Outdoor Education Naturalist

Pathfinder Ranch

Mountain Center, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $640.00 - $760.00 per week and housing
Deadline Jul 12, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Dates of Work:

Fall Season: September 3 - November 23, 2024 

Spring Season: January 13 - May 23, 2025


  • $640.00 - $760.00 per week
  • Housing
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health insurance options for those working multiple season


  • Facilitating program including classes, evening programs and meals for client groups and special events, including some weekends and holidays
  • Maintain accurate program records and logs
  • Assisting in curriculum development and implementation
  • Provide positive public relations on behalf of Pathfinder Ranch and serve as a liaison with client groups
  • Assist group chaperones with cabin supervision and evening rituals
  • Communicating behavior issues with school faculty and occasionally providing behavior management to clients
  • Provide basic First Aid and CPR to clients Inventory and recommend equipment acquisitions as needed
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leadership roles, including staff meetings
  • Assisting in overall program operations, including animal and garden care
  • Keeping up-to-date and engaged with new teaching pedagogies and practices
  • Ensure the security and safety of camp facilities, grounds, and equipment
  • Follow and uphold all policies and procedures of Pathfinder Ranch
  • Comply with Health and Fire Department regulations, organizational policies, and accreditation standards

Job Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Current Adult and Child First Aid & CPR/AED certifications from a nationally recognized provider (at least 50% of the course must be in-person with a practical skills session)
  • Ability to communicate ecological, recreational, and conservation concepts to 5th and 6th grade students from diverse backgrounds
  • Passion for teaching and building strong mentoring relationships with students
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and provide high quality customer service to clients
  • Complete tasks both independently and collaboratively in a timely and accurate manner

Preferred Qualifications

  • Past experience with ropes courses, horses, farm animals, reptiles and/or gardens
  • 1+ years experience working in a camp setting
  • Current Lifeguard or Watercraft Guard certification from a nationally recognized provider
  • Bilingual or multilingual
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field and/or related work experience

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry 30 lbs. with reasonable accommodations
  • Ability to work a varied shift schedule in excess of 10 hours per day
  • Ability to traverse several miles per day on steep and uneven terrain in a variety of weather conditions.    

We do not require a cover letter or a resume.  We only need the application. Go to https://pathfinderranch.com/employment/  to apply. Do not use the “Apply with Indeed” link, you will not be taken to the application.  Instead, fill out the fields on the right side of the job description page and hit apply, it will take you to the application.  If you have questions, please email Elizabeth at elizabeth.h@pathfinderranch.com.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Naturalist, Nature Center