Website Ventana Wildlife Society

Position Overview:

The ideal candidate is familiar with the historically marginalized communities of Monterey County through lived experience; is bilingual English/Spanish; has a variety of experience working with participants, especially youth; is passionate about providing meaningful outdoor experiences; and is available 16 hours /week minimum. We are seeking instructors for the following programs over the summer months:

Discovery Camp Instructor – Natural Science Discovery Camps are week-long day camps with one overnight campout serving youth ages 8-12. Long hours and overnights required as well as a California commercial license (assistance available). Work schedule is Mon – Fri. Each week the youth camp spends Thursday night camping out. We will also run Single Day Adventures for ages 8 and up on July 5th, 6th, and 7th. Programs are based out of our Monterey office. Expect a 55-60 hour week.

Wee Ones in the Woods Instructor – Wee Ones in the Woods is a three-hour program (two offered each day) serving ages 4-7. Most programs take place in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside and Marina however there are some weeks when the programs will move to farther locations such as Carmel Valley or Greenfield. Work schedule is Mon. – Fri. Expect a 45 hour work week. 

Job Duties:

include, but not limited to:
Lead and co-lead a flexible schedule of educational activities and lessons for youth in outdoor settings
Strive to make sure students are enjoying their time and gaining meaningful outdoor experiences
Ensure participant safety, well-being and comfort
Communicate and coordinate with parents, vendors and partners on-site
Participate in conflict resolution and discipline through positive behavioral management
Clean, organize and transport supplies, facilitate program set up and breakdown, and transportation logistics
Be familiar with VWS Emergency Action Plan. Willing and able to administer Adult/Child/Infant First Aid & CPR
Support vendor staff at various locations in working with participants (kayak shop, whale watch, etc.)
Submit program reports and attendance regularly, as well as incident reports and payroll in a timely fashion
Assist with data entry and evaluation of program


Passionate about sharing nature with others
Maintain a satisfactory background check (State and Federal).
Four or more years driving experience, valid CA driver’s license and clean DMV record.
Commercial license may be required for some positions. Assistance provided.
Certified in Adult/Child/Infant First Aid & CPR. Assistance may be provided.
Available for the assignment duration and all program hours.
Reliable transportation to/from our office and program locations.
Experience working with children in an educational outdoor setting.
Interact effectively with diverse cultural, ethnic and age groups.
Have an understanding of local natural history and ecology, and be familiar with current environmental topics.
Able to work well as part of a cohesive teaching team – interact in a positive manner with coworkers, participants, parents, vendors, and the general public.
Able to work outdoors in varying weather conditions (including tasks such as hiking up to 3 miles on non-ADA trails, kayaking up to 3 hours, spending up to 4 hours on an ocean vessel, and lifting up to 50lbs safely).
Additional preferred skill sets:Bilingual English and Spanish.
Previous work in cultural relevancy, equity in outdoor education, climate literacy.

Working Conditions:

Programs are decentralized and take place outdoors, year-round, at various locations and in all weather. Participant transportation is a large and integral part of our programming.

Compensation:  $18/hour ($19 if bilingual Spanish/English)

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