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Naturalist II ( Y Rangers Program)

Presidio Community YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Reports to: 
Camp Coordinator
Salary range: 
$18.70 to $22 per hour
Start date: 
Jun 01, 2024 to Aug 17, 2024

Careers with a Cause

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively influences the lives of people and communities. As the nation's leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of San Francisco offers more than just a job--we offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community. At the Y, you can discover your passion and a lifelong career helping to solve some of the nation's most pressing social issues.

About the Job

Under the direction and supervision of the Camp Coordinator, the Naturalist II (Y Rangers Program) is responsible for teaching and maintaining the safety of students and campers while exploring themes of environment, history, community, and wellness. Naturalist II’s develop and deliver an environmentally based curriculum and community-building experiences that emphasize environmental and cooperative outdoor activities and nature engagement for students in grades K-10 and 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! 

Naturalist II’s will serve as the liaison between the YRangers program, participating YMCA branches and programmatic partners.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 18 years of age for elementary school programs, 21 years for middle school
  • A minimum of 12 units of education, natural sciences, recreation or related field
  • Knowledge in at least some of the following areas: general ecological concepts, natural and cultural history, geology, team building, story-telling, social and environmental health
  • Must be available for program schedule; Monday-Friday from mid-June through mid-August
  • 1+ year of experience working with youth, teens, and adults
  • Experience using effective teaching techniques with students in grades K-10
  • YMCA approved First Aid, CPR, and AED certificates required within 30 days of hire.
  • Strong 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 and manage large groups of youth in a variety of settings
  • Fingerprint background check clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Prior curriculum development experience
  • Bilingual Spanish language skills
  • Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder certified







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