Mount Hermon

  • Naturalist

    Job Location US-CA-Mount Hermon
    Posted Date 5 months ago(1/17/2018 12:53 PM)
    Job ID
    Outdoor Science
    # of Openings
    Location Name
    Ponderosa Lodge
  • Overview

    Position Objective:

    The Outdoor Science School (OSS) Naturalist assumes responsibility for a trail group and teaching science content ranging from 5th-8th grade during scheduled class times, assists in regular program duties, including team-building and adventure activities, and leads extended activities in a manner consistent with MHA’s mission, vision and values.


    Key Job Accountabilities:

    • Models a genuine Christian lifestyle, encouraging and nurturing expansion of campers; outdoor science knowledge as well as spiritual growth.
    • Engages and participates in staff development and one-to-one meetings with the commitment to being engaged in the Mount Hermon OSS community.
    • Reads, understands, and experientially teaches the curricula for all grade levels taught.
    • Leads and teaches/supervises night activities, orientation meetings, and hosts student meal times.
    • Observes student behavior, responds to health and safety concerns, and deals appropriately with improper/inappropriate behavior to adapt to students with special needs.
    • Recognizes hazards in the outdoor setting and responds appropriately to those hazards.
    • Performs any other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    • None.


    General Qualifications:

    A mature follower of Jesus, still growing and developing in their faith. Fully in accord with Mount Hermon Association, Inc.'s mission, vision, values and statement of beliefs. Committed to living these out personally, and instilling them in the organization. Of strong moral character and integrity.


    • CPR and First Aid certified (Must be acquired before employment).
    • Bachelor's degree required.

    Work Experience:

    • Previous experience in leadership role, demonstrates ability to supervise children.
    • Previous experience with working elementary-aged children.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Ability to relate to a variety of age groups and effectively manage a student group.
    • Ability to provide leadership skills and emotional and spiritual maturity.
    • Ability to articulate the gospel of Jesus Christ as communicated in Scripture and through nature.
    • Passionate about science and the outdoors.
    • Ability to teach in a calm, clear and engaging manner with all ages.
    • Mature understanding of camp guidelines and principles and respect for authority and peers.
    • Ability to adjust and problem solve in challenging situations.
    • Ability to engage in a variety of outdoor activities.
    • A heart to serve whenever needed.

    Key Job Accountabilities

    Physical Demands:

    The physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions. It also requires sitting, standing, squatting, stooping, twisting, and hiking 2-5 miles daily. May require lifting of up to 25 lbs. at a time.

    Additional Requirements/Skills:

    • Ability to travel internationally and perform naturalist specific duties.
    • Adherence to the basic principles as expressed in Mount Hermon's Mission, Vision, Values and Commitment statements.
    • Adherence to company dress code and professional standards for personal grooming and appearance.
    • Satisfactory completion of background investigation, or valid work permit, as well as ability to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

    This job description reflects essential functions of this position. It does not restrict management’s right to reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.



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