Resident Education Leader*

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, July 15, 2016, 9:00pm


Boulder Creek, CA
United States

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Job Description:

Under direction of the program director(s), this is a non-exempt residential position that works with YMCA Camp Campbell’s Outdoor Science School program to provide hands-on experiences to students in an outdoor education setting. Resident Education Leaders will experience various aspects of a residential outdoor education program throughout the school year, with a focus on strengthening their experience in teaching and facilitating groups in an outdoor setting. All resident education leaders will be involved in the daily and overnight supervision of the fifth and sixth grade students attending the Outdoor Science School on a weekly rotating basis. During weeks where overnight supervision of students is not required, Resident Education Leaders will focus directly on gaining skills as a naturalist, where they will spend time shadowing and being mentored by the outdoor science school’s full-time naturalist staff. It is expected by the end of the school year that Resident Education Leaders will have gained the skills, knowledge, and experience to be a full-time naturalist in the field.


  • Ability to relate to peers as well as youth effectively.
  • Model the values of the YMCA of Silicon Valley and the individual worth of children.
  • Must have experience working with children.
  • Ability and willingness to communicate with and perform in front of large groups of students, volunteers, and adults in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Must have good decision making skills, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • An understanding of environmental education, resident camping, and bilingual in Spanish/ English are preferred.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR is required within 60 days of hire.
  • B.A. or B.S., preferably in the field of science or environmental studies.

Educational Responsibilities

  • Research, write, and update lesson plans appropriate to program goals and aligned with state and national education standards.
  • Lead interpretive field activities in a variety of ecosystems.
  • Facilitate the development of an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment.
  • Foster commitment to the protection of natural resources and environment.
  • Prepare and maintain nature lab exhibits and provide care for live animals.
  • Complete professional development training, courses or workshops to increase job related skills and knowledge.
  • Utilize varied teaching strategies to accommodate the needs of all types of learners.

Cabin Leader Responsibilities

  • Live in a cabin during assigned weeks with student participants assigned to your group.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to those participants in daily living, with special attention to: personal hygiene and safety and participation in activities and programs.
  • Serve as a good role model in personal language, appearance, communication skills, and health habits to volunteers and participants.
  • Provides overnight supervision for volunteers, when needed.
  • Improve own capabilities and demonstrate this through continual expansion of knowledge and skills.


How to Apply:

Apply online:

*Job is listed as "Cabin Leader" in our online hiring system, the Resident Education Leader position is a specialized naturalist track of that position.

Please contact Associate Program Director Leah Callan at if you have any questions.


Compensation Information:

Compensation is $400-$450/week depending on experience, rustic housing, meals when groups are onsite, and full benefits.