Pali Institute Instructor Job Description
Instructor Job Description: Pali Institute is seeking enthusiastic educators with a strong work ethic to join our outdoor education family. We are a rigorous, fast-paced, fun program constantly striving to develop exciting outdoor curriculum for students in grades 4-12th. Pali Instructors teach different students every week in a variety of classes within the disciplines of science, outdoor education and leadership development. Pali strives to be an excellent educational supplement to classroom-based education and is proud to be a WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and AEE (Association for Experiential Education) accredited organization.
Most weeks our instructors teach an activity group during the day while taking on the role of cabin instructor with responsibilities during meals and at night. Our science curriculum covers a broad array of topics such as alternative energy sources, squid dissection and herpetology. With California’s seismic history in mind, we test the strength of student's engineered structures. Students also learn about aerodynamic principles as they build and launch rockets. We encourage personal and social growth with our team building sessions, low ropes course, three high ropes courses and quad zip lines. When the sun goes down, both instructors and students perform skits, learn about crepuscular animals and their senses on a night hike, or turn up the music at karaoke. In addition, students are able to gaze into the night as they learn about stars, planets and the galaxy their on way back to cabins. During cabin time instructors can customize the students’ free time by sharing personal passions like music, art, or adventuring out to play games during an exploratory hike. By the end of the week our instructors are able to reflect on the rewards of working with children in the outdoors.
Contract length: January – June and August – December
Hours: This is a full-time seasonal position with hours scheduled according to group attendance and additional duties assigned by the Director. Our calendar is sold out, so work will be available. You can expect to be in cabin about 75% of your time.
Compensation: $280 per week and an additional $25 per day in cabin. Master’s Degree and/or Teaching Certificate considered for extra pay.
Benefits: Educators are provided beautiful off-site housing accommodations less than 2 miles from camp for use during breaks and at night when not serving as a cabin counselor. During the week, staff live on-site in cabins. Pali pays 50% of health benefits after 90 days employment.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree; preferably with coursework in recreation, science or education.
Applicants must be:
- comfortable and confident supervising and teaching students in large and small groups.
- easily approachable, able to have fun with kids, laugh at yourself and be silly!
- flexible and able to adjust to changes quickly.
- ready to effectively work in a team environment with 45 other staff!
- able to maintain a positive attitude, even during stressful situations
- prepared to handle concerns/issues in a constructive manner.
- open to receiving constructive feedback and applying the information in a timely manner.
- creative in one’s teaching techniques and group management skills.
- able to learn and execute the lessons/activities in an expansive curriculum.
Must have a good sense of humor.
Must pass a federal and state background check.
First Aid/CPR certification preferred.
Experience in the camping and/or experiential education fields preferred.
Procedure: Familiarize yourself with our program and the position by examining the Pali Institute website (www.paliinstitute.com), or by giving us a call. Apply early as our instructor positions fill quickly. We do take applications for future seasons and don’t hesitate to call for an in-person interview or tour if you are in the Southern California region.
To apply, please submit an application online at: http://paliinstitute.com/outdoor-education-jobs/
Contact Brian Babauta or Cameron Sneed
Address: P.O. Box 2237 Running Springs CA 92382
Telephone: 909-867-5743 EXT 234