Residential Outdoor Science Instructor
Sierra Nevada Journeys

Redefine the classroom - deliver innovative outdoor science classes and challenge course leadership!

Nestled in the heart of the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range sits the quiet railroad town of Portola, CA


Residential Outdoor Science Instructor

Sierra Nevada Journeys
Portola, California
Some experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in 2 months (Feb 22, 2018)

During the summer season, Sierra Nevada Journeys delivers both residential summer camp programs and community programs for special needs and leadership development. Sierra Nevada Journeys’ traditional, week-long summer camp programs are facilitated with an educational and experiential focus for our resident campers. Instructors supervise the campers overnight, as well as facilitate activities such as the challenge course, archery, swimming, kayaking, campfires, and skits. For leadership development groups, instructors will use Sierra Nevada Journeys’ challenge course to facilitate leadership experiences and develop collaborative problem-solving skills. Instructors also assist our special needs organizations by adapting traditional camp activities to provide an enriching experience for their campers. Many of our community partners also bring participants to campus on the weekends in the fall and spring and instructors work with them to meet their program goals.

Instructors will be directly responsible for ensuring that attending schools’ and campers’ educational outcomes are met. Instructors are supervised by the Program Manager. Join a staff that is committed to constantly improving our outstanding outdoor education programs and creating an excellent experience for kids!

This is a seasonal position with varying roles and responsibilities.

During the fall and spring seasons, instructors’ primary responsibility is delivering residential, one- to five- day Outdoor Science educational programs primarily serving 5th and 6th grades from regional elementary and middle schools. All of our lessons are hands-on science and collaborative problem solving-based with a focus on critical thinking, exploration, and environmental stewardship.

Instructors are responsible for leading and educating a group of 12 – 15 students throughout their program, including facilitating large group activities, leading meals, and working evening programs. All lessons are written according to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and we train our staff using the University of California at Berkeley’s BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) teaching techniques and pedagogy.

How to Apply

See our website for more details on the job description and required qualifications: A resume and cover letter will be required. 

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