Ranch Naturalist

Walker Creek Ranch

Petaluma, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $22.57/hr plus benefits and housing
Deadline Jul 27, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Walker Creek Ranch is located outside of Petaluma in West Marin County on 1700 Acres of beautiful ranch land and is owned and operated by the Marin County Office of Education. The ranch offers four- and five-day residential environmental education programs tailored toward 5th and 6th grade students. The outdoor school is dedicated to providing equitable, inclusive, and quality educational experiences for students and teachers that inspire appreciation and stewardship of the natural world.


1. Interprets the environment either in the classroom or outdoors (trail and garden), reinforcing instruction in natural science, ecology, conservation and environmental education, leadership and interpersonal skills, community living processes, early California history, and geography.

2. Interacts with students in their outdoor training activities, encouraging the learning process, observing progress, and sharing observations with program leader and classroom teachers.

3. Participates in curriculum and activities planning, staff meetings and conferences.

4. Assists in the health and safety activities of the Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor Education Program.

5. Gives guidance to and assists Cabin Leaders and Naturalist Interns in their assigned activities, assuring equitable treatment of all students.

6. Assists in operation of kitchen, dining room, supervising set-ups and clean-ups.

7. Assists in the organization and execution of recreational and evening activities.

8. Performs other duties as assigned requiring essentially the same effort, skill and responsibility when program requirements are changed or modified.


Any combination of education, training, and/or experience which demonstrates ability to perform the duties as described. A typical career pathway would include graduation from High School or equivalent and study in the natural sciences equivalent to one year of College-level work. Positions in this class are required to possess and maintain a valid California driver's license.

• Environmental education curriculum and California 5th/6th grade Science standards
• Proper lifting techniques;

• Management ofstudents in an outdoor education residential program, including small and large groups


TO APPLY: submit the following documents online at www.edjoin.org:

Three letters of recommendation (preferred not required) • Letter of interest • Current resume

SELECTION PROCEDURES: The multilevel selection process may consist of an application screening process, reference checks, assessment activities, interviews and presentations. Those candidates with the most relevant and suitable background will be invited to participate in the process.

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Category Environmental Education
Tags Naturalist