The Lead Naturalist is responsible for the teaching and preparation of outdoor science and social science education programs at the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. The Lead Naturalist will encourage students’ awareness and appreciation of the environment, broaden students’ knowledge of science concepts, and foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural world. The Lead Naturalist works under the direct supervision of the Education Director. This is a Full-Time position.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


1. Commitment to the mission, vision and core values of the Environmental Nature Center.
2. Ability to memorize and recall facts, figures, and information.
3. Ability to teach and supervise groups of up to 20 students and their chaperones on our trails.
4. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and demonstrate flexibility.
5. Knowledge of California’s plant and animal life highly desirable.
6. Knowledge of California Native Americans and local indigenous people highly desirable.

Required Skills:

1. Effectively communicate environmental education concepts to students of all ages.
2. Effectively communicate to others proper animal care and handling procedures.
3. Communicate effectively in the English language, in both oral and written forms.
4. Observe animal behavior and check for irregularities, including feces schedule and feeding schedule.
5. Create and maintain strong cooperative relationships with staff personnel and volunteers.
6. Understand and carry out oral and written instructions...

About Environmental Nature Center

Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is a world class facility that provides transformative experiences resulting in a deeper connection to nature. The ENC’s mission is to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. Our vision is to provide equitable access and inspire all to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s leader in ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. The ENC connects over 50,000 community members to nature annually through school field trips, Traveling Naturalist programs, community programs, nature camps, service learning programs, and professional development programs.

The ENC’s 5-acre Newport Beach campus features 15 California native plant communities, wildlife habitat, walking trails, and sustainably designed construction. The ENC’s LEED Platinum certified facilities are nationally recognized and provide an essential connection between nature and the built environment.

Application Instructions

Apply at https://encenter.org/about-us/employment/