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

Naturalist

  • Are you passionate about science?

  • Do you like working with kids?

  • Do you enjoy working outside?

The Outdoor Science School Naturalist position is ideally suited for people with a good science background who already have worked in outdoor education. The Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School is currently hiring full-time naturalists for the school year. We are a residential outdoor education program serving Southern California students, and specializing in hands-on learning of ecosystem science concepts. The Outdoor Science School operates at two gorgeous locations in the mountains north of Los Angeles, California. 

DUTIES

Teach science to 5th and 6th grade students, using phenomena-based, hands-on teaching techniques in the outdoors. The curriculum includes NGSS science concepts such as, ecosystems, basic astronomy, geology & soils, human ecology, science practices, 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 are assigned as needed. All duties are scheduled within a 40-hour work week.

QUALIFICATIONS

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. Must be physically able to lead teaching hikes in a semi-wilderness setting. 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. 

EMPLOYMENT PERIOD

Mid-October through mid-May with some flexibility. Please inquire for details.

COMPENSATION

Starting compensation of $769/week, increasing to $966/week in subsequent years. Housing provided. Medical, dental, and vision benefits included. 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS

Open until filled.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL: 562-922-6330

VISIT THIS WEB SITE FOR DETAILS AND APPLICATION INFORMATION: www.OutdoorScienceSchool.org