Outdoor Education Instructor


High Trails Outdoor Science School

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Leslie Urban

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42842 Jenks Lake Rd East
Angelus Oaks, CA
United States

Teach outdoors in the mountains of SoCal during the 2024-25 school year! Join a fantastic community of young and energetic educators at a residential outdoor environmental education center as we work to open the eyes of city-based kids to the wonders and beauty of nature.



Big Bear City California. Contracts from September 9, 2024 - May 30, 2025

  • Work in the mountains of Southern California teaching elementary students!
  • Two shifts are available, with instructors moving regularly back and forth between them.
  • Field Instructors take students on hikes during the day and teach about ecology and teamwork.
  • Cabin Instructors supervise students overnight and sleep in cabins in the forest.
  • The schedule is a traditional school year, school week, with weekends and school holidays off.
  • Continuing education to help you become a better teacher.

Interviewing now for September 2024 start!

OUR PROGRAM IS UNIQUE IN CALIFORNIA! We are a small, upstart company that managed to jump into the (relatively...) big league of outdoor education. We believe we can make a difference, make a living, and be happy all at the same time. We walk the fine line of telling you what to do and encouraging you to take ownership in the program.

OUR CORNER OF THE COUNTRY IS PRETTY DARN COOL! We are based in Big Bear, the coolest mountain town in Southern California; no other outdoor ed center is based here. From mountains to deserts to beaches, with a little small-town atmosphere close by and a lot of big-city amenities within a couple of hours...pretty nice...

OUR WEBSITE TELLS IT ALL! Need more details? Want so many details you'll be overwhelmed? Head over to hightrails.com and you'll see why we believe we're the most progressive place in the country.

See Staff Blog Posts here: http://dirtyclassroom.com/dirticulum/

Compensation Information

Adding everything together, the value of the first-year instructor wage package is calculated at $182 per workday. This includes daily wage, housing, food, and health insurance. Just daily wage is $105/day. Additionally stipended training, pro deals, travel reimbursement, and clear paths to Level Up and earn more money. See here for the breakdown of pay and benefits.