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Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Exploring New Horizons

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Loma Mar, CA


Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools (ENH) runs residential environmental education programs at our Loma Mar and Pigeon Point sites near Pescadero, CA. 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 80 schools from Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Monterey, and other Northern California counties. The Loma Mar program consists of 4 and 5 day programs for 150 - 200 5th and 6th grade students and utilizes high school students as cabin leaders.

As a Naturalist at ENH you will work with an incredible diversity of students from across northern California. You will build your knowledge of the coast's diverse ecosystems and how to teach students about them in an accessible and engaging way. You will also work with the ENH at Loma Mar staff, high school leaders, and participating classroom teachers to build a great ENH community for all our students.

ENH encourages a “speak up” environment at all levels and encourages staff to communicate with ENH leadership and participate on projects and committees with the ENH Board. Many of our staff stay on year after year becoming an integral part of the ENH community.

Naturalists work with the same small group of 15–23 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.

Day hikes:
• Conduct daily discovery walks with the students. The Introductory Walk is 2 to 2-1/2 hours and is focused upon introducing students to basic information and procedures. On subsequent days, the discovery hikes range from 5 to 6 hours in length, and focus upon curricular activities in one of three natural communities each day: Redwood Forest, Oak Woodland, and Pacific Coast. On the last day of the week, a Closing Walk of approximately 30 minutes to one hour is conducted to conclude the week for each trail group.

• 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 ENH 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.

Evening Programs:
• Prepare and participate in a night hike each week (from 7:15-8:30, as well as a ½ hour campfire), 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.
Rotational & Miscellaneous Duties (conduct the following duties once or twice each 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 cabin leaders in getting students to bed at night and ensuring that patrols begin.
• Cabin Leader Coordinator: The CC is responsible for cabin leaders during off times and evenings. The CC helps to train the cabin leaders on the first day, meets with them throughout the week and communicates with the rest of the staff about their status.

Cabin leaders & Parent chaperones:
• Provide support and feedback throughout the week for the high school cabin leaders.

• Complete a written evaluation for the high school cabin leaders that assist their trail groups for the week.

• Prior experience working with school aged students
• A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education, Environmental Science, Biology or equivalent experience
• Able to work a flexible schedule, evenings included
• Ability to move through a variety of terrains, including flat, rocky and mountainous terrain
• Capability to work in a variety of temperature and weather conditions
• Ability to see and respond to written, auditory and verbal instruction
• Practice non-violent communication skills (positive tone, kind and professional attitude)
• Housing provided, all naturalists must live on site during program weeks
• Possess a valid driver's license and clean driving record
• All staff must possess a current Standard First Aid and CPR certificate prior to employment
• Wilderness First Responder or WFR is encouraged
• All Naturalist must be TB tested before employment

We especially encourage applicants of different backgrounds, cultures, genders, experiences, abilities and perspectives to apply as we are actively working to increase the diversity of experience and perspectives on our team. ENH is aware that no one comes with the entire complement of skills, so please don’t let a lack of experience/skill in one specific area deter you from applying.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to:

For more information please visit our website

Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

Compensation Information:

Salary: $89/day
Benefits: Room and board from start date through the school year
Hours: Full time during program weeks (August 31, 2020 - June 4, 2021)

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