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Apprentice Naturalist - Sky Mountain Outdoor Education Center

  • March 15, 2023 7:15 PM
    Message # 13133319

    Apprentice Naturalist - Sky Mountain Outdoor Education Center

    About Sky Mountain Outdoor Education Center:

    During the school year, we are a residential outdoor science camp supporting 5th/6th grade students from San Joaquin County. We create life changing experiences in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Here, our classrooms are the forests, the waters edge, and the inside of a snowbank. Via this one of a kind classroom, our passionate naturalists facilitate hands-on, student centered, inquiry based learning as we deliver curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the CA Environmental Principles and Concepts and informed by Social Emotional Learning Practices.  We also work with high school students who serve as cabin leaders while schools are here.

    During summers and weekends, we provide support for private guest groups and various summer programs.

    What we are looking for:

    Seeking driven individuals who want to help develop a new Outdoor Education residential science camp program for 5th/6th grade students from San Joaquin County.  Applicants should love the climate of the Sierra Nevada, from heat to snow. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to live and work in community together and serve as role models and leaders for youth as they learn about themselves and their world.  

    Position summary:

    Naturalist Apprentices will be guided by Site Administrators and Senior Naturalists. Apprentices will teach classes, lead team building activities, and provide energy to the outdoor experience.  

    In this position, Apprentice Naturalists will also assist in developing class programs, developing curriculum and exercise supervision over classes, and special programs. Our staff of Naturalists will be teaching environmental and science concepts while guiding students through a new and unique environment. 

    Must be 18 years or older.


    $18/hour.  Shared dorm-style housing included and meals during programming.  

    Minimum requirements to apply:

    Possess a Bachelor’s Degree with a science/environmental or teaching/education related work background or any equivalent combination of education, training, or experience. Possess a valid Food Handlers certification or commit to obtaining in the first month of hire date. Possess a valid Wilderness First Aid certification or be able to obtain through SJCOE provided training.

    About Us:

    San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) is committed to Outdoor Education and Environmental Literacy.  Our goal is to connect people of all ages to the wonder and science of the natural world, provide an experience for self-discovery, and inspire a lifelong stewardship of our planet.  Since 1957, SJCOE has been providing outdoor education programs.  We believe in the benefits of taking youth outside in which their minds are naturally curious and inquisitive. 

    Where we are located:

    45700 Six Mile Valley Rd, Emigrant Gap CA 95715

    We are located on Lake Valley Reservoir, in Emigrant Gap, CA.  The site sits on 62 acres of land in a conifer forest surrounded by neighboring land from CAL FIRE, USDF and PG&E.  

    We are 30 minutes West of Truckee, and 60 minutes North East of Sacramento. 

    How to Apply:

    For more information, contact Sky Mountain Administrators, and or call 209-687-3223.  Applications must be submitted through See full job description on edjoin.

    Last modified: March 15, 2023 7:17 PM | Anonymous member


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