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Program Management | Biocitizen - Los Angeles

– POSTED: May 1st, 2022 –

Biocitizen Los Angeles is seeking a Program Coordinator to join our organization! We’re looking for someone who has experience managing and working collaboratively in teams, outdoor education centering environmental awareness, a knowledge base of California’s diverse ecology and history, love and respect for biological and cultural diversity, and a passionate attitude concerning their work!

Job Type: Full Time, Salary (Exempt) to start by June, 2022

Starting Salary: $62,400 annual salary, paid semi-monthly. May qualify for benefits after a 90-day trial period.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Job Summary: Biocitizen LA offers year-round, place-based educational programming across Los Angeles. We provide students with experiences that foster wonder and appreciation for their local environment, connect them to their landscapes, and inspire them to become stewards of their biospheric communities. Our work is grounded in caring for people and the environment through the lens of educational pedagogies and perspectives emphasizing natural history and local cultures. We are seeking a leader who is self-starting, positive, and highly organized. They should be dynamic and open to incorporating other’s perspectives in fulfilling our organizational mission. The Program Coordinator will support our team of educators and facilitate programs as necessary. They should maintain passion to empower Biocitizen teachers and program participants to connect with our surroundings in the face of the climate crisis. Program orchestration is an integral component of this role, with offerings across LA County, particular emphasis in Northeast and West LA, and the San Fernando Valley. Our diverse classroom spaces vary from urban (frontcountry) to semi-remote (backcountry), including but not limited to city/state/federal lands, beaches, canyons, and wildlife (p)reserves.

Applicants should have mastery in team management, outdoor safety protocol enforcement, and strong organizational skills utilizing Google Workspace, Slack, WordPress, or other digital management platforms. There will be a significant training period during which the Program Coordinator will be immersed in our regional program communities, classroom environments, and itineraries. 

COVID-19 considerations: For a detailed outline of our COVID protocols in the field and staff/student safety measures, please see: https://la.biocitizen.org/covid-19-plans-procedures/

General Responsibilities & Expectations Include (But Not Limited To):
  • Assess weather, events, and other field conditions across regions prior to program start
  • Being on-call in case of emergency to provide staffing coverage for field educators, as well as regular visitation to program groups
  • Ensure adherence and management of proper safety protocols
  • Stock storage unit(s) with appropriate teaching supplies, as well as track and manage Biocitizen LA merchandise for purchase by our community
  • Oversee student rosters and timely communication of program information with participants
  • Positively represent Biocitizen LA’s organizational culture and mission in the community, as well as build upon relationships with parents, donors, community partners, etc.
  • Suggest creative ways to diversify our community partnerships, programming, inquiry-based learning methods, and insights into in-situ ecology and social movements.
  • Seek out professional development opportunities for our teaching staff.
  • Build seasonal program calendars to integrate with organizational calendar and goals.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Be welcoming and personable and possess the ability to interact effectively with children ages 5-13, their families, community members, and staff.
  • Have reliable transportation in order to be punctual and dependable in the supervision of staff and teaching programs.
  • Able to enthusiastically hike up to 5 to 7 miles/day when in the field, often in the heat and strenuous elements – while remaining patient, energetic, and supportive of program participants and our teaching staff.
  • Previous work with summer camps, outdoor education, or other informal learning environments supervising teachers and children.
  • A strong candidate will possess 4+ years of university experience with a degree in education, business, non-profit management, sociology, biology/ecology, environmental studies, or related fields is highly desired.
  • Minimum 2+ years of relevant outdoor education industry experience (e.g. nature-based summer camps, multi-week adventure trips, university recreation departments, research stations, natural history, and interpretive programs)
  • Applicants with up-to-date Wilderness First Aid Certification are highly desirable.

If you are interested in applying for this position we encourage you to send a brief cover letter, current resume, and a list of 3 – 4 references to our Assistant Director, Marysia Borucinska-Begg, via marysia@biocitizen.org.
Please title email: ‘First and Last Name, Program Coordinator’


Review of applications begins immediately and runs until the position is filled.
Biocitizen Los Angeles is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. In valuing a diversity of experiences to be leaders in guiding our younger generations towards an environmentally and socially just future: we invite and encourage BIPOC+ and LGBTQI+ community members to apply!

Join our team of Field Staff Supervisors!

Outdoor Educator | Hiking Naturalist | Biocitizen - Los Angeles

– POSTED: April 27th, 2022 –

Biocitizen Los Angeles is looking for our next Field Supervisor to join our team! Best suited candidates will have experience facilitating outdoor education programs for students ages 5 – 17, supporting professional development of themselves and their co-workers, an ability to work in teams, a knowledge base of California’s ecology and history, love and respect for biological and cultural diversity, and a passionate attitude concerning their work.

Job Type: Full Time, Hourly (Non-Exempt)

Start Date: June 6th, 2022 

Work Hours: Summer hours 8:30am – 2:30pm in the field, with additional prep and check in hours. School season teaching vs. administrative hours vary based on group assignments.

Starting Pay: $22/hr-$24/hr, paid semi-monthly. May qualify for benefits after a 90 day trial period.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Job Summary: Biocitizen LA offers year round, place-based educational programming across Los Angeles to create experiences for students that foster wonder and appreciation for their local environment, connect them to their landscapes, and inspire them to become stewards of their biospheric communities. We are seeking experienced outdoor educators who will serve as core educators and Field Supervisors for After School, Holiday Break, Summer Camp, and other community programming events. Our teaching staff are integral to cultivating positive individual and group experiences by providing a physically and mentally safe and supportive group dynamic. Biocitizen teachers guide groups of students to a variety of outdoor locales, from urban to more remote parks, beaches, trails, canyons, and wildlife reserves. Programs take place in park or outdoor area classroom locations within local boroughs: Northeast LA, West LA, and the San Fernando Valley.

