Do you love teaching outdoors, getting elbow deep in algae and digging through decomposing logs to see what you can find?  Do you have a fascination with the natural world?  Come teach hands-on marine science and forest ecology on the central California coast at The Coastal Institute at Camp Ocean Pines!

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Coastal Institute Naturalist positions are full-time seasonal, with hours scheduled according to group attendance and duties assigned by the program director.  Naturalists teach science to visiting 4th through 12th grade students in a residential outdoor setting and are responsible for activity groups of 10-15 students.  Naturalists also supervise meal times and lead camp activities including singing songs, performing skits, facilitating low ropes activities and target sports, and other duties as camp requires.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, experiential education or related field
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification prior to start date
  • Current CA Food Handlers certificate prior to start date
  • Ability to pass background check, fingerprinting and pre-employment drug test
  • Valid US driver's license

Preferred:

  • Lifeguard certification
  • Experience driving 15-passenger vans
  • Spanish language skills
  • Raptor handling experience
  • One or more seasons of experience working at a residential outdoor education program

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teach groups of 10-15 students about the ocean, the forest, and everything in between
  • Teach two 3-hour daytime lessons per day and up to three 1.5-hour evening programs per week
  • Develop lesson plans based on the Coastal Institute curriculum
  • Supervise up to three meals per week
  • Lead offsite trips including tide-pooling, hikes, kayaking, and beach walks
  • Drive students and chaperones in 15-passenger vans
  • Sing songs and perform skits at weekly closing campfires
  • Facilitate low ropes and team building activities
  • Lead target sports activities (archery and tomahawk throwing)
  • Handle/care for live specimens including non-venomous snakes, lizards, and birds of prey
  • Other duties as assigned by the program director

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in stressful situations after working long hours
  • Ability to be flexible and to adjust quickly to changes
  • Ability to paddle a kayak long distances in ocean conditions
  • Ability to recover a flipped kayak without assistance
  • Ability to swim 100 yards unaided in ocean conditions
  • Ability to lead students on hikes over rough terrain in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to recognize and respond to emergency situations
  • Ability to handle live non venomous snakes and lizards
  • Ability to drive a 15-passenger van without accommodation
  • Ability to type and use a computer

EVALUATION

Naturalists will be evaluated throughout the season, both formally and informally, by the program director.

Photo by Rose Hollingsworth

Photo by Rose Hollingsworth

COMPENSATION

Coastal Institute Naturalist salaries start at $75/day.  Housing is provided in lodge bedrooms onsite (shared with 1-3 other staff) throughout the entire season.  Meals are provided when schools are onsite and may be available during weekend rental groups.  When groups are not onsite, staff will have access to leftovers and use of the kitchen facilities.  Naturalists may be offered an increased rate to stay overnight in a student cabin or facilitate a weekend program as the need arises.

SPRING 2018 DATES AND DETAILS

The 2018 spring season runs from January 22nd through June 8th and includes one week of paid training along with the option to attend a one-week UC California Naturalist certification course free of charge.

Our 2018 spring team will consist of six naturalists, one program coordinator, and the program director.  We currently have three available naturalist positions.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be reviewed as they come in and preference will be given to earlier submissions.

To apply, please follow these steps:

1. Submit an online application here: https://goo.gl/forms/zeUVA9xFaut6XzU03

2. Email the following to Kat Montgomery, the program director, at kat@coastalinstitute.org

  • Current resume

  • Contact information for three professional references (phone number, email address, and relationship to you)

  • Letter of interest describing who you are and why you’d like to be a Coastal Institute Naturalist

Incomplete applications will not be considered, so please be sure to submit the application AND email the necessary materials to the program director.  

If you have any questions about the application process, email Kat Montgomery at kat@coastalinstitute.org or give us a call at the office at 805-924-4015.  Good luck!