Were you inspired by a mentor as a kid? Now it’s your turn.

Whole Earth Nature School is looking for staff who want to make a positive impact in our area by mentoring students outdoors. 

We would love for you to join our community!

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply, including folx of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, languages, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and ages. We employ staff in several positions and programs, giving employees options to work at day and overnight summer camps, after-school programs, and/or Outdoor School programs. We value all the unique qualities and passions our staff add to our community. 

Here are qualities some of our staff have:

  • A desire to connect youth with self, peers, and nature
  • An interest in youth development and sensitivity to participants’ life experiences and physical and emotional needs
  • A passion for equitable and inclusive approaches to student engagement
  • A love of play and an active imagination
  • An open mind and a willingness to learn and have new experiences
  • A background in nature awareness and wilderness skills

We are currently following or exceeding all COVID-19 health guidelines for youth programs and school-based programs. Please contact us for more information and with questions about policies to ensure staff and student health and safety.

Administrative job OPENINGs

We are currently accepting applications for a full-time, salaried Outdoor School (ODS) Director.

Read the job description before applying.

Priority deadline: Submit your application by September 19 to receive priority.  We will review applications until the position is filled.

Note about position: Our current ODS director, Sarah “Redbud” Kelly, will continue working at Whole Earth to support Outdoor School programs as the new Equity & Engagement Director.

Instructional Job OPENINGs

We review instructor applications on a rolling basis and contact applicants based on staff hiring needs. We typically keep applications on file for 3 months.  After this time, we encourage applicants to reapply. 

Job Descriptions:
Lead Instructor
Assistant Instructor


We are committed to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Whole Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, volunteers, and employees. Some examples of our commitment to JEDI include:

  • normalizing pronoun use during meetings and programs
  • providing needs-based scholarships to students
  • offering affinity camps for girls, boys, and genderdiverse campers
  • providing JEDI training to all staff
  • committing to implementing anti-racist practices 
  • paying staff to participate in monthly justice-focused community group
  • decolonizing curriculum and amplifying Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC) voices and perspectives
  • using trauma-informed behavior support strategies
  • providing accommodations for students to participate in our programs and staff to lead programs
  • evaluating and modifying curriculum, programming, organizational policies and systems to be more just, equitable and inclusive

We thank the Avarna Group and BEETLES project for making materials available to improve our hiring process and workplace, including “Intentional Hiring and Recruitment through the Lens of Equity and Inclusion” and “A Toolkit to Mitigate Bias in Recruitment & Hiring.”  We are constantly working to improve policies, systems, and programs. We welcome input from staff, students, and families to be more equitable and inclusive.