May 09, 2022

Outdoor Science Education Instructor

$600 - $750 weekly
  • High Trails Outdoor Science School
  • Big Bear, CA, USA
Full-Time Education/Training

Job Description

Join a fantastic community of young and energetic educators at a residential outdoor education center as we work to open the eyes of city-based kids to the wonders and beauty of nature! Contracts from mid-September 2022 to late May 2023.


  • Work in the mountains of Southern California teaching elementary students!
  • Two shifts are available, with instructors moving regularly back and forth between them.
  • Field Instructors take students on hikes during the day and teach about ecology and teamwork.
  • Cabin Instructors supervise students overnight and sleep in cabins in the forest.
  • The schedule is a traditional school year, school week, with weekends and school holidays off.
  • Continuing education to help you become a better teacher.

See here for the full job description and duties.

Check out our website for more about our program, our impact, and more about the community of staff!

Hiring Organization

High Trails Outdoor Science School


  • BA/BS in outdoor/environmental education, environmental science, science degree, related field, or relevant experience.
  • Valid certification in First Aid and CPR. (Must provide on the first day of employment.) NOTE: Your First Aid and CPR certification must include, at minimum, 50% of course time to include in-person instruction, hands-on practice, and skills assessment under the direct supervision of a certified instructor. This means that part of your course readings may be done online, but any practical testing must be done in person. CPR must be for infant, child, and adult, and your CPR card must meet or exceed the current “AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.”
  • Valid driver’s license or state ID and social security card, or United States Passport.
  • Valid California Food Handler’s Permit; training and testing will be provided during initial staff training.
  • COVID19 vaccinated.
  • Positive role model for minors.
  • Documented experience and ability to teach an outdoor science school curriculum to school children.
  • Desire to live and work in a camp community.
  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision from and to work with others.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • An Instructor should show evidence of the following characteristics: flexibility, positive outlook, creativity, concern for student and staff safety, good interpersonal skills, a willing attitude, adaptability, decision making skills, maturity, integrity, and approachability.
  • An instructor shall be in good physical health that allows the performance of any of the following possible duties: hiking over rough terrain for up to 5 miles, carrying 25 lbs of equipment in a bag or backpack, performing emergency first aid and rescue skills outdoors in inclement weather, in various rough terrain, near or in water, and around the camp property, ability to drive maintenance or emergency vehicles, and stair climbing.
  • Specialized positions require the physical ability to lift and move 50 pounds of weight regularly.
  • Instructors must be able to see and hear. Vision and hearing are required to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to an activity, and in daily activities and programs. Vision, which may be corrected, and hearing, which must be in a normal rage as measured by a standard audiogram, must be good enough to see and hear children and adults in life and/or health safety endangering situations, in both daytime and nightime conditions. Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus). Hearing requirements include the ability to properly use a two way radio and telephone while around groups of people to communicate with program personnel.

Industry/Service Area

Education, Environment, Science/Technology




Adding everything together, the value of the first-year instructor wage package is calculated at $151 per workday.

This includes daily wage, housing, food, and health insurance.

Additionally paid training, pro deals, and clear paths to Level Up and earn more money.

See here for the breakdown of pay and benefits.

Application Instructions

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