This position is responsible for creatively adapting and delivering dynamic nature-based curriculum to small groups of youth age pre-K to teens. Instructors will cultivate a sense of curiosity and discovery of the natural world through inquiry-based teaching, hands-on lessons, animal interactions, and nature exploration. Activities will include gardening, cooking, animal care, wilderness skills, ecology, and observation of nature. Instructors will model enthusiasm for all aspects of nature and weather conditions and consistently incorporate themes of stewardship, gratitude, and wonder. Nature instructors work as part of a dynamic and collaborative team as well as teach classes independently. This position reports to the Education Director and Operations Director.

Non-exempt. Permanent. Full-time. Year-round.

Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Teaching/Education


At least 2 years experience in outdoor education or related field
A sincere passion for connecting children to nature, mentoring young people, and working with youth outside in all weather
Ability to improvise, be creative, proactive and flexible, with a strong back pocket of nature games and activities
Thrive in professional environment with minimal supervision
Ability to lead curriculum, activities, games and projects as assigned, and to follow a strict daily timetable
Ability to

Required Skills:

Teach nature classes according to the key program values and curriculum overview
Teach in our summer camp program and holiday camps
Maintain prompt and professional email communication with Ranch administration, proactively communicating any issues which may arise
Lead or assist school year nature program and summer/seasonal camp activities as designated by Education Manager and Ranch Directors
Take responsibility for the safety, education and happiness of all participants in your cl

Preferred Skills:

Early Childhood Education
Naturalist Skills
Food Education
Homesteading Skills

About Sienna Ranch

Sienna Ranch connects youth to nature through compelling outdoor experiences in order to foster a compassionate and environmentally aware future. We provide farm education and immersive nature programming to youth PreK-9th grade. Our program offerings also include woodshop, natural building, archery, horseback riding, gardening, science, pottery, survival skills, homesteading skills, naturalist skills and much more. Sienna Ranch is situated on a 21-acre family-owned ranch in Lafayette, CA.

Sienna Ranch is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and other groups traditionally underrepresented in outdoor education. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Application Instructions

Email cover letter, resume, contacts for THREE professional references, and answers to the application questions below to [email protected] Please make sure to include your name, phone number and email address. Applications will be considered as they are received in order to fill this position as quickly as possible. Application Questions: Please reflect on and respond to the following questions: How did you hear about this position? What motivates you most to work as a Nature Instructor at Sienna Ranc