Outdoor Education Naturalist Teacher

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Scotts Valley, CA
United States

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Mission Springs Outdoor Education is a residential outdoor education school that is designed to foster both academic and spiritual growth in middle school students. We are located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just outside of Scotts Valley, California. 

Mission Springs Outdoor Education serves both public and private Christian schools in Northern and Central California.  Our classes focus on redwood and stream ecology, team building, environmental stewardship (including solar energy and organic gardening), astronomy, and marine field trips for 4th-6th grade students.

We are looking for recent college graduates in the science and/or education field who are interested in sharing their love of God’s creation with students.  As a Naturalist you will gain experience in outdoor education and youth ministry as you teach students in an outdoor classroom.  Naturalists are provided with housing and most meals on site, and start out at $311.28/week. 

Naturalist duties include:

Leading hands-on outdoor science classes on the trails that weave through our redwood forest habitat. Some classes occur in the evenings.
Introducing children to God’s creation and teaching them to be good stewards of natural resources
Daily tasks to help the program run smoothly including meal lineups, recess duties, and office tasks. 


B.A. or B.S. required; Biology (or related science field) or Elementary Education preferred; current CPR/First Aid certification; proven ability to be a positive Christian role model for children; teaching experience & bilingual a plus.
Desire to live in a Christian Community

Employment Dates:

January 16, 2017 – May 26, 2017
August 14, 2017 – November 17, 2017

Application Deadline:  until filled


How to Apply:

Please contact Stacie Daoust Burch, Director of Outdoor Education, at stacie.daoust@missionsprings.com or 831.335.3205.

Thank you,

Stacie Daoust Burch

Director of Outdoor Education