San Mateo Outdoor Education is a residential environmental education program located on 1000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the San Francisco Bay Area of California, 12 miles from the coast.  School groups of 180-200 fifth and sixth grade students spend five days and four nights studying the redwood forest, oak woodlands, pond, and organic garden through guided exploration and hands-on learning.  The California coast provides exceptional opportunities for a fieldtrip day to discover sea life in the tide pools, watch the migration of Gray Whales, observe harbor seals colonies, and explore a coastal marsh. Ultimately, we wish to provide an environmental education experience that brings about a greater social awareness for students from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and increases students’ knowledge and appreciation of nature.

Position Description

 During the first weeks, interns receive intensive training to prepare them for teaching environmental education classes on a variety of subjects in a variety of settings.  In addition to teaching in the daytime, interns participate in evening activities that include campfires, night hikes, and folk dance.  Staff training is ongoing throughout the year with Friday in-services. Duties include teaching major concepts to fifth and sixth graders, ensuring a safe learning environment for students, counseling students, and acting as liaison with teachers.

 Starting Date September 6, 2022 through May 25, 2023

 Location                     La Honda, CA

 Compensation           Room and board and stipend of $640 per week

Arrangements           Full-time, 9-month commitment, 11 positions available

 How to apply            

Send resume, cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in position, and the names, phone numbers and emails of three references

 Deadline                     April 15, 2022

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