Vilda is a small, family-oriented organization made of up dedicated, competent and engaged instructors.  We see mentoring as a foundational aspect of healthy development for youth, and as such, value the relationships formed and nurtured in our programs deeply.  We're always excited to hear from passionate, nature-connected folk who feel aligned with our mission.  If you think you'd be a good match for our team, please feel free to contact us and send along a résumé whether or not we have an opening currently listed.  We also welcome interested folks to come join us for a day of programming to explore your interest in working with us.

Have an idea for a new program you'd like to offer at Vilda?  We want to hear from you!

As a former employee I highly recommend working for Vilda! Such a fun and talented group of people to work with at amazing parks with amazing kids. What more could you want?
— Andrew S.


We are looking for a site director for our China Camp Tracks and Tides day camp for our 2018 Summer Camp season (June - August). Hours are 8-4pm Mon - Fri. This position has the potential of continuing part time into the year for the right person.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Oversee camp of 15-30 children and 3-6 staff
  • Lead a group of 10-12 children in kayaking, beach and bay exploration, and our core nature curriculum
  • Be main communication person for parents, staff, and Vilda directors, gracefully giving and receiving feedback
  • Make sure all supplies are organized and ready for each camp week

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A positive, flexible and heart based outlook on life
  • 5 or more years of experience working with groups of 4-12 year old children in educational fields, 2 or more of those in nature education
  • Basic Kayaking skills and enthusiasm for being outside on the beach and playing in the water
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Great organizational skills and ability to handle responsibility with ease and commitment
  • Ability to improv, go with the flow and think on ones feet
  • Ability to set clear boundaries and expectations
  • Competency in wilderness skills such as fire-by-friction and tracking.
  • Total comfort in jumping in and teaching a group of 10-15 kids outdoors
  • A strong interest and background in local plant and animal ID, tracking, wild edible plants, primitive skills and survival skills
  • A love for working with people of as a team, valuing all opinions and leading with grace
  • Current first aid and CPR (WFA or WFR preferred)

OPTIONAL BUT AWESOME:

  • Some training in the Jon Young 8 Shields lineage, Tom Brown kids programs or other similar program
  • Currently based in the North Bay with intentions to stay in the area
  • A clean exceptional driving record

COMPENSATION:

$24-28/hour depending on demonstrated experience

HOW TO APPLY:

Click HERE to fill out the online application.

If you are not familiar with our work already, please take a look at our website programs and team section so you get an idea of who we are before applying.


Do you love working with children and spending time in nature? Are you passionate about connecting children with nature and about deepening your own connection to the natural world? We are a home-grown youth nature connection non-profit based in Fairfax. For more information on our camps, check out our program page.

We are looking for highly skilled instructors. We are currently hiring for our summer season which begins June 12 and runs through Aug 18. Our day camps are 9-3 (work day is 8:15-4pm) Monday- Friday, and we will be offering part to full time positions continuing into the fall for the right candidates.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A positive, flexible and heart based outlook on life
  • 5 or more years of experience working with children in educational fields, 2 or more of those in nature education
  • Competency in wilderness skills such as fire-by-friction and tracking.
  • Total comfort in jumping in and teaching a group of 10-15 kids outdoors
  • A strong interest and background in local plant and animal ID, tracking, wild edible plants, primitive skills and survival skills
  • Responsible, enjoy working with a small team
  • Current first aid and CPR (WFA or WFR preferred)

OPTIONAL BUT AWESOME:

  • Some training in the Jon Young 8 Shields lineage, Tom Brown kids programs or other similar program
  • Currently based in the North Bay with intentions to stay in the area
  • A clean exceptional driving record 

COMPENSATION:

$18-25/hour depending on experience

HOW TO APPLY:

Click HERE to fill out the online application.

If you are not familiar with our work already, please take a look at our website programs and team section so you get an idea of who we are before applying.


We are looking for a fun, skilled carpentry instructor for our outdoor nature camps in San Rafael and Petaluma. We are currently hiring for our summer season which begins June and runs through Aug. Our day camps are 9-3 (work day is 8:15-4pm) Monday- Friday. The instructor will have a choice of working June-August or just the following weeks: July 2-6, July 16-20, July 30- Aug 3, Aug 20-24, Aug 27-31.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A positive, flexible and heart based outlook on life
  • 5 or more years of experience working with children 4-12
  • Strong carpentry skills
  • Exceptional safety awareness
  • Clear instructional style and excellent group management
  • Total comfort in creating and teaching carpentry curriculum in an indoor or outdoor shop Ability to improv and think on ones feet
  • Responsible, enjoy working with a small team
  • Current first aid and CPR (WFA or WFR preferred)

OPTIONAL BUT AWESOME:

  • Currently based in the North Bay with intentions to stay in the area
  • 2 or more years of teaching carpentry to kids

COMPENSATION:

$20-28/hour depending on experience

HOW TO APPLY:

Click HERE to fill out the online application.

If you are not familiar with our work already, please take a look at our website programs and team section so you get an idea of who we are before applying.


Do you love working with children and being in nature? Would you like to learn more about local plants and animals, tracking, foraging, and primitive skills? Vilda nature programs is hiring for assistant instructors. We are a home-grown nature connection non-profit based out of Fairfax, CA. For more information on our camps, check out our program page.

Current openings:

Program Assistant- assists the instructor with monitoring safety, group management, leading games, telling stories, and mentoring children in nature connection.

days/hours: Mondays 9am-4pm, Tuesdays 9am-4pm, Wednesdays 1-6pm, Thursdays 12:30-6pm, Fridays 8:30am-2pm beginning in January with strong likelihood to continue throughout the school year and into the summer camp season... ideal candidate is available for most or all of these shifts

Basic qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with children or significant experience in naturalist knowledge and wilderness skills
  • A strong interest in working with children outdoors
  • A strong interest and commitment to expanding naturalist and wilderness skills
  • Responsible, timely and with good follow through
  • Enjoy working with a team of people

Optional but awesome:

  • Some training in the Jon Young 8 Shields lineage, Tom Brown kids programs or other similar
  • Currently based in the North Bay with intentions to stay in the area
  • Some life guard experience and kayaking skills 
  • Current first aid and CPR

Compensation:

Pay: $13-16/hour depending on experience. Benefits available for more full-time schedules.

HOW TO APPLY:

Click HERE to fill out the online application to the best of your ability. It's ok if you're unable to answer/fulfill some of the online application questions.


This is a part-time position with the responsibility of identifying and working to obtain potential foundation, government and private funding for Vilda. Develop and write grant proposals to grant-making organizations and communicate Vilda’s mission and philosophy to potential funders. The Development Associate/Grant Writer will assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with granter contacts, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.

This position requires someone who has excellent research, writing, and communication skills, is self-motivated, reliable and organized. 

Compensation

Payment by percentage of funding/grants received. Percentage to be negotiated upon hiring.

If interested please e-mail noelle@vildanature.org with you resume and cover letter. The e-mail should be titled "Development Associate / Grant Writer"


Do you have a strong interest in the work we do and want to learn more? Come volunteer with us as a program assistant. Send us an e-mail telling us a bit about yourself and availability.