Outdoor Educator/Youth Mentor- Field Staff Position

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 11:00pm



PO Box 4457, Bellingham, WA
United States


Wild Whatcom

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Wild Whatcom Boys Program Mentor & Schools Program Field Staff Position

Wild Whatcom is a flourishing non-profit organization dedicated to connecting youth to nature and developing positive character traits through outdoor exploration and discovery. We provide experiential learning opportunities that inspire participants to explore, connect, and serve, while building healthy relationships with nature, community, and self.

Wild Whatcom seeks a motivated and flexible male educator to co-lead single and multi-day field outings, skills days, and service projects for the Boys Explorer Club. Candidates are expected to commit at least a year to the Boys Explorers Club program. The Boys Explorers Club cultivates naturalist knowledge, sense of adventure, earth living skills, and a community stewardship ethic for boys ages 7-16. With the natural world as a starting point, mentors facilitate innovative experiential learning opportunities that help participants learn about and build healthy relationships within and across ecosystems and their human communities.

Boys Explorers Club Mentor: Work with the Program Coordinator and other mentors to organize and guide outings, primarily on weekend days during the academic year (late August to mid-June). Averaging 10-11 hours per week, the position offers part-time weekend work following the academic year schedule.

Neighborhood Nature Field Staff: Work with the Program Coordinator and other field staff to guide after-school outings during the academic year (typically about 8-10 weeks each in fall and late spring). Field staff works averages about 5 hours per week.

Summer Adventures Mentor (optional): If possible, we are looking for candidates available for intermittent summer work with our camp and backpacking programs. Summer hours are episodic, with some full-time weeks and some weeks entirely off. Average 130 hours total over the course of the summer (late June to late August).

Start date: Friday, September 16th, 2016

*Applications accepted through Wednesday, September 7th, 2016*


  • Inspiration, a sense of wonder, humor, adaptability, and passion for facilitating meaningful connections.
  • Strong interest in mentoring youth and knowledge of, or interest in learning about, Coyote Mentoring, The Invisible School, youth development, and Rites of Passage.
  • Environmental/outdoor education experience and a regular personal practice of connection with the outdoors strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor variable conditions constantly to ensure group safety while simultaneously remaining attentive and focused on learning goals and the unique needs of each participant.
  • Strong physical condition with ability to work outdoors and carry 30+ lbs in a variety of weather and terrain.
  • Professional work habits (punctual, responsive, organized, ability to manage multiple projects, attention to detail).
  • Consistent and prompt communications skills with staff, families, and participants both interpersonal and written.
  • Candidates must commit to at least one year of work with the Boys Explorers Club program to build rapport with participants.
  • Computer access plus competency with Google systems, Microsoft Office Suite, and social media tools.
  • Current Wilderness First Aid certification or Wilderness First Responder (preferred).
  • Tetanus booster within the past 5 years.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment background and credit screening.
  • Valid driver’s license, excellent driving record (background check is required), and reliable transportation.
  • It is recommended that candidates volunteer with Boys Explorers Club prior to any interview.


  • Mentor boys ages 7-16. Lead outdoor explorations for boys with skill, enthusiasm, and patience - in nearly all weather conditions.
  • Facilitate participant connections to the local ecological community, group process, and individual empowerment opportunities.
  • Explore and learn about the natural world and earth living skills with inquisitive, highly energetic youth.
  • Practice risk management at all times.
  • Assist with written outing reports, collaborating with program planning and preparation.

Position Start Date:

Friday, September 16, 2016

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How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least two references. Please direct all questions and application materials (emailed as .pdf files) to: boysprogram@wildwhatcom.org, with your name and “Boys Program Mentor & Schools Program Field Staff Position” in the subject line.

*Applications accepted through September 7th, 2016*

Wild Whatcom is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

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Compensation Information:

Compensation will begin at $14 per hour.

Contact Name:

Steve Keller

Contact Phone:

(206) 359-1627

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