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Resident Naturalist - Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy

  • June 13, 2022 9:02 AM
    Message # 12815047

    The Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy is a youth science education program based at Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island and operated by the Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards through overnight science programs and Educational Outreach Partnerships. Our students come from public, private, charter, and homeschool organizations. We serve students in grades 5th through 12th every Spring and Fall.

    Job Information:

    • This is a seasonal position.
    • Spring season is approximately August 21 – November 12, 2022.
    • 30 – 40 hours per week.
    • Naturalists must reside on-site at Camp Emerald Bay in staff housing. Room and board is provided subject to weekly deductions.
    • Naturalists are employed by the Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America.


    • Provide exceptional customer service to all student and adult chaperone program participants.
    • Teach courses for students attending 3, 4, or 5-day overnight outdoor education programs. Instruction includes course and material setup, managing group dynamics, being knowledgeable in content and lesson plans, and managing group safety.
    • Course subjects include marine sciences, earth sciences, labs, and activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, team building, leadership, archery, and stand-up paddle boarding.
    • Clean and maintain equipment and course materials.
    • Complete lifeguard training (provided for Naturalists who are not already certified) if physically able.
    • Lifeguard for Outdoor Academy and other Emerald Bay programs.
    • Assist with the general cleanup of camp.
    • Other duties as assigned in camp may include work projects, providing staff assistance for non-Academy groups such as YMCA weekend groups.


    • First and last boat ticket to and from Catalina Island are provided.
    • Hourly salary is $17 per hour.
    • Residential accommodations and serviced meals subject to a salary deduction.
    • Access to world class waterfront.
    • Use of facilities and recreational equipment during off hours.
    • Training opportunities include American Red Cross with CPR/First Aid/Waterfront component  and Catalina Naturalist.


    • College degree preferred in environmental or marine sciences, recreation, or related field.
    • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certified preferred (training provided if not certified)
    • Previous experience working with youth in an outdoor or STEM setting.
    • Flexibility as job demands can change quickly.
    • Ability to work long, physically demanding days which include a variety of land and water based activities.
    • Self-starter, able to work independently and in a group.
    • Desire to learn and grow professionally and contribute to a growing program.
    • Ability to pass background check. 

    To Apply:


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