Ventura Wild is totally dependent on the high level of inspiration and dedication in our staff and volunteers. 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.

Why get involved?

  1. Work outdoors / work at playing – There is nothing better than going to work in beautiful places with great kids and terrific co-leaders modeling the concepts of play, discovery, curiosity and joy.

  2. Be of service in your community – Bringing nature connection to children and families in our community provides a catalyst for stewardship, conservation, collaboration and shared appreciation which leads to ripple effects that can change the world.

  3. Receive excellent training –  for future employment working with children, in the conservation field, for parenting and most importantly in leading a nature connected life wherever you are and whatever you do.

How do I apply?

  1. Email the director, Heather King about your interest and availability.
  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. We recommend everyone volunteers for at least one program.