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 and the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education, 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 Naturalist

Under the supervision of the Outdoor Education Director (OED) and Assistant Director (ADOE), the Program Naturalist (PN) provides program instruction, program and facility-related services, and medical care for clients. The Program Assistant (PA) helps mentor and train PNs, along with monitoring their adherence to medical policies and procedures. The major responsibilities of the PN include:

  • Provide positive public relations and represent Pathfinder Ranch in a professional manner
  • Communicate pertinent updates, medical info, and client requests to the OED, ADOE and/or PA when necessary
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and provide updates when necessary
  • Assist the OED, ADOE and PA during medical training sessions
  • Facilitate 2-5 program classes (3.5 hours each) per week
  • Assist with program projects (e.g. inventory, animal care) and facility services (e.g. bathroom supplies, heating issues)
  • Be on-call to assist clients for 1-4 nights (roughly 9 hour shifts) per week, depending on staffing and program needs
  • Conduct patient assessments and provide medical care to clients based on training and the camp’s standing orders
  • Administer medications to clients based on medication orders and the camp’s standing orders
  • Complete accurate and detailed medical logs/records in a timely manner
  • Maintain health center supplies and notify the PA of issues regarding inventory (e.g. first aid supplies, OTC meds)
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment
  • Aid in creating and enforcing risk management procedures
  • Facilitate emergency response procedures in case of an alarm or other emergency
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification (see http://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/accreditation-standards/first-aid-cpr-recognized-certifications for approved certifying organizations)
  • Current Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED 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)
  • Experience working in a similar setting and/or with youth
  • Ability to work and communicate (verbal/written) politely and effectively with fellow employees
  • 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
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must provide proof of legal ability to work in the U.S.
  • Must reside on campus
  • Must be able to 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
  • Must be able to safely lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to stand and sit for prolonged periods, plus have the mobility to kneel, bend, and twist
  • Ability to work in excess of 10 hours per day