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Pathfinder Ranch

Mountain Center, CA

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Under the supervision of the Outdoor Education Director and Coordinators, the Teaching Naturalist uses established curriculum and the California State Content Standards for instructing a variety of academic subjects and recreation activities. The major responsibilities of this position include the following but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating up to two class blocks per day (3.5 hours each), 1-3 evening programs per week, and 1-4 meals per week
  • Working 1-5 days (4-8 hours each day) each season (fall and spring) for retreats and special events
  • Welcoming and orienting students upon their arrival
  • Participating and engaging in staff meetings
  • Communicating behavior issues with school faculty and occasionally providing behavior management to clients
  • Providing basic First Aid and CPR to clients
  • Welcoming and orienting students upon their arrival
  • Participating and engaging in staff meetings
  • Communicating behavior issues with school faculty and occasionally providing behavior management to clients
  • Providing basic First Aid and CPR to clients
  • Assisting in curriculum development and implementation
  • Maintaining class and activity supplies
  • Assisting in overall program operations, including animal and garden care
  • Keeping up-to-date and engaged with new teaching pedagogies and practices
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and/or related work experience
  • Current Adult/Pediatric First Aid & CPR/AED certifications (at least 50% of the course must be in-person with a practical skills session)
  • General knowledge of all classes offered at Pathfinder Ranch and a willingness to learn more about each class
  • Understanding of and ability to communicate ecological, recreational, and conservation concepts to 5th and 6th grade students of varying social and cultural backgrounds
  • Passion for teaching and building strong mentoring relationships with students
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and provide high quality customer service to clients
  • Ability to be a beacon of positive energy in a community that lives, works, and eats together
  • Must be detail-oriented, flexible, self-motivated, organized, and have good time management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite and office equipment usage
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must provide proof of legal ability to work in the U.S.
  • Must reside on campus
  • Past experience with ropes courses, horses, farm animals, reptiles and/or gardens is preferred
  • Current Lifeguard or Watercraft Guard certification is preferred (see P.A. Watercraft Guard section on http://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/accreditation-standards/aquatic-recognized-certifications for approved certifications and certifying organizations)

Physical Requirements
Sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and outdoor setting and to work in excess of 10 hours per day; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull up to 30 pounds of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine
coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to navigate at least 5 miles over a variety of terrain in a variety of weather conditions.

Organization Details

Pathfinder Ranch 35510 Pathfinder Road Mountain Center, CA 92561 United States Website

How to Apply

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to oedirector@pathfinderranch.com