Lead students in 1-6 day outdoor education programs for grades 2-12. Teach natural history, human history, environmental education, team building & a variety of outdoor skills. Outdoor skills include camping, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and backpacking. Assist specialists in adventure activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses, sea kayaking, snorkeling and flatwater canoeing. All NAL employees are responsible for transporting themselves from site to site throughout California. Expect to travel from site to site week to week all throughout the state. We do not offer travel/gas stipends.

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


4-year university degree, or equivalent experience in environmental education, the natural sciences, outdoor recreation or related field.
Previous professional experience working with youth in an outdoor setting.
Significant personal outdoor experience.
Group management, time management, and solid facilitation skills for team building and initiatives.
Enthusiastic self-starter capable of working with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated leadership/facilitator skills and safety/risk management skill

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 an application (found on our website), a resume, and cover letter to [email protected]