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Cambria CA

We are now hiring for our 2018 fall season! 

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!



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.




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



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



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

Live onsite for the duration of the season in order to assist with overnight emergencies if needed

Other duties as assigned by the program director



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

Ability to live in shared onsite housing



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



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.



The 2018 fall season runs from September 17th through November 9th 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 fall team will consist of four naturalists, one program coordinator, and the outdoor education director.

There are currently two naturalist positions available.



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/cEf9ovyoLu5oAUVH3

2. Email the following to Bill Thornton, the outdoor education director, at bill@coastalinstitute.org:

Current resume

Contact information for three references (phone numbers & email addresses)

Letter of interest describing who you are and why you’d like to be a naturalist with The Coastal Institute

Incomplete applications will not be considered, so please be sure to submit the application AND email the necessary materials to the director. If you have any questions about the application process, email Bill Thornton at bill@coastalinstitute.org or give us a call at the office at 805-924-4015. Good luck!

Please mention how you learned of this opening.

Posted August 6, 2018

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