Volunteer

Positions for Summer volunteer instructor assistants now open!

Apply today and receive free hands-on nature mentoring training

Like to play outdoors? Ever wanted to create a positive impact with children and the environment?

Whole Earth Nature School’s Nature Volunteer Program is an excellent opportunity to make a difference by sharing your passion of nature connection with kids.

Whole Earth Nature School depends on passionate and reliable volunteers to make our programs a success. Volunteers support staff instructors during programs, mentoring youth and supporting them in their personal growth and nature connection. We are looking for volunteers who want to gain experience in leadership and mentoring youth. We encourage volunteers from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of nature connection experiences to apply.

 

Sign up now to become a Volunteer Instructor Assistant for Summer Nature Camps 2020!

Volunteering through Sam's eyes:

“I have so much darn fun, it’s ridiculous.”

Can I Volunteer?

Position Descripitions:

  • Volunteer Instructor Assistant

Whole Earth Nature School depends on passionate and reliable volunteers to make our programs a success. Volunteers support staff instructors during programs, mentoring youth and supporting them in their personal growth and nature connection. We are looking for volunteers who want to gain experience in leadership and mentoring youth. We encourage volunteers from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of nature connection experiences to apply.


Desired Qualifications

  • Desire to learn and develop experience in leadership and youth mentoring

  • Interest in youth development and sensitivity to participants’ life experiences and physical and emotional needs.

  • Ability to take direction from camp director or lead instructor

  • Must be able to comfortably carry a 10-pound backpack outdoors for at least three miles in all types of weather, potentially through uneven terrain.

  • Ages 16 and up (under 16 please consider our CIT program)

  • Able to pass criminal background check


Responsibilities (Training is provided)

  • Attends required mentoring training (minimum of 12 hours)

  • Commits to at least one full week (M-F) of summer nature camp

  • Connects with individual students to ensure they are supported

  • Supports instructors in managing student safety

  • Supports instructors with student behavior management

  • Treats participants with kindness and respect while consistently maintaining group agreements

  • Respects and preserves outdoor and indoor teaching spaces for current and future users

  • Embodies Whole Earth Nature School’s Core Values 

  • Be willing and prepared to lead games and teach skills 

  • Be willing and prepared to share riddles, stories, and songs

  • Be responsible for keeping count of students and taking up the back of the line

  • Participate in group games and activities to motivate students

  • Remain alert and aware of hazards in the environment

  • Receive and incorporate feedback from lead instructor and camp director

 

Position needs:

  • Flexible commitment
  • Ability to walk, hike, and move easily 6+ hours in the woods
  • Comfortable working one on one with children
  • Offer assistance to lead/assistant instructors
  • Assist camp director with projects and errands
  • Be the 3rd adult in a group
  • One on one support for children with challenges
  • Assist with morning and end of day games
  • Will step in as assistant in cases where other volunteers are absent

Position needs:

  • Commit to morning, afternoon or both shifts
  • Approaches campers when dropped off to bring to game, nature table etc
  • Spend one on one time with shy children during drop off
  • Manage nature table and connect with kids
  • Help kids get signed out at end of day
  • Manage and play end of day game
  • Help with Friday potluck set-up and assist with games during transition

Bring a certain skill that pertains to camp:

  • storytelling
  • survival skills
  • plant knowledge
  • character/actor
  • What is your specialty?

Smaller commitments – hours or a day

For teens 12-15 we have a Leadership opportunities at our summer camps, overnight programs, afterschool programs, and Coyote Outdoor School.

Gain Experience
Learn Skills
Build Community

What are the benefits?

Volunteering through us gives you access to free training in the world of nature experience education. You may learn:

  • Wilderness skills (i.e. friction fire, archery, plant ID, shelter building, etc.)
  • New ways to connect and listen to nature
  • Gain experience working with and teaching children
  • Coyote mentoring skills
  • Learn nature games and songs
  • Integrate our teachings into your life and family
  • Certified teachers will learn nature activities and lessons to bring back to the classroom!

Can i intern?

Students from universities or community colleges are welcome to intern with us and receive credit! Interns may develop:

  • Wilderness skills (i.e. friction fire, archery, plant ID, shelter building, etc.)
  • New ways to connect and listen to nature
  • Gain experience working with and teaching children
  • Coyote mentoring skills
  • Development and fundraising experience
  • Nonprofit management techniques 
  • Grant writing experience
  • Administrative and other “behind the scenes” peak into the inner workings of a nonprofit organization