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Outdoor Science School Naturalist

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General Qualifications

The Outdoor Science School (“OSS”) Naturalist is a Ministerial position. Ministerial staff render their work, stewardship, relationships and behavior as evidence of being followers of Jesus Christ while embracing and affirming Mount Hermon Association, Inc.’s (“MHA”) mission, vision and beliefs. They are responsible for defining, cultivating and leading MHA’s Christian community, conference programs, and retreats.

Position Objective

The OSS Naturalist assumes responsibility for a trail group and teaching science content ranging from 5th-8th grade during scheduled class times, assists in regular program duties, including team-building and adventure activities, and leads extended activities in a manner consistent with MHA’s mission, vision and values.

Key Job Accountabilities

• Model a genuine Christian lifestyle, encouraging and nurturing expansion of campers’ outdoor science knowledge as well as spiritual growth.
• Engage and participate in staff development and one-to-one meetings with the commitment to being engaged in the MHA OSS community.
• Read, understand, and experientially teach the curricula for all grade levels taught.
• Lead and teach/supervise night activities, orientation meetings, and host student meal times.
• Observe student behavior, respond to health and safety concerns, and deal appropriately with improper/inappropriate behavior to adapt to students with special needs.
• Recognize hazard in the outdoor setting and respond appropriately to those hazards.
• Perform any other duties as assigned by Supervisor.


• CPR and First Aid certified (Must be acquired before employment).
• Bachelor's degree required.

Work Experience

• Previous experience in leadership role, demonstrated ability to supervise children.
• Previous experience with working with elementary-aged children.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Ability to relate to a variety of age groups and effectively manage a student group.
• Ability to provide leadership skills and emotional and spiritual maturity.
• Ability to articulate the gospel of Jesus Christ as communicated in Scripture and through nature.
• Passionate about science and the outdoors.
• Ability to teach in a calm, clear and engaging manner with all ages.
• Mature understanding of camp guidelines and principles and respect for authority and peers.
• Ability to adjust and problem solve in challenging situations.
• Ability to engage in a variety of outdoor activities.
• A heart to serve whenever needed.

Physical Demands

The physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions. It also requires sitting, standing, squatting, stooping, twisting, and hiking 2-5 miles daily. May require lifting of up to 25 lbs. at a time.

Additional Requirements/Skills

• Ability to travel internationally and perform naturalist specific duties.
• Adherence to the basic principles as expressed in MHA’s Mission, Vision, Values and Commitment statements.
• Adherence to company dress code and professional standards for personal grooming and appearance.
• Satisfactory completion of background investigation, or valid work permit, as well as ability to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Time:  Full-Time Seasonal
Salary:  Paid
Category:  Outdoor Education



Updated: 3/10/2020 1:53:47 PM

Job Contact:
Daryl von Haunalter
(831) 430-4308

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Why work at Mount Hermon Association, Inc.:

For over 100 years Mount Hermon has been a place where lives are transformed through Christ. Join with us as we serve His Church in our nation and throughout the world.

37 Conference Drive
    Felton, CA 95018

(831) 430-4308

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