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Running Springs, CA

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Full-Time Job


This is a full-time seasonal position with hours scheduled according to group attendance and additional duties as assigned. Our calendar is almost sold out, so work will be available. You can expect to be in cabin no more than 80-85% of the time.

Pali is a Residential School Program.

Most weeks our instructors teach an activity group during the day and then take on the role of cabin instructor with responsibilities during meals and at night. Our science curriculum covers a broad array of topics such as alternative energy sources, squid dissection and herpetology. With California’s seismic history in mind, we test the strength of student's engineered structures.

Students also learn about aerodynamic principles as they build and launch rockets. We foster and encourage personal and social growth with the help of our team building sessions, low ropes course, three high ropes courses and quad zip lines. When the sun goes down, both instructors and students perform skits, learn about crepuscular animals while using their senses on a night hike, or turn up the music as the students perform karaoke.

In addition, students are able to gaze into the night as they learn about stars, planets and the galaxy their on way back to cabins. During cabin time, instructors can customize the students’ free time, gearing activities or relaxation time towards sharing personal passions like music or art, or adventuring out to play games during an exploratory hike.

By the end of the week, our instructors are able to reflect on both the rewards of working with children and teaching in the outdoors.


  • Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree

  • Extensive experience in the camping and/or experiential education fields.

  • Be comfortable and confident supervising and teaching students in large and small groups.

  • Must be able to have fun with kids, laugh at yourself and be silly!

  • Must have a good sense of humor.

  • Must have the ability to be flexible and adjust to changes quickly.

  • Must have the ability to work in a team environment with 45 other staff!

  • Have a positive attitude.

  • Handle concerns/issues in a constructive manner.

  • Must be able to receive constructive feedback and apply the information in the timely manner.

  • The ability to learn and execute the lessons/activities in an expansive curriculum.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Must pass a federal and state background check.

  • First Aid/CPR certification

  • With the right skill sets and motivations, entry level applicants will be considered.


$280.00 per week, and an extra $25.00 per day in cabin. Master’s Degree and/or Teaching Certificate considered for extra pay.

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Who we are

Pali Institute is a fast-paced and growing outdoor education program located in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. We use our unique outdoor setting to teach and challenge students in the fields of science, environmental ethics, outdoor skills, teambuilding, and leadership. We hire enthusiastic, outdoor-minded instructors ready to live and work in the mountains.

Fun Fact: Our Southern Californian locations and weekends off allow our employees to explore and play in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.