Ventura Wild is totally dependent on the high level of inspiration and dedication in our staff. With a 4:1 ratio children to adult and a group size of 8-12 children, visiting swimming holes and other wild locations with a variety of hazards, group dynamics and lofty goals, the staff are the cornerstone of achieving our mission with each child and family.

Join Our Team

If you believe learning is a thing that comes from natural curiosity through play and life, then you might be interested in natural learning environments. If you so value your own nature connection you can’t help but share that with others, then please contact us. If you are flexible in your availability and have experience with children ages 2 – 15, then you will fit right in! 

Programs include 8 – 12 children and 2 – 3 staff. Summer programs are mid June – mid July 1 week day camps. Fall, Winter and Spring programs are 8 weeks long and are once a week classes for 2 or 3 hours.

We visit different local wilderness lands around Ojai and Ventura. We explore, play games, develop skills and do activities. We practice the art of questioning, 8 shields leadership mode, and non-violent communication. Through primitive skills, sensory awareness and play we strive to rebuild the natural foundation of belonging and confidence that comes from being in relationship to the earth and each other. 

How do I apply?

  1. Email the director, Heather King about your interest and availability. hking68@gmail.com
  2. Schedule an interview or attend a leader training.
  3. Shadow a class – this is the best way to see what we do, meet staff and kids and see if it is a good fit, and introduce yourself.
  4. Volunteer for a program – Take some time to learn how you are most inspired by this work with some volunteer time.