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26 Aug 2021

Part-Time B’naiture Mentor

Wilderness Torah – Posted by Bay Area, California

Job Description

B’naiture is a two-year nature-based mentorship program for youth ages 11 to 13. B’naiture weaves Jewish teachings, story, and song with personal challenges, outdoor skills, non-parental mentorship, peer group community building, and nature awareness activities to provide an embodied way for youth to explore coming-of-age. A parallel parent group explores how to best support their children at this critical time. As a B’naiture mentor, your role is to provide nature-based games, challenges, crafts, stories, Jewish and nature-based learning, and facilitate core routines, councils and ceremonies to facilitate the youth coming-of-age experience.

Participants meet with mentors as a group for three camping trips per year and twice monthly.

What We Are Looking For in a B’naiture Mentor:


  • A willingness to learn new things
  • Able to have follow through and hold responsibility with details, e.g. arriving for meetings on time, coming to B’naiture sessions prepared with materials and teaching you have agreed to.
  • Ideally, a knowledge of Jewish stories, songs, and teachings is helpful
  • Knowledge of the Eight Shields model is helpful


  • A love of the natural world
  • An ability to be a team player, as much of what we create is a collaboration of our ideas and experience.
  • Ability to lead groups, create community
  • Experience and love of teaching, mentoring, working with children ages 11-13


  • Specific nature-based and wilderness skills you are excited to teach!
  • Music experience is a plus
  • Strong body; able to be outside in various weather conditions, from very hot to extremely rainy and wet with a bright attitude that inspires the youth

Being a B’naiture Mentor Means: 


  • Being a part of planning meetings to dream and vision the upcoming program
  • Having a connection to Spirit/Nature/Creation that you bring to your work and share with children in appropriate ways


  • Being part of the collaborative process with the other mentors to create fun, educational, effective plans for all program days
  • Being aware of potential hazards and keeping children safe
  • Making children and parents feel warm and welcomed into the community we are creating


  • Facilitating ice-breakers, active games, and wilderness games
  • Running around and being silly, wild, spontaneous with the children


  • Executing curriculum plan with the youth onsite
  • Holding boundaries and holding children accountable for behavior
  • Arriving on time for all scheduled meetings and programs


  • Being willing to shift according to what is needed in the moment (the 50/50 principle: plan for half and know the rest will be on the fly)
  • Creating edge experiences that are also safe and take the child’s health and wellbeing into account
  • Paying attention to the specific needs of each child and responding
  • First Aid Certification and Experience


  • Creating a safe space where children feel comfortable sharing from their hearts
  • Speaking to the whole group, telling stories, leading a song, and captivating group attention
  • Knowing your gifts and your edges.  Each person on our team has different gifts and edges.  This is important to know so that we can function as a cohesive unit… and we don’t each have to do it all ourselves!


  • Becoming familiar with the B’naiture curriculum and the 8 Shields model
  • Honoring elders who come to share with us
  • Understanding, Honoring, and Teaching Jewish stories, values and traditions


  • Holding the big picture of the overall goals of the program
  • Holding the vision of a reality where what we’re doing is no longer a “program,” but a way of life!

Mentors Are Required to Attend the Following Programs:

  • Training Campout: August 27-29, 2021
  • Program days:
  • Staff Meetings: About 4 hours/month, used to create plans for each day and to evaluate and debrief what we are doing.  Staff meetings will be planned at the beginning of the year to be on the off weeks when there is no program scheduled.
  • Personal Preparation time: Approximately 1 hour spent per session prepping lessons and materials including skills you are teaching, gathering or buying food or supplies
  • Parent Meetings:  6 hours of meeting with parents of specific children
  • In addition to these hours, some additional duties may arise.

Pay and Benefits:

  • Pay is competitive and based on experience.  The mentor is a temporary employee and contractor with Wilderness Torah.  Salary is based on the hours and duties outlined in the guidelines above.
  • Receive training and ground time teaching wilderness awareness and nature skills
  • Deepen your connection to Jewish teachings that connect to the earth
  • Create deep relationships with WT staff, other mentors, parents and with the children
  • Be a mentor that can inspire a young person as they walk into their teenage years!
  • As B’naiture and our other youth program B’hootz grow, there is potential for more work

**Note: If you would like to work with us but do not have enough previous experience, we are also looking for some Junior Mentors and Apprentices.


How to Apply

Send a resume and letter of interest to YP Director Itamar Cohn,

Job Categories: Education/Teaching. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: Educator, Experiential, jewish, Mentor, Nature, Outdoors, and teacher.

Job expires in 58 days.

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