Outdoor Education Instructor

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Community Nature Connection
Community Nature Connection

Deadline to Apply:

Friday, January 12, 2018, 5:00pm



Calabasas, CA
United States

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Job Description:

Outdoor Educators will use established curriculum, based on NGSS and the California State Science Standards, to personalize their classes for lesson groups of 15-20 students and two high school counselors. Instructors will typically teach 2-3 lessons each day (morning lesson, afternoon lesson, and night program). The average day runs from 8:00am until 10:00pm. Program topics include Adaptations, Outdoor Skills, Native American Life and Culture, Teambuilding, Astronomy, Night Hikes, and an all day hike in a local state park. Traditional camp activities include campfires, songs, and group games. Instructors will also be responsible for:

  • Leading groups of students in hikes, lessons, and group activities.
  • Ensuring the safety of the students through the application of effective risk management techniques and providing basic medical care while on the trail.
  • Actively participating in the success of the program, including setup and take down of activities, attending weekly staff meetings, and resupplying program items.
  • Assisting with student orientation, arrival and departure, and schedule changes.
  • Leading large group activities and meals 1-2 times per week.
  • Creating and customizing outdoor education lessons.
  • Mentoring high school students acting as counselors with each lesson group.
  • Maintaining accurate records of incidents, injuries, and group behavior.
  • Possible emergency coverage, as needed, for overnight adult supervision on a floor of the dormitory building where students and counselors reside for the week.
  • Maintaining positive open communication with other Outdoor Educators, Camp Director, and school staff when appropriate.
  • Assisting with the maintenance and upkeep of program areas.
  • Completing projects assigned by the Camp Director.


Required Qualifications

  • BA or BS, or at least 2 years experience in a related field.
  • Previous experience as an educator or facilitator in summer camp, youth development, or non-formal education programming.
  • Group management skills for leading a trail group for one week.
  • Knowledge of and ability to communicate ecological, recreational, and conservation concepts to youth in engaging and interactive ways.
  • 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. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience as an educator or facilitator in a residential outdoor education setting.
  • Experience working with youth in grades 5-7.
  • Ability to prepare lesson plans and outlines for outdoor education activities.
  • Experience leading or facilitating groups in teambuilding activities.
  • Passion for teaching and developing positive relationships with students.
  • Knowledge of the local flora and fauna of the Santa Monica Mountains. 


Work Requirements

  • Dates of employment are February 7 – May 26, 2018. End date may be negotiable for the right candidate. There will be eight unpaid days off throughout the season. Work week runs Mon-Fri, with the exception of two mandatory Saturdays on February 10 and May 26.
  • Work is accomplished in both indoor and outdoor settings, and includes standing, walking, and hiking, for extended periods of time.
  • Must be physically fit, including the ability to hike for up to 10 miles, lift 50 pounds, and required to pass a physical examination that includes a drug test.
  • A current First Aid and CPR certification is required.
  • 1-2 weeks of Health Office coverage handling injuries, medications, student concerns and questions, parent and teacher communications, and other program-related needs.
  • Submit fingerprints to the Department of Justice via Live Scan.
  • Have a record clean of violent or serious felonies as defined in California Penal Code Sections 667.5 and subdivision (c) 1192.7.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Position Start Date:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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How to Apply:

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

Email the required documents in PDF format to Andrew D. Haka, Camp Director, at andrew@communitynatureconnection.org.

Applications accepted until all positions are filled.

Job Compensation:


Compensation Information:

  • $350-$425 per week. Rate dependent upon experience and certifications - Lifeguard, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, Certified Interpretive Guide, California Naturalist, etc.
  • 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 Mon-Fri when camp is in session.
  • Access to extensive trails, camping, beaches, and all the wonders that Southern California has to offer.
  • 2 week in-depth training and continued professional development.
  • CPR and First Aid training available at no cost for CNC employees.
  • NAI Certified Interpretive Guide training may be available at reduced cost for CNC employees.
  • Additional weekend work may be available throughout the season for those with a Class B driver's license.
  • Additional work following the outdoor education season may be available for those residing in the Los Angeles area.

Contact Name:

Andrew D. Haka

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