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OVERVIEW: Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School (LACOSS) is a one-week residential environmental science program for 5th/6th grade classes operating since 1960 under the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The LACOSS site is located at a camp in Wrightwood, CA, with field classes in a semi-wilderness area.

DUTIES: Organize and lead science field class activities for 5th - 6 th grade students, using phenomena-based, hands-on teaching techniques in the outdoors. The curriculum includes NGSS science concepts in ecosystems, astronomy, geology, and science practices. Naturalists also lead evening programs, train/supervise volunteer cabin leaders and other duties common to residential outdoor education programs.

POSITION DETAILS: 2022-23 Naturalist, Temporary Education Specialist II, is 24 weeks plus 2-week training weeks starting mid-October through May. Regular hours scheduled to be 960 hours. On-call overnight required 2 nights/week during student programs. Anticipated lodging available October 17-May 26. Beginning compensation $20/hour + approx. $100/weekly for on-call duties.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required BA/BS in science or BA with significant courses in sciences. Previous instructional experience or experience with children and basic outdoor knowledge required. First Aid/CPR certificate. Weekly testing and proof of COVID vaccination required. Must be physically able to lead instructional hikes in a semi-wilderness setting.


HOW TO APPLY: Send a letter of introduction and resume to outdooreducation@lacoe.edu.
Work examples or letters of reference encouraged. Applications are always welcome.
Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants until positions filled plus two alternates
established.