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Naturalist II

Point Bonita YMCA
On call
Part time
Competency level: 
Reports to: 
Director of Outdoor Education
Salary range: 
$16 - $19 per hour

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The YMCA of San Francisco was named as one of the Bay Area's Best Places to Work by its employees as well as one of the Healthiest Employers.   Join our team and make a lasting impact every day in communities across San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.  Every day, our staff—of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences—are transforming lives through YMCA programs for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. When you work for the Y, you’ll be supported with training, mentoring and career development opportunities. Plus, we offer great benefits to help you grow stronger in spirit, mind and body, even as you’re helping others.

About the Job

Under the supervision of the Director of Outdoor Education and the Outdoor Education Coordinator, the Naturalist II is responsible for creating a welcoming and inclusive teaching environment and maintaining the safety of students and campers while exploring themes of environment, history, community and wellness.  Naturalist II’s develop and deliver environmentally-based curriculum and community-building experiences that emphasize environmental and cooperative outdoor activities and nature engagement for students and campers in grades K-12 from a variety of socio-economic, cultural, geographic and educational backgrounds. The position requires the physical ability to participate in strenuous activities and the knowledge and skill to lead and educate while making learning fun!  Engagement and instruction opportunities exist in both school-year outdoor education programs and camp (summer, holiday, family and weekend).

Naturalist II’s may be required to assist with hosting and delivering environmental, historical, community-building and/or wellness programs to conference and retreat groups.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age required
  • A four year degree in education, natural sciences, recreation or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Knowledge in at least some of the following areas: general ecological concepts, natural and cultural history, geology, team-building, story-telling, social and emotional learning, and/or environmental justice.
  • The schedule is determined by program needs, including some nights and weekends. Individual programs run 1-5 days and Naturalists must be available for the entire program
  • Experience working with youth, teens, and adults required.
  • Experience using effective teaching techniques with students in any grade K-12
  • Some prior curriculum development experience preferred.
  • Bilingual Spanish language skills preferred.
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED certificates required. Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder preferred.
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people and to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to remain calm in challenging situations.

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All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and CA Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees