Naturalist at Camp Arroyo

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12:00am



Livermore, CA
United States

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Job Description:

YMCA East Bay Outdoor School at Camp Arroyo is hiring Naturalists for Spring 2017 to begin in January. Opened in 2001, the education program received a 2005 Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award for Environmental Education and the camp’s green facilities (featuring a straw bale dining hall) was rated one of AIA’s Top Ten Green Projects of 2002.

Naturalists lead three-, four- and five-day education programs for fourth through sixth graders from around the Bay Area, September through June. Our experiential curriculum focuses on sustainability in the following lesson areas:

  • Organic gardening 
  • Green architecture and renewable energy
  • Native Ohlone culture
  • Local ecology hike
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Three-mile hike with an emphasis on personal accomplishment, watersheds, and geology
  • Team building initiatives and the climbing wall
  • In-depth elective classes designed by each naturalist
  • Challenge course (high and low ropes elements) facilitation for weekend groups

Essential Job Duties:

As a naturalist, you will be responsible for the following each week:

  • Teaching the above curriculum to the same group of 14-16 students for the week
  • Developing experiential, inquiry-based lesson plans
  • Facilitating community-building initiatives with groups
  • Orienting participants to program areas, including dining hall and cabins
  • Leading two to three meals in dining hall
  • Leading one to two structured activities during student recreation time
  • Working two evening programs (skit nights, night hike, or dance)
  • Assisting with the prep, maintenance, and clean-up of program supplies and areas
  • Participating in staff development
  • Working occasional weekend programs


  • Prefer at least 2 years of experience in environmental education programs, especially residential programs
  • At least a four-year degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of the above curriculum areas or the passion and follow-through to learn more 
  • Experience working with a diversity of children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds 
  • Ability to work flexible work hours
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Positive management skills with children
  • Ability to walk up to 5 miles per day
  • Musical and acting abilities are a plus! (It is a camp setting, so be prepared to perform in front of large groups of kids!)
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification, with AED training
  • Previous challenge/ropes course experience preferred
  • Lifeguard certification, WFR/EMT certifications, and language skills are desirable
  • Flexibility, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor are absolutely required!


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How to Apply:

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at YMCA of the East Bay. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preferred application date November 30, 2016, position open until filled

Please send a resume with references and a cover letter to:

or to:

Alex Vandermeys
YMCA Camp Arroyo
5535 Arroyo Rd.
Livermore, CA 94550

Phone: 925-455-7978

Job Compensation:



Compensation Information:

  •   $440 / week
  • Eligible for medical coverage after short waiting period. It is an employee contribution plan that is heavily subsidized by the YMCA. You may choose to waive these benefits.
  • Onsite housing or offsite housing allowance
  •  Food during programming
  • Stipend for development opportunities
  • Pro-deal accounts with various outdoor equipment vendors

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Alex Vandermeys

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