Lead students in 2-6 day outdoor education camping programs for grades 4-12. Teach natural history, human history, environmental education, team building & a variety of outdoor skills: camping, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and backpacking. Assist specialist instructors with student instruction in activities like rock climbing, ropes courses, kayaking, snorkeling, and stand-up paddle boarding.
This is a Spring and/or Fall Full Time Seasonal Position with our Spring season starting in March to June, and Fall from August to November.
Entry-level compensation starts at $152 per day with returning instructors earning up to $220 per day. For an average 4-day program plus a staff preparation day the pay is $745. Tent space (or occasional lodge rooms) and meals are provided during the program.

We accept applications throughout the year. Phone interviews are on-going until positions are filled. For more information, you can call us at (805) 642-2692

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


4-year University degree OR equivalent experience in environmental education
Significant personal outdoor experience

Required Skills:

Authorized to work in the U.S.A.
Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR or higher (You may apply for a position as long as you intend to get the certification before your first field program placement).
Previous professional experience working with youth in an outdoor setting

Preferred Skills:

Group management, time management, and solid facilitation skills for team building initiatives
Enthusiastic self-starter capable of working with minimal supervision
Demonstrate leadership/facilitator skills and safety/risk management skills
Familiarity with teaching topics like biology, geology, ecology, etc.

About Naturalists at Large

Naturalists at Large is a leading outdoor and environmental education group in California. Since 1985, we have provided outdoor education programs for tens of thousands of students from over three hundred schools. We have introduced students to environments as diverse as the pygmy forest of Sonoma, the Giant Forest of Sequoia, the spring wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert, and giant kelp forests of Santa Catalina Island’s waters.

We pride ourselves on our ability to facilitate outdoor programs that are exciting and fun, while giving students an understanding of the beauty and diversity of our planet. We are committed to teaching people of all ages the skills to be at ease in the outdoors, and to come to a better understanding of the Western ecosystems: mountains, deserts, and seashores.

Application Instructions

Please send your application, cover letter, and resume to Ally Littell at [email protected] Full application is accessible from our website.