Nature Advocate Position

Are you passionate about protecting the natural environment? Do you love writing about nature and working with people? Do you enjoy inspiring others? Are you self-motivated and willing to challenge conventional wisdom?

If your answer to these questions is an enthusiastic yes, then please keep reading.

Position Description:

A job at the California Chaparral Institute, a research/educational/advocacy non-profit, is unlike any other you will ever have. You’ll be challenged as well as inspired. You’ll apply what you have learned in college and learn more. You’ll have the opportunity to change lives and shift public policy. Working closely with the Institute’s director, you will be advocating for and writing about California’s most characteristic, extensive ecosystem, the chaparral. You will be responsible for co-designing, coordinating, and expanding an innovative naturalist training program, monitoring public projects that threaten native shrubland habitats, co-authoring influential comment letters to government agencies, assisting in field research, and inspiring others to love nature as much as you do. You will be responsible for managing tasks across multiple projects simultaneously. Most importantly, your creativity will be allowed to expand in ways that challenge convention and yourself.

This is a full-time position for at least one year, located in Escondido, California.

Do the following activities inspire you?

– Collaborating to produce a program

– Writing

– California native plants

– Botanizing, bird watching, watching a colony of harvester ants go about their business

– Teaching

– Fighting for a cause

– Photography

– Video production/editing

– Hiking

Is the California Chaparral Institute looking for YOU? Yes, if you…

– Have strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

– Can work for extended periods of time in a basement office with four windows and a door that’s open when it’s warm out.

– Are willing to crawl under and through the chaparral.

– Have competent writing and public speaking skills (with the desire to become excellent).

– Can present a compelling personality on film.

– Are willing to travel and attend conferences/workshops throughout the state.

– Enjoy research.

– Have competent (or willing to learn) video editing/photography skills.

Education and Experience:

– A Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies or Life Sciences, or in need of a break after 2 or 3 of years of full-time university-level study in the same.

– A familiarity with native ecosystems in California


– Competitive salary for an environmental, non-profit organization (enough for an apartment, food, gas, and weekend escapes)

– Retirement savings account

– Casual, environmental-advocate dress

– Meeting senior leaders in environmental/science fields

To Apply:

Become familiar with our work by visiting our website at
Submit: 1) a sincere answer (500 words or less) to the following prompt: Why is nature important?

2) resume with photo

Send your materials via email to:

or if you prefer mail:

The California Chaparral Institute

PO Box 545

Escondido, CA 92033

Richard W. Halsey


The California Chaparral Institute

P.O. Box 545

Escondido, CA 92033


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