you are financially responsible)
  • At least one year experience working with diverse ages and cultures in schools, camps, parks, community programs, etc.
  • Effective communication, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within your teaching and our community
  • Willingness to be coached and openness to feedback
  • Ability to hike three to seven miles a day carrying a twenty pound pack on varied terrain in all sorts of weather
  • Valid and current driver’s license

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience working with racial and ethnic minority groups, English Language Learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that are underrepresented in the field of environmental education
  • Involvement in community service projects, leadership, social and environmental justice and activism
  • Experience working with youth in environmental education, science education, or residential outdoor education programs
  • Ability to speak and teach in a language other than English relevant to our student populations such as Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese in California

Additional information:

Participants earn $85/day; this will increase to $100/ day (no health or retirement benefits) when hired as an Environmental Science Educator in Southern California at the completion of the program


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How to Apply:

To Apply to the SoCal EDP: Applications due by 11:59pm October 5th, 2016.

Email with EDP 2017 in the subject line. Send COVER LETTER, RESUME, and contact information for THREE REFERENCES, as well as an ESSAY describing your life experiences that have inspired you to help connect youth to the natural world. Essays should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced.  

Questions about EDP SoCal may be directed to Diana Lopez or Meg Jakubowski at  and will be responded to within 48 hours.

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