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.


Are you passionate about creating deeper connections between children and nature? Do you love being outside in nature and have experience leading groups of kids? Vilda is looking for highly skilled instructors to join our dynamic teaching team. We have all outdoor, nature immersion homeschool, early childhood and after school programs in Fairfax, Petaluma, and San Rafael. Most staff teach 2-3 program days a week, though fuller time positions may be available for the right candidates. For more information on our camps, check out our program page.

What Do Instructors Do?:

Instructors plan and lead nature connection education (with the help of a program assistant) in groups of about 10-12 children, maintaining group safety, facilitating positive group dynamics, deepening children's knowledge and connection to the local environment through leading games. storytelling, exploration and the art of questioning, and teaching earth based skills. 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A positive, flexible and heart based outlook on life

  • 4 or more years of experience working with children in educational fields, 2 or more of those in nature education

  • Knowledge of local plants and animals and a desire to be outdoors in any weather

  • Total comfort in jumping in and teaching a group of 10-15 kids outdoors and great student management skills

  • Responsible, enjoy working with a small team

  • Current first aid and CPR (WFA or WFR preferred)

  • Reliable transportation and ability to work at our San Rafael, Fairfax or Petaluma sites

OPTIONAL BUT AWESOME:

  • Some training in the Jon Young 8 Shields lineage, Tom Brown kids programs or other similar program

  • Wilderness skills such as animal tracking, survival, foraging, fire by friction, navigation

  • Craft skills such as basketry, felting, herbalism, carpentry

  • Experience with kayaking and/or lifeguarding

  • Currently based in the North Bay with intentions to stay in the area

  • A clean exceptional driving record

COMPENSATION:

$20-26 per hour depending on experience.

GROWTH OPPORTUNITY:

Possibility of training to become a director available for good candidates.

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.


Are you passionate about creating deeper connections between children and nature? Do you love being outside in nature and have experience leading groups of kids? Vilda is looking for assistant instructors to join our dynamic teaching team. We have all outdoor, nature immersion homeschool, early childhood and after school programs in Fairfax, Petaluma, and San Rafael. Most staff teach 2-3 program days a week, though fuller time positions may be available for the right candidates. For more information on our camps, check out our program page.

What do Assistants do?

Assistants help support instructors in leading nature connection education in groups of about 10-12 children, helping the children have fun and be safe, leading games and telling stories, and mentoring the children in nature connection.

Basic qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with children and 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: $14-20 per hour depending on experience.

GROWTH OPPORTUNITY:

Possibility of training to become an instructor available for good candidates.

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.


We are looking for site directors for our 6-11yr old programs in Fairfax, San Rafael and Petaluma. This can be a 30-40hr position.

What do Site Directors Do?:

Site Directors are on-site managers and instructors. They instruct groups of about 10 children (with an assistant) in outdoor nature connection programs and also manage other program staff and parent communications. They are the go to person at any program.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Oversee camp of 15-30 children and 3-6 staff

  • Lead a group of 10-12 children (with an assistant) in outdoor nature connection programs

  • 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

  • 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

  • Basic Kayaking skills and enthusiasm for being outside on the beach and playing in the water

  • A clean exceptional driving record

COMPENSATION:

$25-30/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.


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.