Youth Program Facilitator

Quail Springs is a leading environmental educational nonprofit that empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health.Quail Springs Mission Statement

Founded in 2004, Quail Springs is a leading educational nonprofit stewarding a 450-acre, high desert permaculture farm and conservation site. We teach strategies and techniques for designing resilient environments and creating healthy and culturally vibrant communities. Quail Springs mission is to empower students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health. We believe the most effective way to foster positive change is through our relationships, with one another and our ecologies.

Our goal on the farm is to provide as much of our daily food as possible throughout the year for staff, students and visitors to Quail Springs Farm, as well as for our food-giving animals. We do this through our mixed food forest and garden systems and holistic, integrated food producing animal systems. The residents and staff are a dedicated group of teachers, farmers, natural builders, inspired chefs, and land stewards who strive to further our non-profit’s mission through working, living, and teaching within the ethics of Permaculture. Our community focuses on providing top quality education through our courses, tending and rehabilitating the land on which we are situated, creating culture through food, music and farming, and outreach to people seeking regenerative lifestyles.

This opportunity offers extensive practical opportunities to learn about the day-to-day operations of a full-time functioning Permaculture farm and educational organization, and is geared specifically for those deeply interested in and drawn to work long-term in community in a supportive role. We are looking for individuals who embrace simple, remote, rural living: successful applicants are able to live and work in the same community, while striking a work/life balance. They are inclusive, flexible, comfortable in groups, creative problem solvers, and are able to manage themselves through a wide range of challenges. High energy, a good sense of humor, strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn and to teach are essential attributes.

Position Description

The program facilitator works directly with the Program Coordinator and program team, implementing Quail Springs’ youth programs. This includes being part of a core program team focused on delivering programming to Quail Springs’ collection of elementary, high school, and college-age students that come throughout the year. This person will be leading or co-leading activities, helping collaborate on flow and content, and helping programs to run smoothly. This is an intermittent position, with programs scheduled six months in advance to offer plenty of lead time. When programs are running, the position will be full-time and require an estimated 8-10 hours per day. In the past, some of the types of skills/activities we’ve offered have included: nature awareness activities, animal tracking, watershed restoration, crafts, helping with farm chores (tending chickens, ducks, rabbits, and milking goats), walking goats, making cheese and bread, felting, making cordage, home-harvested pottery, scavenger hunt tours, natural building, fire by friction, shelter building, barefoot hiking, basketry, planting and harvesting in the garden. Generally, the schedule we create is based off of a client group’s interests, developmental appropriateness, and the expertise of available facilitators.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Be part of a team of facilitators, including the program coordinator and several Quail Springs residents, and will be expected to collaborate and work as a team

  • Be in touch with Program Coordinator to discuss client, curriculum and course schedule in advance of program

  • Arrive 2 days before the course is scheduled to begin, remain at QS during the entire program, and leave a minimum of 3 hours after the course ends to allow for debriefing and cleaning up

  • Collaborate on creation of schedule, including listing the skills they could offer to a particular age group

  • Help co-lead and lead opening circles, group games, songs and campfires

  • Meet with other facilitators throughout the program, including morning and evening as needed

  • Engage with and build relationship with school group teachers and parents

  • Hold to all Quail Springs community agreements and hold safe, appropriate space for guests

  • May be called upon to assist with special projects

  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Help orient students to the land, campground, kitchen and facilities

Qualities & Qualifications of the Ideal Person

  • Desire to work with children’s and adult programming

  • High attention to detail & exceptional organizational skills

  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing situations

  • Good interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and a good sense of humor

  • Willingness to engage in more mundane community chores (laundry, cleaning, etc.) and a strong spirit of volunteerism on community projects

  • Effective communication skills (good writing and editing skills a plus)

  • Familiarity with the 8-shields acorn model highly advantageous

  • Cultural sensitivity & ability to adapt working style

  • Desire and ability to work in a team

  • Ability to self-regulate and take initiative, strong work ethic

  • LGBTQ folks and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply

  • We value relevant life experiences that demonstrate qualification as much as education


Quail Springs Permaculture is based near Ventucopa, California in the Cuyama Valley. You must be located within a reasonable driving distance (within several hours) of Quail Springs.

Time Commitment

QS is looking for someone who can be hired on an as-needed basis for program facilitation. The primary program seasons are mid-September through mid-November and mid-January through mid-May. You should expect to work one or two weeks in the fall and spring

Working & Living Conditions

There are anywhere from 10-20 other people living and working on site towards the mission of the organization. The site is remote, with limited communications (cell phones do not work, and internet and phone service is limited to the office/classroom area). We have a very small office or RV as our indoor working environments (at times the classroom is available). Quail Springs’ classroom and kitchen commons are two 30-foot yurts which are heavily used during programs. Work will be acute prior to, during, and just after programs and other events.

We provide camping space (with your own gear), nourishing food, a reference library, on-site phone service /internet, hundreds of acres of beautiful wilderness, a lively community atmosphere of various ages, and what many have deemed a treasured life-changing experience.


This position will be 8-10 hours per day during programs. Compensation is dependent on the program duration. Food & services are provided to the facilitator during the time they are here.

Quail Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Quail Springs is a drug-free site.


Thank you for your interest in the position of Program Facilitator for Quail Springs Permaculture. We look forward to learning more about you. Please complete the application below and our team will contact you as soon as possible.

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