Middle School Program Instructor (Part-Time 1)

Job Type

Part Time



Application Deadline



201 Fort Mason
San Francisco
United States


Middle School Program Instructor (Part-Time 1)

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit support partner of the Golden Gate National Parks—84,000 acres of national parkland throughout the Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. Park projects and programs include the Crissy Field Center, the promoting of leadership and environmental justice training for youth; the Native Plant Nurseries, which grows over 100,000 plants annually to restore habitat; Trails Forever, which is at work building and rehabilitating miles of trails throughout the parks; and volunteer programs that inspire over 25,000 people annually to take action in support the parks.

Position Overview:

The Program Instructor’s primary responsibility is to coordinate, supervise, mentor and teach middle age youth participating in the Crissy Field Centers Urban Trail Blazers leadership programs. Through a rich combination of outdoor excursions, leadership development, multicultural environmental education, community building, participants will explore what makes a healthy community while connecting to their national parks.  This position will have a special focus at Martin Luther King middle school afterschool programs twice a week and full day programming on Saturdays.  In the summer the Instructor will support the 7-week middle school youth development program, as well as youth events throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The Middle School Programs Instructor position reports to the Middle School Program Manager. This is a year-round, part time position that includes benefits. The position works a part-time schedule during the school year, 26 hours per week mid- August through May, and up to full time hours during the summer June through Mid-August.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:


  • This is a teaching position that includes mentoring and implementing programing for middle school age youth.
  • Lead Instructor for the Urban Trail Blazer’s middle school program during the summer.
  • Responsible for the physical and emotional safety of the youth participating in the program at all time.
  • Coordination of monthly assessment of youth’s goals and development.
  • Supports coordination of youth leadership related events, projects, the end of the program celebration with friends and family.
  • Coordinates leadership roles for youth at program events and activities.
  • Leads service projects, field trips, special events, and no less than 7 overnight activities.
  • Lead instructor for several overnight trips with youth.
  • Coordinates the youth leadership headquarters program space and program resources.
  • Perform administrative tasks associated with job and other duties as needed.
  • Supervises additional volunteers and interns as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working with Middle School age youth from underserved communities in Bay Area.
  • Experience mentoring and helping youth set goals.
  • Interpersonal skills: considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful, and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations.
  • Commitment to education, youth development, and social justice.
  • Knowledge of San Francisco Bay Area’s environmental and social justice challenges. Ability to make connections between environmental and social issues.
  • Ability to connect with diverse groups of youth. Interest and ability to make curriculum relevant to youth audiences. Understanding of issues related to the urban environment, as well as current local, regional, and global events that may impact the communities that youth are part of.
  • Experience working with underserved communities in San Francisco, including high school aged youth.
  • Teamwork: Contributes to achieving group goals and supports the organization’s mission. Relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations. Collaboratively develop curriculum and brainstorm lesson plans. Able to co-lead programs. Balances team and individual responsibilities.
  • Good Judgment: Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Able to analyze calculated risks while prioritizing the safety of both staff and campers. Includes appropriate staff and/or community members in decision-making process.
  • Flexible: Balances team and individual responsibilities. Able to work in a variety of outdoor and indoor environments, including a flexible work schedule that does include some overnights, as well as weeknight and weekend trainings before the start of summer. Able to change or revise lessons on-the-spot based on the group’s needs.
  • Ability to stay positive, energetic and creative during program planning and implementation.
  • Ability to take initiative and recognize what tasks need to be done.
  • Ability to receive direction and feedback in a constructive manner.
  • Ability to stay organized and pay attention to detail.
  • Leadership: exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience [IS1] teaching or mentoring middle or high school students
  • CPR and First Aid certification. Training can be provided after hire if necessary.
  • Multilingual: Able to speak language(s) other than English that serve Bay Area communities.
  • Experience teaching in informal and outdoor settings
  • Education, experience, or a strong interest environmental and social issues, education, youth development [IS2] 
  • A valid California Driver’s License with 2 years of driving experience. Must be eligible for coverage by Company insurance carrier and be willing to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Interest in media, audio/visual technology and video editing
  • Past youth program participants are encouraged to apply (ie. IYEL, LINC).


  • This is a benefitted, part-time position working 26 hours per week, from August to May and full time from June to August. Compensation for this position will be commensurate with work experience, skills, and educational background. 

Please apply:  http://www.parksconservancy.org/about/jobs/

Application due date August 27, 2018.

No phone calls please. 

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

High School