Environment Boys Program Mentor
Wild Whatcom is a flourishing non-profit organization dedicated to connecting youth to nature and developing positive character traits through outdoor exploration and discovery. We provide experiential learning opportunities that inspire participants to explore, connect, and serve, while building healthy
relationships with nature, community, and self.
Wild Whatcom seeks a motivated and highly-skilled educator to co-lead nature explorations, outdoor skills sessions, service projects, summer camps, and wilderness trips for a variety of Wild Whatcom programs. Because this mentor will work in boys-specific programming, we are seeking a candidate who identifies as male or non-binary.
Position Description & Logistics
Wild Whatcom Mentors help organize and guide outings for youth throughout Whatcom County. Compensation begins at $14 per hour, with a likely increase within the first year, based on positive performance and additional duties. This Mentor position will be a part-time, year-round.
Start date: Monday, September 10, 2018 or sooner depending on availability.
From September through June, this position will feature mostly weekend work (see below), which will
then transition to full-time work during summer. See specific details of this position’s seasonal variability
2018-19 School Year
(September 10, 2018-June 2019)
Potential for 40-50 hrs/month (average of 10
hrs/week with some seasonal variability) working
mainly within Boys Explorers Club. Potential for
some mid-week schools program hours.
5-6 weeks, spread out over this time period,
working as a Mentor for our summer camps or
backpack trips. Each week is approx. 40 hrs of
work, including preparation and field time.
Main program: Summer Adventures (see below).
● Co-lead a variety of outings with child-led, inquiry-based, experiential, and playful approaches.
● Participate in all required training with enthusiasm and engagement.
● Awaken a sense of wonder, teaching natural history and outdoor skills while exploring local areas.
● Facilitate collaborative leadership and decision-making skills.
● Practice effective risk management at all times, creating a safe learning experience for all
● Maintain clear, responsive, honest, and respectful communications with participants, families, and staff.
● Serve as a mentor to participants, adjusting to individual and group needs Work closely with other members of the field staff team to plan, prepare, and lead outings.
● Assist with gear maintenance, storage, and coordination.
● Assist with program logistics.
● Support and contribute to documentation/record keeping.
● Share concerns and seek advice from Program Coordinators, Program Managers, and Executive Director to ensure program quality.
● Humor, adaptability, and inspiration for facilitating meaningful connections to nature and community.
● Strong work ethic and professional work habits (punctual, responsive, organized, detailed)
● Superior interpersonal and written communications skills.
● Environmental/outdoor education and/or youth development experience
● Knowledge of ecology and outdoor skills.
● Experience working with children, preferably ages 6-14.
● Demonstrated ability to monitor variable conditions constantly to ensure group safety, while also remaining attentive and focused on learning goals and the unique needs of each participant.
● Ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
● Flexibility, and vision to engage with a growing organization.
● Competency with Google systems, Excel, and online media tools, and access to a computer.
● Reliable method of transportation and mobile phone.
● Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record (background check is required).
● Ability to carry 30+ lbs in a variety of weather and terrain.
● Current First Aid/CPR Certification.
● Tetanus booster within the past 5 years.
● Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification.
● A regular personal practice of connection with the outdoors.
● Familiarity with collaborative learning techniques and child-led discovery.
● Experience leading groups over varied terrain on multi-day trips in the backcountry.
● Experience associated with coordination of outdoor programming.
How to ApplyPlease submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and “Wild Whatcom Mentor Application” in the subject line. All materials should be sent as attachments in PDF format. Please direct any questions to email@example.com. Priority applications will be reviewed beginning Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Position to remain open until filled. Before actual hire, prospective employees must pass a thorough background check. If any concerns arise, we will review them with the candidate and evaluate potential implications within a broader context and relevance to the position. Wild Whatcom is actively committed to social equity and justice and encourages candidates of all racial and gender identities, cultural and economic backgrounds, and of any sexual orientation to apply. Wild Whatcom is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.
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