Job Posting

Teacher Naturalist

During the school year, Westminster Woods provides multiday environmental and science education in addition to character development (challenge course) programing for students primarily in grades five through eight. Our environmental programing focuses on coastal redwood ecosystems, stream ecology, marine ecology and stewardship.  Our School Programs mission is to foster the development of character, community, and science literacy in students through experiential outdoor education. 

Teacher Naturalists at Westminster Woods are dedicated individuals who are committed to environmental education and experiential learning. Westminster Woods encourages opportunities for growth and professional development and strives to create a learning community.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility listed below. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Required experience and education:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, science, environmental, multi-disciplinary studies, or a related field and/or equivalent experience.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification or willingness to obtain before employment.
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain.
  • Commitment to inclusiveness and diversity within your teaching and our community.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to continued learning and development as well as openness to feedback.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.

Desirable qualifications:

  • One to two years relevant teaching experience (preferably outdoors).
  • Experience or knowledge of inquiry-based education as well as science and natural history.
  • Prior experience working on high ropes courses.
  • Advanced degree and/or teaching credential.
  • Ability to speak and/or teach in a second language and/or experience teaching English Language Learners.
  • Current Lifeguard certification.
  • Wilderness First Aid or Responder certification.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Lead and develop hands-on, student-centered experiences in an outdoor setting.
  • Incorporate inquiry based learning, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into teaching.
  •  Facilitate interpersonal and intrapersonal development through challenge course experiences that include both teambuilding and high elements.
  • Demonstrate sound group management skills in both large and small groups.
  • Tailor programs to meet the needs of each school group by incorporating teacher requests, students’ prior knowledge, program logistics, and student interests.
  •  Manage student safety by using appropriate risk management; administer and document first aid as needed.
  •  Lead two meals and one-two evening programs per week and two-three weekend programs each season.
  •  Provide weekly, post-trip assessments of student group learning and experiences.
  • Attend meetings and trainings.
  •  Other duties as assigned.



Compensation: Hourly beginning at $10.50/hour plus overtime with opportunity for regular increases. Housing is included if desired and available. There is an increased hourly rate if housing is not required.

Training Dates: Applicants must be available for training beginning August 14th. Our season runs from August through mid-June with a 5-6 week winter break.

 To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Priority deadline is May 15th. In your cover letter please specify if housing is required and how you learned of the position.

 Westminster Woods values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities.