The Lead Naturalist is responsible for the teaching and preparation of outdoor science and social science education programs, including on-site and traveling naturalist programs. 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. This Lead Naturalist is directly responsible for ensuring the proper care and record-keeping of all program animals at the ENC when not teaching.

Tagged as: Full Time, Teaching/Education


1. Ability to teach and supervise groups of up to 15 students on our trails; groups of up to 40 students in our schools.
2. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and demonstrate flexibility.
3. Knowledge of animal care.

Required Skills:

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 handle a variety of animals including birds of prey, mammals, arthropods and snakes.

About Environmental Nature Center

Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center, known simply to thousands of visiting students through the years as “The ENC”, is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities (ranging from desert, to oak woodland, to fresh water marsh, to redwood forest); wildlife habitats; walking trails; and sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified learning center. For over four decades the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 5 acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 28,000 students and thousands of visitors annually, the ENC is recognized as a leader in science and social science education providing opportunities for increasing our community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The ENC is a non-profit 501(c)-3 public benefit corporation.

Application Instructions

Review the job description before applying here: https://encenter.org/about-us/employment/

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