Staff work in collaborative teaching teams during programming, and Field Supervisors will be assigned additional responsibilities such as maintaining check-ins with other educators, coordinating their program group’s communication channels, attending to the organization’s vehicle fleet, scouting potential program locations, as well as other assignments that align with demonstrated skills and previous relevant experience. We support development of all staff’s confidence, facilitation methods, to proficiency as a local naturalist and guide through the following:

  • Training focused on place-based educational pedagogies with strong emphasis on natural history and local cultural histories.
  • Regular check-ins with co-teachers and Directors, as well as development of in-situ trail and outdoor leadership skills.
  • Increased responsibilities and teaching opportunities based on demonstrated commitment and interest.
  • Extensive database resource of games, activities, lessons, trail information, to local ecology.

Ideal start date is June 5th, 2022 so that the candidate would be able to join as many weeks of our Summer ‘Our Place’ camp program sessions as possible, which runs from June 12 – August 27th, 2022. They’d join primarily in a teaching capacity to preface their role taking on additional administrative and out of the field supervisor duties during the school-year After School Enrichment (ASE) program beginning in the fall of 2022, during which the candidate would only be in the field teaching during afternoon ASE hours.

Cultivating a growth and adaptability mindset is integral to this mission for both students and educators. Biocitizen staff benefit from a culture of eagerness to share and develop areas of subject knowledge, mental and physical strengths, to styles of teamwork and leadership. We are excited to support our staff regardless of where they may come to us on their professional journey!

COVID-19 considerations: For a detailed outline of our COVID protocols in the field and staff/student safety measures, please see: https://la.biocitizen.org/covid-19-plans-procedures/

General Expectations Include (But Not Limited To):
  • Timeliness to all field programs, field trips, tabling events, and otherwise in person duties – as well as to meetings and responsibilities while working remotely in administrative capacity.
  • Warmly greeting students and families during programming and while representing Biocitizen LA
  • Have a keen interest in California’s natural and cultural history, and experience delivering and/or developing relevant curricula.
  • Facilitate inquiry based learning by asking questions, urging them to observe our immediate surroundings, excite them on creating nature-connections using our regional and seasonal themes.
  • Support students physical and emotional wellbeing during programs. Additional awareness of self and co-leader communications surrounding needs for support and wellbeing while teaching.
  • Facilitate and create engaging games and activities to prompt group development and environmental literacy.
  • Attend to the safety of all students and field staff, including COVID-19 physical distance and health protocols.
  • Attend our van fleet by refilling vehicles, attending to their cleanliness, transporting students safely, and acquiring a Commercial Drivers License to transport students in our larger vans. *Timeline to be determined during the hiring process.
  • Excitement surrounding professional development with support from other educators and directors.
  • Have fun with our students and fellow staff! We believe connecting to place is highly enhanced through supportive, strong relationships with one another.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Be welcoming and personable and possess the ability to interact effectively with children ages 5-13, their families, community members, and staff.
  • Have reliable transportation in order to be punctual and dependable in the supervision of staff and teaching programs.
  • Able to enthusiastically hike up to 5 miles/day when in the field, often in the heat and strenuous elements – while remaining patient, energetic and supportive of program participants and our teaching staff.
  • Previous work with summer camps, outdoor education, or other informal learning environments supervising teachers and children.
  • 2+ years of college with a background in education, sociology, biology, ecology, history, environmental studies, natural science or related fields is desired.
  • In lieu of higher education, candidates must demonstrate fluent knowledge in areas of team management, community based education or restoration project experience, Southern California ecology and or cultural history, primary/secondary education, or other relevant experience.
  • Current Red Cross CPR Training Certification or ability to obtain by start date.
  • Applicants with up to date Wilderness First Aid Certification are highly desirable.

If you are interested in applying for this position we encourage you to send a brief cover letter, current resume, and a list of 3 – 4 references to our Assistant Director, Marysia Borucinska-Begg, via marysia@biocitizen.org.
Please title email: ‘First and Last Name, Field Supervisor (Regional Pref: Northeast LA or West LA)’


Review of applications begins immediately and runs until the position is filled.
Biocitizen Los Angeles is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. In valuing a diversity of experiences to be leaders in guiding our younger generations towards an environmentally and socially just future: we invite and encourage BIPOC+ and LGBTQI+ community members to apply!

Teach with us in Our Place, Summer 2022!

Outdoor Educator | Hiking Naturalist | Biocitizen - Los Angeles

– POSTED: January 12th, 2022 –

Biocitizen Los Angeles is seeking teachers for the Summer 2022 season who have experience teaching outdoors, an ability to work in teams, a knowledge base of California’s diverse ecology and history, love and respect for biological and cultural diversity, and a passionate attitude concerning their work!

Job Type: Full Time (~35 hours/week), Temporary Contract

Start / End Dates: June 6th, 2022 – August 26th, 2022

Work Hours: 8:30am – 2:30pm in the field, with additional prep and check in hours

Salary: $17/hr – $21/hr DOE

Location: Regional Program Offerings in Northeast LA and West LA

Job Summary: Biocitizen Los Angeles is hiring teachers for our outdoor summer camp program, Our Place. Our educators are integral to cultivating positive individual and group experiences, providing a physically and mentally safe and supportive environment, and engaging children ages 5 – 13 with our city’s landscape. All teachers support the goal of Biocitizen: to create experiences for students that foster wonder and appreciation for the natural world that then connects them to their local environment, and inspires them to become stewards of their biospheric communities.

Biocitizen Los Angeles is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. In valuing a diversity of experiences to be leaders in guiding our younger generations towards an environmentally and socially just future: we invite and encourage BIPOC+ and LGBTQI+ community members to apply!
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