Job Opportunity: Outdoor School Naturalist – Camp SEA Lab (Application Deadline: 10/23/15)

Camp SEA Lab LogoOutdoor School Naturalist
Camp SEA Lab
Seaside, California

APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED, apply by October 23, 2015 to be guaranteed a review. 6 positions available until filled.

PROGRAM SUMMARY: Camp SEA Lab’s mission is to foster lifelong excitement, scientific understanding, and stewardship of our coasts and ocean. The exceptional environment of the Monterey Bay region, and a host of exemplary marine science and education institutions make it a perfect setting for a youth program focused on ocean and coastal resources.

Camp SEA Lab Outdoor School programs are designed for students, grades 5th-8th, from culturally diverse backgrounds, are delivered in a multi-day format as residential or single day experiences (visit for more information). All Camp SEA Lab staff is engaged in the development and implementation of a safe, educational, and inspiring program in marine science.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Camp SEA Lab Naturalists will work closely with supervisory staff on a variety of tasks related to the implementation of the Camp SEA Lab vision and programs, while maintaining the safety and well being of participants. The following is a list of tasks required to carry out job functions:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with the marine environments along the central coast.
  • Ability to understand and implement program safety regulations.
  • Demonstrate creativity in programmatic planning and work assignments.
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic team setting, demonstrating sensitivity to diversity and multiple working styles.
  • Maintain positive relationships with Camp SEA Lab partners and other community stakeholders.
  • Deliver marine science curriculum to groups of up to 16 students, and lead large group activities in non-competitive games.
  • Provide constant supervision of students’ participation in structured and unstructured activities.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of students.
  • Appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior management techniques.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience

  • Education equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a science-related field.
  • Previous experience working with youth in an informal education setting; could include camp, classroom, or other environments.
  • Knowledge of marine science and environments of the central California Coast.
  • Ability to work with diverse and multicultural populations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the Camp SEA Lab and CSU Monterey Bay Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles.

Expected dates of position: January 25 – May 25, 2016.  Possible extention to August 12, 2016.

Work schedule: Day program hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Residential program hours are from 8:00 am on the first day through 4:00 pm on the last day. Spring session usually runs Monday – Wednesday, with some exceptions on Thursdays and Fridays. Naturalists must be available during all program hours and are required to stay overnight during residential programs.

Housing: Camp SEA Lab will provide room and board during residential programs only (located in Aptos, CA). Candidate must provide own housing during day programs and staff training (located in Monterey,CA).

Check out website ( for full details of position.

No phone calls please, but email questions accepted:


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