Note: There are currently multiple Naturalist positions available at the Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School at Wrightwood and Colby Ranch for the 2019-2020 school year.

Job Description

Los Angeles County Office of Education
Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School


  • Are you passionate about science?

  • Do you like working with kids?

  • Do you enjoy working outside?

If you answered "Yes" to those questions, this may be the perfect position for you. It is ideally suited for people with a good science background who have already been working in outdoor education. LACOSS is currently hiring full-time science teachers / Naturalists for next school year. LACOSS is a residential, outdoor, science field study, education program that emphasizes hands-on, inquiry-based, experiential learning. Content includes a variety of ecosystem science concepts. The Outdoor Science School operates at two gorgeous locations: in the mountains, and on the coast, near Los Angeles, California.


Teach science to fifth and sixth grade students, using experiential, hands-on teaching techniques in the outdoors. The curriculum includes science concepts such as wildlife habitat, plant adaptation, ecosystem comparison, basic astronomy, geology, soils, human ecology, science process skills, etc. Naturalists will also lead evening programs, provide occasional student supervision, and train and supervise volunteer cabin leaders. Other duties common to residential outdoor education programs may be assigned as needed. All duties are scheduled to be completed within a 40-hour work week.


BA/BS in life science, natural resources (interpretation or education), environmental science, relevant physical science (geology, astronomy, etc.) or other comparable fields. Course work should include several life and earth science courses, and some field experience. Previous outdoor teaching experience required. First Aid/CPR certification (WFA preferred) is required. Must be physically able to lead teaching hikes in a semi-wilderness setting. Must be able to deal patiently and constructively with children and teens. Good personal and group communication skills. Ability to sing and/or play a musical instrument is desired, but not required. Willing to work irregular hours.


Late September 2018 to early June 2019


Compensation includes a starting salary of approximately $22,040 per year, ($590 per week), increasing to approximately $28,025 in subsequent years. Medical, dental, vision benefits are provided. Compensation includes paid training and professional development days and approximately twenty paid vacation days. Room and board provided.


Open until filled.