Summer Earth Educator
Terra Marin School

Teach outdoors in sunny California this summer with Terra Marin Schools on the California Coast

Yosemite National Park, Pacific Coast, Redwood forest, city life, endless nature and sun

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Summer Earth Educator

Terra Marin School
Mill Valley, California
$15.00 - $21.00 / hour
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 4 months. (Jun 05, 2023)

The Terra Marin School & Camp Earth Education Department is looking for bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated Earth education instructors interested in teaching positions at our school. Currently, we are seeking to fill the following positions for both Spanish and English speakers:​

  1. Educators for one week of Mid-Winter Break Camp (February 20-24, 2023)
  2. Educators for one week of Spring Break Camp (April 10-14, 2023) 
  3. Summer season June 5th - August 11th | Educators will join us for one week of training at the beginning of our season and then teach nine weeks of Earth Discovery Camp.

Dates necessary for success

  • June 5th-9th, All-staff training: focuses on safety, outdoor activity planning, time management, and team building
  • June 12th-16th, Language camp training: detailed training focused on language immersion and curriculum planning.
  • June 19th-August 11, Summer camp: teaching Monday-Friday 9:00AM- 4:00PM

Our Mission

To teach youth about the wonders from under our feet and beauty in the sky above.  To connect topics through critical thinking and problem solving. To shape the next generation to believe in kindness, love, empty, respect, and gratitude. To push the world into a better future. Join our team to make a difference in the lives around you. Join our team to better yourself and the planet. 

Teaching locations

Earth Educators will facilitate lessons in several different outdoor locations throughout the camp season which include, but are not be limited to:

  • Marin County: Rock Springs, Alice Eastwood, Stinson Beach, Phoenix Lake, McNears Beach, Lake Lagunitas, Muir Woods, China Camp, Roy's Redwoods, Rodeo Beach
  • San Francisco: Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Glen Canyon Park, Crissy Field, and Bakers Beach

Necessary capabilities for success

  • Experience mentoring youth in nature
  • B.A., B.S. (or equivalent experience) in Environmental Science or related fields 
  • Experience with nature-connection mentoring skills such as Art of Mentoring, Coyote's Guide, Kamana Naturalist Training Program or similar place-based nature connection mentoring programs preferred
  • Knowledge and skills with hands-on wildcrafting or survival skills, tracking, mapping, hazards of the region, bird language, local flora and fauna identification, geology, or biology is desired
  • Exercise good communication skills with parents and youth
  • Excellent organizational skills and professionalism
  • Strong group management 
  • First Aid/CPR certified (Terra Marin can provide assistance in earning these certifications if needed)

Essential duties and responsibilities:


  • Instruct/teach/present Earth Education skills, games, and activities and help engage the students in a meaningful connection to nature
  • Create, implement and oversee instruction for youth nature programs
  • Lead youth on mild to strenuous hikes and activities
  • Mentor assistant instructors and counselors in training during programs and planning
  • Help resolve conflicts that might arise between students or ask for assistance from your supervisor(s) if the level of conflict feels beyond the skill level of yourself and/or the other Earth Educators 


  • Work with additional instructors to plan and implement programs 
  • Develop weekly lesson plans in cooperation with other staff for outdoor activities
  • Assist with organization, planning, and pre/post camping trip duties (packing, clean-up, etc.)
  • Utilize your own and your cohort's planning hours to whatever extent necessary in preparation for the following class day, such as for planning calls or materials runs


  • Arrive punctually at 8:30 am and stay until 4:00 pm every day (some exceptions may apply.) Please contact your supervisor to make arrangements for early departure/late arrival or days off.
  • Communicate with parents (email, phone calls, in-person, before/after programs) weekly
  • Communicate with and greet parents during drop off and pick up to pass along any essential student-related information, such as informing them that their child went through poison oak and should follow up with a poison oak wash.
  • Conduct any necessary pre or post-program parent and/or staff communication (i.e., an email sent to parents in preparation for a beach day)
  • Create weekly written summaries and take pictures of daily activities to share with Camp Directors for parent newsletters
  • Model engagement as often as possible and minimize conversations and behavior that would take students out of the element (i.e., cell phone use or talking to coworkers about mortgage issues)
  • Communicate clearly and efficiently with your cohorts and/or supervisors any personal needs that might prevent you from showing up fully (i.e., if your cat died the morning of the program and you might need periodic alone time throughout the day)

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