Naturalists at Large, Our Instructors


A cornerstone of the Naturalists at Large safety philosophy is to provide a comfortable outdoor experience.

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At a minimum, our instructors have Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications.  Most instructors possess Emergency Medical Technician, Wilderness First Responder certifications, or other advanced wilderness specific first aid training certifications as well.

Our Naturalists have a lifelong enthusiasm for the outdoors, a special commitment to outdoor education, and a wealth of practical experience working with children and adults in a wilderness environment.

Upon conditional hiring, Naturalists at Large staff are fingerprinted and background checked via Department of Justice Livescan.  Perspective staff with records of previous convictions related to the services we provide will not be considered for employment.

Naturalists at Large staff members are experienced outdoor professionals. Our instructors possess four year degrees in teaching or outdoor fields, or possess an equivalent in outdoor teaching and guiding experience. They have skills such as rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, mountaineering, snorkeling and kayaking, as well as knowledge of natural history and experiential education.

With their high comfort and experience in the outdoors, their passion for teaching, and a commitment to safety first, we have the foundation for a fantastic experience for you and your students!

  • Naturalists at Large, Our Instructors
  • Naturalists at Large, Our Instructors
  • Naturalists at Large, Our Instructors
  • Naturalists at Large, Our Instructors

Become a Naturalist

Are you a person with an appreciation for teaching and a love for the outdoors? Have you been looking for a way to combine both interests? Naturalists at Large may be the company for you. We believe that the health of our environment is strongly tied to our children having the knowledge and preparation to, one day, assume the mantle of responsibility for its well-being.

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Our Mission Statement

Naturalists at Large will be the preferred provider of quality environmental and outdoor education programs to independent and public schools at geographically diverse sites throughout California.

We are always looking for qualified outdoor teachers and educators to join our team. We specialize in introducing schools to the outdoors on a variety of outdoor learning sites or lodge-based trips in our state and national parks.

  • At a minimum, our instructors have a four-year college degree, or the equivalent, in the sciences, recreation, education or a related field.
  • Naturalists at Large is interested in enthusiastic, self-motivated people who demonstrate a good rapport with both young children and teens. Because we work all over the state of California, in different ecosystems and habitats, you should be a person who learns quickly and who has an inquisitive nature. Outdoor skills with practical experience in rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking, snorkeling and other outdoor activities are highly desirable as is a general knowledge about the human and natural history of the western United States.
  • You should have strong group-building and communication skills.
  • You must be safety-oriented and certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Proven decision-making skills and the ability to work effectively and constructively in team situations are also required. Previous experience in outdoor or environmental education is a plus.
  • Naturalists at Large is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person based upon that person’s age, race, sex, color, religion, or political beliefs.

If this sounds like a job for you, please see the Employee Application, or Contact Us directly.