Field Naturalist


Orange County Department of Education

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Sara Ludovise

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Costa Mesa, CA
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Administered by Orange County Department of Education, Inside the Outdoors has been a leader in hands-on science and social science programs since 1974. Our Field Naturalists teach field trips to students in grades TK-12 in parks and open spaces across Orange County, California.

Positions will start in mid-September 2024 and run through Summer 2025.


Selected candidates will: 

  • Deliver environmental education and cultural history field trip programs to pre-K through 12th grade students from schools across Orange County. 
  • Enforce safety rules for students, classroom teachers, and chaperones. 
  • Hike on trails for up to one mile and traverse stairs and uneven terrain while carrying equipment. 
  • Work as a team with other ITO staff to set up and take down programs. 
  • Handle a variety of animals, including rats and snakes. 
  • Promote Inside the Outdoors and deliver programming during public community programs and partner events.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Three years of related education, work experience, volunteer experience, and/or training is required. 
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in biology, ecology, earth systems science, education, or a related field is strongly preferred. 
  • Experience working with school-age children, especially in an organized outdoor environment, is highly preferred. 
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse community members is strongly desired. 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under OCDE’s vehicle insurance policy. 
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certificates (paid for by OCDE) are required within first two months of employment. 

All applications must be received through our posting on EdJoin:

Visit our website for more information about Inside the Outdoors!

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$19.50/hour, with possible pay increases every three months.