Instructor/Caretaker 2019-20 Season Posted Apr 25
Vida Verde Nature Education , San Gregorio, CA


Vida Verde is a nonprofit that promotes educational equity by providing free, overnight, environmental learning experiences for students who don’t otherwise get the opportunity.

Vida Verde has a long history of achieving remarkable results through its mission-driven organization and high-quality programs delivered free of charge, for 4th-6th graders. We are a small, tightly-knit, exciting organization. Our jobs are the BEST, and so are the people who work here!

The instructor position is well suited for folks with experience in outdoor education, experience in classroom teaching and/or experience engaging and supporting low-income and students of color. We are looking for someone who: wants to be challenged and work hard towards educational equity, and who can handle a lot of responsibility and many details. This is not an internship program. The position is best suited for a swift, driven, positive and independent worker with low needs.

Instructor Responsibilities This is a full-time, school-year position

Program Work is three consecutive & long days per week (Tues-Thurs)

Weekly camp preparation, setup, maintenance and tidying, cleanup/takedown
Manage Student groups to success! Create an awesome space and team each week with all 30 high potential human beings!
Instruction: (1) Goat Milking & Cheese Making (2) Redwood Hike (3) Tidepool, Marsh & Beach Exploration (4) Organic Farm Activities (5) Campfire (6) Night Hike
Meal management and cooking with kids, game and activity leading, conflict resolution, role modeling, decision-making, first aid, and troubleshooting
Maintain Current Commercial C License and Safely Drive 20-pass shuttle bus

Outside of Program Work, typically Mondays and Fridays:

Participate in weekly, half-day student management workshops
Participate in and prepare for fundraisers, other donor events, and site work days.
Teambuilding and communication: attend staff meetings & professional development, keep up with staff communications

Camp Caretaker Work

Instructors will be responsible for some subset of the following Farm & Facilities chores which are typically completed Mondays and Fridays.

Outhouse Cleaning
Muck and Feeding farm animals
Cleaning/Maintaining chicken coup and flock
Hot tub maintenance
Vehicle cleaning & maintenance
Program & Farm Shopping in town
Recycling & Trash runs
Each weekend one instructor is on animal/greenhouse duty for about 3 hours/weekend, on a rotating basis (approximately 1 weekend per month)

Term of Work: Late August - Early June

The program operates during the school year from Sept-Nov & Jan–June with about 31 weeks of program.
In addition to program work there is a training week in late August, the annual fundraiser in December and caretaker work.
There is a break in late Dec/early Jan and one week in March

Qualifications of a strong applicant

Inspired by and committed to The Mission
Strong student management skills
Outdoor education work experience and/or classroom teaching experience
Experience working with students from underserved communities
Desire to work in a small values-driven nonprofit organization
Love of the outdoors, teaching & children
Positive attitude, committed to excellence, smart, great communicator, full of integrity
Versatile and organized
Current Commercial Class C Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement (or ability to obtain immediately upon hire)
Bilingual (Spanish & English)
Guitar player
First Aid/CPR Certification


1st year regular pay is $11.00 per hour. (38-45hrs/week; approx $440/week) with required Commercial Class C Driver’s license. (If under extenuating circumstances the Commercial license is not obtained prior to the start of the school year, pay will be at a reduced rate until license is obtained.)
All FT staff at Vida Verde are eligible for retirement benefits (Vida Verde matches up to 5% of your salary) after 9 months. Vida Verde’s contributions are applied retroactively upon completion of 9 months or work, and are vested over a five year period.
Housing in large private bedroom in beautiful yurt or in three-bedroom house, both with closet, storage space, washer/dryer, and a shared living room/kitchen. Access to community hot tub, trail, and creek, in a secluded rural setting.
Group Health, Dental & Vision Insurance coverage options with $200 monthly contribution by Vida Verde
6 meals per 3-day program
Pro deals (North Face, Patagonia, Chaco, Mountain Hardwear,etc.)
Paid 6-day Training Week
Bioneers Conference (Full Tuition & Transportation) and Transportation made available to the AEOE spring conference
Program Site: Optimist Youth Camp and nearby farm site. San Gregorio, CA

(1 hour from San Francisco, 45 minutes from Santa Cruz)

Application Procedure/Timeline:

Send a video of yourself teaching children*, letter of interest, resume, and 3 references by EMAIL ONLY. Position open until filled. Applications due by May 1st, 2019.

*A teaching video is a requirement for a complete application to Vida Verde. If you are not currently working with children, or if there are restrictions on recording where you are teaching, it is requested that you take creative measures to create some kind of teaching video.*