Outdoor Education Employment

The Science & Outdoor Education School at Pathfinder Ranch is a residential outdoor education program that provides safe, fun, and challenging learning experiences for 5th and 6th graders from across Southern California. Since the 1970’s, Pathfinder Ranch has become a premier outdoor school in Southern California. We are committed to providing naturalists with a meaningful, challenging, fulfilling, and fun working environment.

How to Apply


Teaching Naturalist 

Under the supervision of the Outdoor Education Director (OED) and the Outdoor Education Coordinator (OEC), 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:

  • Teaching up to two class blocks per day (3.5 hours each), and 1-3 evening programs per week
  • Facilitating 1-4 meals per week
  • Working 1-5 days (4-8 hours each day) each season (fall and spring) for the Recreation Program on weekends and/or special events
  • Welcoming and orienting students upon their arrival
  • Participating and engaging in staff meetings
  • Addressing discipline problems (students and/or adults)
  • Providing basic First Aid and CPR to students and adults
  • 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

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and/or related work experience
  • Previous working experience at another outdoor/environmental education organization, and/or instructing youth
  • General knowledge of all classes offered at Pathfinder Ranch, and a willingness to learn more about each class
  • Past experience with ropes courses, horses, farm animals, gardens, and/or nature centers are helpful
  • Passion for teaching and building strong mentoring relationships with students
  • Ability to be a beacon of positive energy in a community that lives, works, and eats together
  • Willingness to live and work in a remote setting
  • Ability to communicate effectively, and give constructive feedback to colleagues
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, high energy, and commitment to teamwork
  • Ability to work a varied shift schedule in excess of 10 hours per day
  • Must reside on camp property
  • Current Adult/Pediatric First Aid & CPR certifications (see http://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/accreditation-standards/first-aid-cpr-recognized-certifications for approved certifying organizations)
  • 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)
  • Must be able to safely lift and carry 30 lbs.
  • Ability to hike up to five miles at a time on steep and uneven terrain in a variety of weather conditions.

Program Assistant

Under the supervision of the Outdoor Education Director (OED) and Outdoor Education Coordinator (OEC), the Program Assistant (PA) provides and oversees health services for school groups, assists with program and medical policy development, and assists with other program tasks as needed. The Program Assistant (PA) helps mentor and train Program Naturalists (PNs), along with monitoring their adherence to medical policies and procedures. The major responsibilities include:

  • Provide positive public relations and serve as a spokesperson on behalf of Pathfinder Ranch
  • Serve as the medical liaison between Pathfinder Ranch and clients
  • Ensure compliance with camp policies, accreditation standards, and health and safety codes
  • Constantly evaluate and provide recommendations for the OED to revise medical policies and procedures
  • Help train and monitor other program employees to ensure adherence of medical policies and procedures
  • Participate in weekly program meetings to communicate medical-related updates
  • Create, foster and maintain a working relationship with an overseeing physician to renew medical policies and procedures in accordance with American Camps Association standards
  • Aid in creating and enforcing risk management procedures
  • Conduct monthly program area safety inspections
  • Inspect medical facilities (e.g. Health Center) and equipment (e.g. supply cabinets) for functionality and safety
  • Provide medical care to clients and Ranch employees as needed
  • Maintain accurate medical records and logs
  • Assist with program and facility-related projects (e.g. supply inventory, animal care, painting, weed removal) as needed
  • Create a medical supply budget, maintain/organize the supplies, and submit supply requests to the OED
  • Assist with emergency response procedures in case of an alarm or other emergency
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Advanced medical training certificate or license (e.g. Wilderness First Responder, Medical Assistant, EMT, RN, etc.)
  • Current First Aid/CPR/AED certifications (see http://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/accreditation-standards/first-aid-cpr-recognized-certifications for approved certifying organizations)
  • Previous experience working in and/or managing a health service center is preferred
  • Ability to work and communicate (verbal/written) politely and effectively with colleagues and clients
  • Bilingual with Spanish speaking skills is preferred
  • Self-motivated and complete tasks in a timely and accurate manner
  • Must be detail-oriented, flexible and can prioritize tasks well
  • Proficient with office equipment (e.g. copier, phones), computers, and Microsoft Office
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Must provide proof of legal ability to work in the U.S.
  • Must reside on campus
  • Must be able work in an outdoor setting under occasional harsh weather conditions (e.g. snow, heat)
  • Ability to walk/hike up to 5 miles at a time on steep and uneven terrain in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to stand and sit for prolonged periods, plus have the mobility to kneel, bend, and twist
  • Must be able to safely lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in excess of 10 hours per day