Earthroots Field School’s mission is to cultivate a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world.

The seasonal staff positions work primarily in the outdoors with a group of children and one additional staff member. We welcome candidates who are passionate about connecting with nature and have an enthusiasm for learning and growing.

Seasonal Positions Available

All seasonal positions take place in June-July during the
Earth Skills Summer Camps
Camp Counselors
Lead Chef
Sous Chefs
Mentor in Training – volunteer position for teens

Start Date

June 8-12 – Mandatory Seasonal Staff Training Week
June 15-19 – Session 1
June 22-26 – Session 2
June 29-Jul 3 – *Potential Session 3


Seasonal Camp Counselors: Work with the Camp Director in guiding small groups of children ages 7-15 in summer camps. Camps are exploration, nature enrichment based involving singing, hiking, crafts, storytelling, nature observation, gardening, wilderness awareness games, survival skills, and cooking. Communicate with parents, children, and staff. Lead daily activities, supervise campers during free time and siesta, attend to the needs of the campers in their camp, assist campers during bedtime and comfort home-sick campers, provide mentoring for mentors-in-training. Must have experience working with young children. For the complete job description, click here.

Lead Chef: Lead the kitchen staff during summer camps. Oversee food handling and preparation throughout a kitchen. Monitor and evaluate staff and coordinate schedules. Stock and maintain all food stations, ensuring hygienic workspaces. Acquire food, cook meals 3 times a day for all staff and participants, oversee tidiness of kitchen area, accommodate dietary restrictions as much as possible. Answer guest questions about the menu and preparation.

Sous Chef: Assist the lead chef in planning and cooking meals for summer camps.

Medic: Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certified, attends to complicated or advanced medical situations, in charge of emergency gear.

Mentors in Training (volunteers): Accompany and support instructors to their choice of activities each day. May also choose to help the cooks. If mentors in training are still minors, they should still be under adult supervision at all times.

Each of these positions will also:
– support student and parent volunteers in developing their abilities to work with youth in nature
– represent Earthroots to build relationships with community liaisons, families and staff
– work together with administrators with clear communication and a strong work ethic


– CPR/First Aid Certification
– Fingerprinting upon request
– Valid Drivers License (if over the age of 18)
– Must be available the months of June and July
– Working cell phone
– Personal computer with internet access
– Reliable Personal vehicle
– Staff Training with Earthroots Field School: June 8-12

Preference will be given to applicants who have:

– Experience working with youth outdoors
– Early Childhood Education or Waldorf background
– Experience with another organization that uses 8 Shields or similar curriculum
– Knowledge of Southern California wilderness areas, regional parks, community and school gardens, organic farms, local community organizations, local educational programs and organizations
– Experience and training in the fields of Permaculture, Coyote Mentoring, Wilderness Awareness, Survival Skills, School Gardening, Ecological Gardening, Garden to Table Cooking or equivalent.
– Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder or equivalent


Based on experience. Starts at $12/hour.

To Apply

Send resume to [email protected], or call (949) 709-5777