Work at WOLF!

  • Are you a person who loves the outdoors and has background & skills for teaching children?
  • Are you interested in teaching K-12th grade students about science, natural history, group building, and the environment?
  • Are you a quick learner excited to travel throughout Northern California, learning about this beautiful state’s natural history while you work? 
  • Do you love to perform, have fun, sing even if you are not the best, and teach in front of a group?
  • Does the thought of working with a passionate team of outdoor educators get you excited?!

Employment at the Web of Life Field School

Our Staff is made up of enthusiastic lifelong learners who bring a love of the outdoors and a commitment to outdoor education to all their work with students and teachers.  We spend over two weeks each year in specialized staff trainings including safety seminars, group-building, leadership, and content area knowledge for our science, history, and group building programs. Our staff act as positive role models for their students and create a safe and supportive community for the students at the WOLF School.

WOLF values inclusion and diversity.  We seek to diversify our workforce and invite applicants of all backgrounds, cultures, orientations, abilities, identities, and communities to apply. 

We accept resumes and cover letters throughout the year for the positions listed below.  We are interested in enthusiastic, organized educators and leaders. You must be a safety-oriented team player certified in First Aid and CPR.


Naturalist

Position Description: Design and teach K-12th grade residential outdoor science school groups of 15–18 students for 2–5 day programs.  Plan and teach curriculum based on 7 concepts and CA State Content Standards and Frameworks. Teaching takes place on interpretive hikes, at meals, campfires, and educational activities at any of WOLF School’s 6 campuses in Northern California.

Qualifications: Must be able to plan and implement experiential, hands-on outdoor science school curriculum.  Requires travel, reliable vehicle, teamwork, BA/BS degree, and interest in environmental education and children. First aid, CPR,  and ability to pass TB test, background check required.  Flexibility, maturity, teamwork required.  Experience working with school-aged children in community / residential / educational programs desired.  Knowledge of education, science, natural history, group building, musical, Spanish-speaking, and leadership skills desired.  

Program Director

Position Description: Coordinate staff and students, teachers and chaperones for 2–5 day programs at any of WOLF School’s seven campuses in Northern California.  Act as on-site director and coordinate with the School Director, teachers, naturalists, chaperones, and students.  Act as Health Supervisor and director on call for duration of program.  Dispense medications and provide leadership to all staff and participants during program. Participate in design, implementation, and evaluation of WOLF School curriculum as well as other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Must have BA/BS degree and minimum three years’ experience in environmental education programs and curriculum design and implementation, or equivalent experience.  Requires travel, reliable vehicle, flexibility, maturity, teamwork, and excellent organizational and communication skills.  First aid, CPR, and ability to pass TB test, background check required.  Spanish-speaking, leadership skills, musical skills desired.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Housing and meals provided during program only, not on weekends.  Dinner is provided the first day of program through lunch of the last day on last day of program.
  • We easily accommodate vegetarian diets and other diverse food needs.
  • Pay is hourly and most programs are 4 days, 3 nights long.
  • Staff primarily work outdoor science school programs, with some history and group building programs.
  • Naturalist days average about 9.5 hours.—see a typical day at WOLF School.
  • Naturalists may go home at night after students are tucked in.
  • Program Director required to be on site for duration of program.
  • Naturalists have the same group of students for the whole week and must create their own curriculum based on the program goals.
  • Substitute Naturalist and on-call positions available.

 A Note About Applying For WOLF School Positions

Although we always accept resumes and cover letters, there are not always positions available.  Hiring for the spring season begins October 1.  Fall hiring begins May 1.  In general we hire more new staff for the spring season than for the fall.  If you send us your resume at a time that there are no positions currently open, we will hold it for six months for the next available hiring session.  If you have questions, please contact us by phone.  We recommend you make an appointment to come observe our program in action if you are serious about applying and are able to.

To submit an application, email a .PDF of your RESUME AND COVER LETTER to program [at] wolfschool [dot] org or mail your resume and cover letter to:

Web of Life Field School
220 Cloister Lane
Aptos, CA 95030

Phone: (831) 338-8018
Fax: (831) 338-8020

Rules for acceptance and participation in programs at WOLF School/UCCR are the same for everyone without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, or national origin.