Outdoor Education Instructor
Community Nature Connection

Join Our Outdoor Education Team

In the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California.


Outdoor Education Instructor

Community Nature Connection
Calabasas, California
$350.00 / week
Some experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in 2 months (Feb 07, 2018)

Community Nature Connection is a non-profit organization founded in 1991. Our mission is to increase access to the outdoors for diverse communities with innovative programs and in partnership with the communities we serve.

The CNC Residential Outdoor Education Program provides a safe, challenging, fun, and dynamic experience for students in grades 5-7. The goal of the program is to create a deep nature connection between students and their “Big Backyard” of local parks.


Job Description

Outdoor Educators will use established curriculum, based on NGSS and the California State Science Standards, to personalize their classes for lesson groups of 15-20 students and two high school counselors. Instructors will typically teach 2-3 lessons each day (morning lesson, afternoon lesson, and night program). The average day runs from 8:00am until 10:00pm. Program topics include Adaptations, Outdoor Skills, Native American Life and Culture, Teambuilding, Astronomy, Night Hikes, and an all day hike in a local state park. Traditional camp activities include campfires, songs, and group games. Instructors will also be responsible for:

  • Leading groups of students in hikes, lessons, and group activities.
  • Ensuring the safety of the students through the application of effective risk management techniques and providing basic medical care while on the trail.
  • Actively participating in the success of the program, including setup and take down of activities, attending weekly staff meetings, and resupplying program items.
  • Assisting with student orientation, arrival and departure, and schedule changes.
  • Leading large group activities and meals 1-2 times per week.
  • Creating and customizing outdoor education lessons.
  • Mentoring high school students acting as counselors with each lesson group.
  • Maintaining accurate records of incidents, injuries, and group behavior.
  • Possible emergency coverage, as needed, for overnight adult supervision on a floor of the dormitory building where students and counselors reside for the week.
  • Maintaining positive open communication with other Outdoor Educators, Camp Director, and school staff when appropriate.
  • Assisting with the maintenance and upkeep of program areas.
  • Completing projects assigned by the Camp Director.


Required Qualifications

  • BA or BS, or at least 2 years experience in a related field.
  • Previous experience as an educator or facilitator in summer camp, youth development, or non-formal education programming.
  • Group management skills for leading a trail group for one week.
  • Knowledge of and ability to communicate ecological, recreational, and conservation concepts to youth in engaging and interactive ways.
  • Flexibility, high energy, self-motivation, and a commitment to teamwork.
  • Ability to be a positive member of a community that will live and work together.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience as an educator or facilitator in a residential outdoor education setting.
  • Experience working with youth in grades 5-7.
  • Ability to prepare lesson plans and outlines for outdoor education activities.
  • Experience leading or facilitating groups in teambuilding activities.
  • Passion for teaching and developing positive relationships with students.
  • Knowledge of the local flora and fauna of the Santa Monica Mountains.


Work Requirements

  • Dates of employment are February 7 – May 26, 2018. End date may be negotiable for the right candidate. There will be eight unpaid days off throughout the season. Work week runs Mon-Fri, with the exception of two mandatory Saturdays on February 10 and May 26.
  • Work is accomplished in both indoor and outdoor settings, and includes standing, walking, and hiking, for extended periods of time.
  • Must be physically fit, including the ability to hike for up to 10 miles, lift 50 pounds, and required to pass a physical examination that includes a drug test.
  • A current First Aid and CPR certification is required.
  • 1-2 weeks of Health Office coverage handling injuries, medications, student concerns and questions, parent and teacher communications, and other program-related needs.
  • Submit fingerprints to the Department of Justice via Live Scan.
  • Have a record clean of violent or serious felonies as defined in California Penal Code Sections 667.5 and subdivision (c) 1192.7.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.


Compensation and Benefits

  • $350-$425 per week. Rate dependent upon experience and certifications - Lifeguard, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, Certified Interpretive Guide, California Naturalist, etc.
  • Full time housing provided (Co-ed shared housing, kitchen, and on-site laundry facilities) in a beautiful park setting in the Santa Monica Mountains.
  • Meals provided Mon-Fri when camp is in session.
  • Access to extensive trails, camping, beaches, and all the wonders that Southern California has to offer.
  • 2 week in-depth training and continued professional development.
  • CPR and First Aid training available at no cost for CNC employees.
  • NAI Certified Interpretive Guide training may be available at reduced cost for CNC employees.
  • Additional weekend work may be available throughout the season for those with a Class B driver's license.
  • Additional work following the outdoor education season may be available for those residing in the Los Angeles area.


How to Apply

A complete application will include a letter of interest, resume, and a list of three professional references. Email the required documents in PDF format to Andrew D. Haka, Camp Director, at andrew@communitynatureconnection.org. Applications accepted until all positions are filled.