Do you love kids and the outdoors? Do you have a passion for learning about and protecting our spectacular Tahoe Sierra? Teach local ecology and activities to develop a sense of community and connection to the natural world on the shore of Lake Tahoe at Camp Galilee and other local sites. Present a hands-on, experiential, inquiry-based program in earth sciences, astronomy, and water, wildlife and forest ecology. Integrate other subject areas, community-building challenges, service learning projects, and commitment to stewardship and protection of the environment. Take students snowshoeing while teaching them winter ecology. Enjoy panoramic view of Tahoe from staff lodging. Programs include 2-day and 3-day overnight science camps on the shore of Tahoe and day programs at Galena Creek and Spooner Lake. Most students are fifth and sixth graders divided into trail groups of about 12. Earn $120 per day for full days and $80 for day trips. Must pass background check for working with children.
Areas of Responsibility
•Plan and present a hands-on, experiential, inquiry-based program in earth sciences, astronomy, and water, wildlife and forest ecology, based on GBOS curriculum and state and national educational standards. Integrate other subject areas, group process and individual growth, and commitment to responsible use and protection of the environment.
•Ensure and maintain appropriate student behavior by stating clear expectations and consequences, in accordance with GBOS discipline policies.
•Coordinate and participate in whole group activities, such as ShareRing, songs and skits, meals, and opening/closing circles.
•Ensure the health, welfare, and safety of students, classroom teachers, cabin leaders, and staff.
•Respond appropriately in a crisis and problem-solve under pressure.
•Work and communicate effectively as a team member with naturalists, teachers, cabin leaders and students to enhance the program and to empower students and cabin leaders.
•The naturalist may also serve, on a rotating basis, as a cabin leader supervisor or program assistant.
Naturalists are exempt, at-will employees of GBOS, and are supervised by the Program Director. GBOS reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.
Naturalists are paid $120 per day for overnight programs, and $80 per day for day programs. GBOS provides room and board to naturalists during the program week, and requires staff to live on-site. GBOS does not provide room and board during off program days. Limited weekend housing may occasionally be available but cannot be guaranteed. Current program dates run from January 7 to March 1, but are subject to change.
Naturalists are hired conditionally, pending fingerprint and background check, a TB test clearance, verification of employment eligibility (I-9 form) and documentation of current first aid and CPR certification. Fingerprinting for background check will be reimbursed with the first paycheck if receipt is provided; medical examination and first aid and CPR training will not be reimbursed.
GBOS is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage application by qualified people who reflect the cultural and social diversity of the students we serve.
• Possess a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the life sciences or education.
• One year of experience teaching environmental education or natural history preferred.
• One year of experience working directly with children in an educational setting.
• Hold current CPR and First Aid certificate, pass a TB test and background check.
• Enthusiasm, flexibility, and sense of humor are a must!
•Ability to use program equipment.
•Ability to communicate orally with and provide necessary instructions to clients.
•Ability to traverse uneven and difficult terrain.
•Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds.
To apply: email your resume, references, and a cover letter to Elise Traywick at firstname.lastname@example.org