Youth Programs Instructor

Organization Description

Founded in 2011 in Austin, TX, Earth Native Wilderness School helps students build lifelong connections to the outdoors. We do this through offering unique, fun, and informative courses that not only enliven and but also lead our students down an incredible path of discovery and greater self-reliance.

The school offers numerous courses and guided nature experiences that facilitate connection to nature and the outdoors in students of all ages. Courses offered by Earth Native Wilderness School include: wilderness survival, self-reliance, sustainability education, appreciation for and stewardship of natural systems, wildlife ecology and tracking, animal behavior, edible and medicinal plant studies, land navigation, rite of passage, natural building techniques, knowledge of place, sensory awareness, primitive hunting, indigenous living skills, and mentoring.

Position Summary

Earth Native Wilderness School is seeking an experienced, outgoing, competent, organized and motivated applicant to instruct year round at our environmental education youth programs.



o   Collaborate with a team of instructors and directors to design and implement cohesive and exciting youth programs for (primarily) youth ages 5-12 with some positions focused on pre-school age and others with teenage youth

o   Provide high quality outdoor education program instruction at various youth programs

o   Weekly communication with parents and families regarding program curriculum, logistics, and individual student progress

o   Help maintain a safe and functional school learning environment

o   Assist with outreach on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) and at local events


Required Qualifications

o   At least two years experience teaching outdoor education programs or similar related experience

o   Highly enthusiastic, motivated, and self-directed

o   CPR and First Aid Certification required before starting work


Required Skills

o   Must have knowledge and skill in most of the following areas:

      - General Naturalist Studies

      - Basic Wilderness Survival Skills

      - Basic Wildlife Tracking

      - Navigation and Mapping

      - Hazards of Central Texas

      - Basic Flora and Fauna Identification for Central Texas (or similar skills from another bio-region)

o   Must have experience instructing and implementing immersive youth programs

o   Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills

o   Must be creative, responsible, organized and be able to work on their own and in small teaching teams with little oversight


Preferred Skills/Training

o   Experience with nature connection mentoring such as Art of Mentoring, Coyote Mentoring, Kamana Naturalist Training Program, or similar place-based mentoring

o   Graduate of (Wilderness Awareness School’s) Anake Leadership program, RDNA Program, AWC Certification Program, Islandwood Graduate Program, or similar environmental education program.

o   Cybertracker Track and Sign Certification Level I or above



Average of 33-40 Hours/Wk beginning at $14 DOE



4 weeks of paid vacation annually (Week of Thanksgiving, Two weeks of Winter Break, Week of Spring Break)

Unlimited free Earth Native adult courses and trainings

Options for health benefits are currently being explored but are not currently in place

Paid job related injury/illness and maternity leave


How to apply

Email a letter of interest, resume, and at least 3 references (Name, relationship and contact info) to our Operations Director Mikki Scott at

For more information, contact our Executive Director: Dave Scott at 512-299-8870


These positions start work on August 26, 2017.

YOU MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE! Resumes without a letter of interest will not be considered.

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