Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Exploring New Horizons (ENH) empowers students, builds environmental literacy, and strengthens school communities through residential, environmental education programs. Founded as a non-profit in 1979, ENH partners with over 100 schools from Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Monterey, Placer, Yolo, Marin, Mariposa, and Calaveras counties.
Naturalists work with the same small group of 15–22 students throughout each week, taking a whole child approach to environmental education focused on social emotional learning, ecology, environmental stewardship, conservation, health, and the arts. Naturalists are responsible for the development of trail activities and curriculum, assisting with evening programs and program implementation.
Job responsibilities include:
Conduct daily discovery walks with the students.
Develop lessons that incorporate activities demonstrating basic ecological concepts, group and self esteem building and development of citizenship skills. Strategies include hands-on explorations, dramatics, nature games, and creative writing.
Monitor the implementation of Exploring New Horizons risk management and safety procedures in the field setting.
Support the development of positive group learning and team environment. Introduce team building opportunities to encourage positive communication, leadership and individual development.
Prepare and participate in a night hike and one additional evening activity. Activities include a town hall style meeting, in which students role play and debate a development issue, the ‘Barnyard Boogie,’ where naturalists play instruments and teach dances, or Skit Night, where students perform skits they have been practicing throughout the week. Each evening activity is approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length and is followed by a campfire program. Naturalists are expected to work two evenings a week.
KP: Two staff members work each meal for up to 200 people in the dining hall and facilitate pre and post-meal announcements and assembly, set-up and clean-up. A loud voice and group management skills are essential to the success of each meal.
Lights-Out: Naturalists work 1-2 lights out per week. This involves assisting counselors in getting students to bed at night and ensuring that patrols begin.
Projects: Assist program as needed by Program Director. Project weeks sometimes include: serving as a cabin counselor, working evening programs, working meals and other Monday/Friday jobs, assisting Program Coordinator in school visits, assisting Garden Coordinator, program maintenance and building curriculum for the program.
$70- 75 per day with extra pay for additional duties, and depending on experience and qualifications.