Seasonal Education Instructor

South Yuba River Citizens League

Nevada City, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $18-$20/hr DOE plus sick time and mileage
Required Experience 0 - 1 years


The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protection for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 39 years of achievements, 3,500 members and volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader in the Sierra headwaters for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security and water quality. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the summit to the sea.  


The Seasonal Education Instructor will assist the Education Director during our peak educational programming season by teaching outdoor courses with the aim of increasing environmental literacy through experiential learning opportunities, thereby creating life-long stewards of the Yuba River watershed and the environment. Programs are focused on watershed health and restoration, salmon, water conservation, and climate change. This position helps us achieve our goal of inspiring students to value the watershed and its wildlife and plants, especially Chinook salmon. The person in this position is responsible for leading Salmon Expedition field trips for 3rd-5th grade students, in-classroom lessons, communicating with teachers and raft guides, analyzing student assessment data, and other tasks.    

This position requires up to 40 hours of work per week, including occasional evenings and weekends. The successful candidate is excited by a fast-paced environment, passionate about environmental education, comfortable working full days outside, and can adapt lessons, schedules, and activities quickly when environmental factors or student needs change.   

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone who wants to inspire students through engaging environmental education programs and help make a difference in our community and beyond.  


  • Participate in Salmon Expedition training   
  • Assist Education Director with field trip logistics  
  • Lead Salmon Expedition float field trips for 3rd-5th grade students 
  • Teach in-classroom lessons to 3rd-5th grade students 
  • Teach students about salmon life cycle, habitat requirements, and water management issues during in-classroom lessons and on-river field trips 
  • Record and analyze student assessment data   
  • Promote a cooperative, positive, and problem-solving atmosphere at all times  
  • Prep and create curriculum materials   
  • Sanitize and replenish supplies   


Required Skills: 

  • At least 1 year experience working with students in an outdoor setting.  
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, and email. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail for scheduling, data collection, and record keeping.  
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, and exercise good judgment.   
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Readily available by phone and email.   
  • Passion for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is a must.  
  • Be able to carry up to 40 pounds and hike up to 3 miles per day.  
  • Proficient swimmer and comfortable in and around water. 
  • Are comfortable being on a raft and teaching outside for up to 6 hours per day.  
  • A valid driver’s license is required. Access to reliable transportation is highly preferred. 

Preferred Skills: 

  • Associates or BA/BS degree in education, science, or related field  
  • CPR/First Aid certified  
  • Previous experience with an environmental or non-profit organization 
  • Bilingual or conversational in Spanish is an added bonus 


This position requires up to 6 hours per day teaching outside on a raft and occasional lifting of up to 40 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


An hourly rate of $18-20 per hour; this includes all training, post-program evaluations, and required meetings. Mileage to and from the job site, not to exceed mileage to/from SYRCL office to put in/take out, and pre-approved expenses will be reimbursed if driven in a personal vehicle. SYRCL’s part-time, non-exempt, and temporary employees are not eligible for health/vision/dental insurance benefits or paid time off. This position is eligible for holiday pay and 40 hours of sick leave will be granted but may not be used within the first three months of employment. 


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications received by July 30, 2024. First contact will be a phone screen interview; finalists will be invited to video call panel or in-person interview. Anticipated start date is September 9, 2024.  



This position is open until filled. Submit your cover letter and resume electronically online. https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/careers/94

SYRCL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.  Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.  

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Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation