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Outdoor experiential learning to inspire and equip students


– Some teaching/facilitating experience is helpful, but not necessary.

– Instructing/counseling at summer camp would count, or helping out with an after school program.

– Initiative, curiosity, commitment, value of community, and a value of environmental stewardship.

– Experience birding is not required, but is helpful. We can teach you if you are just excited to learn!


– Work collaboratively with a small team of outdoor educators to visit middle school and some 5th grade classrooms throughout Salinas, Watsonville, Seaside, and Santa Cruz to take students birding in their schoolyard.

– Receive birdwatching mentorship from BSP staff and advanced training in outdoor field science instruction.

– Build skills in group facilitation

– Be a part of a naturalist community in the Monterey Bay


– Available at least one school day each week ( Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday) (8 am – 4 pm).

– Available for 1 week of paid training

– Available for the beginning of the semester team dinner and the end of the semester team wrap-up dinner.

– Good communication with supervisors via email and phone.

– After you are trained up and have a chance to shadow a class, you will be responsible for leading small groups of no more than 15 students on schoolyard bird walks.

– Responsible for timeliness, showing up early and finishing tasks.

– Responsible for keeping binoculars, natural history museum loans, and birding field guides organized.

Minimum 10 hours a week, $16/hour

Tagged as: birding, education, environmental education, instructor, leadership, life science lessons, monterey, outdoor education, salinas

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