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Position: Lead Instructor/Nature Mentor for 7-12 yr olds
Organization: Soaring Eagle Nature School
Location: Lower Mainland (Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Delta), BC

Soaring Eagle Nature School is a Vancouver based school that offers unique nature-based programs to youth, teens and adults. Our mission is to empower people to discover and share their gifts through meaningful connections with the natural world. We honour the natural cycles within people and use their own excitement and curiosity to guide their learning and their connections to themselves, the earth and other people.

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking a Part-Time long-term Lead Instructor/Nature Mentor for 7-12 year olds

This is an opportunity to share your gifts with youth and adults through nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning. You should be passionate about working with children in a non-coercive and supportive way, and want to bring nature connection into the lives of youth and adults in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We are looking for committed and resourceful individuals to become a part of the school and work alongside awesome staff members and incredible kids and families.

This is a chance to be a part of a school that comes from the lineage of the Wilderness Awareness School and the 8 Shields Model. You will be immersed in a mentoring model that can be applied to any school or organization. You will gain skills and experience from experienced and well-trained mentors who have been working and using this model for years.

Responsibilities would include and are not limited to:

  • Instructor for weekly, monthly, as well as contract programs and school group programs. This position would also include subbing for other staff, facilitating contract programs. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to: knife safety skills, survival skills, wildlife tracking, edible and medicinal plants, navigation, forest ecology, and bird language and identification.

    • You should have a solid naturalist skills base of this bio-region, have a wide range of survival skill experience such as knife use, quickie bows and arrows, wild harvesting, cordage, weaving, tracking, flint knapping, primitive sewing, hide tanning, friction fire, shelter building, knots, effective tarp set-up, Bird ID, survival priorities, orienteering, forest ninja skills, primitive tools

  • Development and implementation of age specific programming for youth, including 7-12 year olds, based on the 8 shields model

  • Maintain clear and consistent communication with students, parents and teachers involved in programming

  • Maintain all relevant paper work and administrative support for programs

  • Work closely with Soaring Eagle Nature School staff to maintain clear responsibilities

  • Paid Weekly or bi-weekly check in with Soaring Eagle Nature School’s Director


The Ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the following:

  • Strong familiarity with Coyote Mentoring/ 8 shields model (developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School)
  • Deep desire to have a nature based community of youth, adults and elders
  • Understanding and practice of effective, clear and compassionate communication skills
  • A great storyteller
  • A singer of nature-based songs
  • Experience working with children and youth aged 7-12
  • Solid naturalist skills as well as earth based living skills/primitive skills
  • Openness to new and potentially challenging experiences
  • Excellent group facilitation skills
  • Exercise a healthy sense of humour
  • Comfort in handling student and family affairs in a competent and open way; confidence creating and setting clear boundaries with students and families
  • Desire to expand and grow nature based programs in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
  • Desire to use your gifts to help guide people into a closer connection with the natural world
  • Creative and crafty with a love of making cool things with your hands out of natural materials
  • Friendly, kind and patient
  • Not afraid to facilitate in ALL kinds of weather


  • Minimum 2 year experience in nature-based mentoring with children and adults
  • Standard First Aid (will be required by date of hire)

Preferred, but not required to apply:

  • Graduate of the Anake Program and the Anake Leadership Program, RDNA program or similar program
  • Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program, or equivalent
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
  • Child Development Expertise

Start Date:

This position starts in January, with sevseral sessions of shadowing experienced staff in December.

This position is for every Wednesday, 2-3 Fridays/month, and 1 Tuesdays/month.

Hours will fluctuate based on availability and experience. Potential for this position to gain more hours. Potential to also work full time spring break camps, and summer camps. 


Starting wage $20-$25/hour

To Apply:

Please send your resume, along with a letter of interest, and 3 professional references to:

Applications due right away. The review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will come and visit our program before being hired.

Thank you for your interest and please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 16 2019    ID: 54754