Do you like to work with kids? Would you like to live and work in a pristine environment that's away from the city, but still not far away? CHOSS is located at Highland Springs Resort, a historic, 2400-acre property, certified organic farm with miles of hiking trails. There is a fine dining steakhouse on site as well as resort amenities.


Join a closely knit and supportive staff. Watch yourself grow as an individual and a teacher as you learn about this amazingly diverse area, research and develop your own lesson plans, design work projects, brainstorm and share ideas with your peers and teach elementary school students a sense of community, responsibility, and sustainability in a relaxed work environment.


CHOSS has an incredibly diverse representation of flora and fauna and not to mention tons of chaparral. We share the property with Highland Springs Resort, and working and living here is definitely an enjoyable experience. We have access to the resorts swimming pool (open seasonally May through Oct) workout room, tennis courts and basketball courts, and best of all The Grand Oak Steakhouse & Bar. Yes there is a restaurant and bar on property!


We are approx 90 miles east of LA & Hollywood, 50 miles from Joshua Tree National Park and even closer 25 miles from Palm Springs.  Southern California is an amazing place to work and live and CHOSS is in a great location to explore everything.


All staff is trained in First Aid and CPR, must be able to pass a fingerprint and/or Livescan criminal background check by the Dept of Justice and/or FBI, and participates in an intensive training program prior to the start of the work season.


We are proud of our staff, and we invite you to take a look at everyone who eats, drinks, sleeps, sweats, cleans and ultimately has a ton of fun. Who knows... maybe you'll want to become one of them!


MIN QUALIFICATIONS: BA/BS/B.Ed from 4yr college/university, valid and current First Aid and CPR certificates, must be able to pass a fingerprint and/or livescan criminal background check from Dept of Justice and/or FBI..


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: BA/BS/B.Ed from 4yr college/university, valid and current First Aid and CPR certificates, valid and current Lifeguard, WFA or WFR certificates, 2yrs (48 months) work experience in Outdoor/Environmental Ed program, Project WET, WILD, FLYING WILD, Aquatic or Learning Tree training, Low/High Ropes, Belay, Team building, Leave No Trace ethics training, Coaching, Girls/Boy Scouts experience, Babysitting, Daycare work experience, Classroom, ESL teaching experience.


BENEFITS: Meals (first lunch through last breakfast when program is in session), Housing (seven days a week, no need to move out on the weekends or pay for utilities!), access to resort facilities, benefits after 1 year and a monetary bonus, daily pay rate of $75 - $90 per day (to start) depending on qualifications and work experience with the potential to earn up to $120 per day.


Mail, fax or e-mail your cover letter, resume and either of the following, three professional references or three professional letters of recommendation (one from most recent employer) to:


Peter Keem, Camp Director

Phone: (951) 845-1151

Fax: (951) 845-8090


Your application will not be considered for employment if it is incomplete. You must submit all of the following; cover letter, resume, three professional references or three professional letters of recommendation. If your application is selected, you will be contacted within 72hrs and an interview will be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Due to the volume of applications received, we apologize in advance as no telephone inquiries will be accepted.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!



Who We Hire

The best suggestions and ideas in the world are useless if there isn't the right person and/or staff to carry them out. The success of CHOSS as a result depends largely upon the quality of staff who work here season after season and year after year. This is precisely why CHOSS searches and selects individuals who in no particular order are educated, qualified, experienced, thoroughly enjoy working with students are excellent teachers and are passionate about and have a deep concern for the Earth.


Our staff is from all over the United States and sometimes staff is from Canada, New Zealand and even South Korea. Each individual brings his/her own unique knowledge and experience to our program no matter where they are from. In sharing our collective knowledge, CHOSS is not only an inspiring place for students that attend but also for staff that work here.


As great as CHOSS is, being an Outdoor Educator here or anywhere else for that matter is not an easy job. Seriously it isn't. Teaching elementary school students is extremely challenging, and you must have the stamina and a positive attitude and mentality to effectively teach them. At CHOSS we work hard and play even harder (usually on weekends J), always maintaining the emphasis on safety, learning and fun which also happen to be the three goals of the program. All staff help maintain program equipment, do maintenance, clean showers, bathrooms and even scrub toilets J. Ever interview for a job over the telephone and it sounds too good to be true, sign a contract, accept the position, show up and after the first day realize "OMG" you made a really big mistake? Please read our FAQ section carefully. It is our attempt to provide FULL DISCLOSURE so the situation described precisely DOES NOT HAPPEN TO YOU. After reading our FAQs if you feel this program and the position is suitable and a good fit follow the application process below. Our program is creative, innovative, flexible and dynamic and we need individuals with similar traits. If you are tolerant and react to situations and people positively you should definitely apply to work at CHOSS!

12 Reasons to Work for CHOSS

1. $75-$90 per day for each day worked depending on qualifications and experience (up to $120 per day).


2. Housing provided 7 days a week throughout contracted employment period (no need to move out on the weekends or pay for utilities).


3. Meals provided when programs are in session (first lunch to last breakfast / non meat option available for vegetarian diet).


4. Kitchen facility (oven, stove, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, dual compartment sink, flatware, utensils, pans, pots, etc) available for staff to prepare personal food when programs not in session and to use on weekends. Wood cabinets, Rubbermaid, Tupperware and Pyrex(glass) containers available to store personal food.


5. Access to Highland Springs Resort facilities (swimming pool - open seasonally from May through Oct, exercise area for stretching, Yoga, Pilates, campfire pit, hiking trails, basketball court.)


6. Staff lounge with wireless internet/laptop computer/printer and recycled paper to use.


7. Storage available for staff bicycles, luggage, misc items (scuba gear, etc).


8. Laundry facility (washer/dryer/dry racks to save energy).


9. Paid training for First Aid/CPR recertification upon successful completion of two consecutive work seasons.


10. Work uniform provided (baseball style or ranger hat to wear if so desired, collared polo shirt, round neck t-shirt, hoodie – you are required to wear your own pants).


11. Staff outings for dinner and dessert.


12. Join a qualified, experienced, professional group of outdoor educators at CHOSS that absolutely, positively love working with students in a positive, family like work environment.

© 2015 Camp Highland Outdoor Science School (CHOSS). 10600 Highland Springs Avenue, Cherry Valley, California 9223 USA

Telephone 951-845-1151     Fax 951-845-8090