Our staff is made up of enthusiastic lifelong learners who bring a love of the outdoors and a commitment to outdoor education to WOLF School’s 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 team building programs in order to best prepare and support our staff in their valuable roles as educators. Our staff act as positive role models for their students and create a safe and supportive community for the students at the WOLF School. If this environment and the traits below sound like you, we encourage you to apply to join our team!


Work at WOLF School


Are you a person who loves the outdoors and loves to inspire that passion in others?


Are you a quick learner with a background and skills for teaching children?


Do you love to perform, have fun, sing even if you are not the best, and teach in front of a group?


Are you interested in teaching K-12th grade students about science, natural history, group building, and the environment?

Are you excited to travel throughout California, learning about this beautiful state’s natural history while you work?


Does the thought of working with a passionate team of outdoor educators get you excited?!

WOLF School Naturalist Leads California Outdoor Science School Trail Hike



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

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 teaching children. First aid, CPR, and ability to pass TB test and background check required. Flexibility, maturity, teamwork required. Experience working with school-aged children in community, residential, and/or educational programs desired. Knowledge of education, science, natural history, group building, musical, Spanish-speaking, and leadership skills desired.

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Position Description: Act as on-call, on-site director and health supervisor for duration of 2–5 day educational programs at any of WOLF School’s six California campuses. Coordinate with the school director, teachers, naturalists, chaperones, staff, and students, dispense medications, and provide leadership 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 and background check required.  Spanish-speaking, leadership skills, musical skills desired.

Answers to FAQ's

Pay & Hours

  • Pay is hourly and most programs are 4 days, 3 nights long.

  • Naturalist days average about 9.5 hours.

  • Naturalists may go home at night after students are tucked in.

  • Program director required to be on-site for duration of program.

Meals & Housing

  • Housing and meals provided during program only.

  • Meals provided starting with dinner the first day of program through lunch on the last day of program.

  • We easily accommodate vegetarian diets and other diverse food needs.


  • Staff primarily work outdoor science school programs, with some history and team building programs.

  • Naturalists have the same group of students for the whole week and must create their own curriculum based on the program goals.

To Apply

We are interested in enthusiastic, organized educators and leaders who are team and safety-oriented, and encourage applicants of all backgrounds, cultures, orientations, abilities, identities, and communities are encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters are accepted throughout the year.

To apply, email a PDF of your resume and cover letter to hbutler@wolfschool.org.

Note: 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. Substitute naturalist and on-call positions available. If you are serious about applying, we recommend you make an appointment to come observe our program in action. Contact us by phone if you have questions.