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The Gaia Girls Passages Hiring Process is Postponed Until Further Notice

Please check back sometime between April-May. If you’ve submitted an application, we will respond around that time. Thank you for your understanding.

Youth Mentor (apprentice & full mentor positions available)


Gaia Girls Passages’ is an organization dedicated to liberation and collective power, which offers coming of age programs for girls, female identified and gender expansive youth that cultivate relationships to self, others and land in a femme-centered, nature-connected, intergenerational community. GGP is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace collective, where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, economic status, sexual orientation or identity, education or ability, feel valued and respected.  We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach to hiring and workplace culture. We provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites. We welcome diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure all voices are heard and supported. We strive to offer belonging and sanctuary where difference, authenticity, personal and shared power are encouraged. We practice transparency, consent, and shared decision making throughout our organization. We encourage applications from African heritage people, Latinx people, Indigenous heritage people, Immigrants, LGBTQIA folx, Differently-Abled persons, Elders, and Young Adults.  Non-traditional work and learning histories are welcomed with no formal academic requirements.


Youth Mentor


East Bay, South Bay & Marin

Apply for Marin spring after school group by Feb 1

Apply for all East Bay, North Bay, and Santa Cruz positions by Summer By March 15, and apply for Fall Programs by April 15

Gaia Girls Passages connects youth to the natural world, builds confidence, voice, and leadership, supporting them through the changes from childhood to their teenage years through nature-based after school and summer programs forhi grades K-12. Gaia Girls is seeking passionate and dedicated youth mentors to join our growing team. Our goal is to create a diverse, highly skilled and passionate team of mentors for our 2020 summer programs and 2019-20 school year programs. 

All of the skills below are important, but above all you must deeply love working with youth, have a strong work ethic, be committed to racial and economic justice, and have a personal connection to the natural world and that which we are teaching. Please read through our website so that you have a thorough understanding of what we are up to, and apply if you feel that your passion and skills match well with what we are offering!

To apply to be a Youth Mentor aka “Auntie” for Gaia Girls you must…

  • Have a passion around empowering and supporting young girls
  • Have interest in creating long term relationships with the girls you serve
  • Know how to have fun with youth
  • Have a mature relationship with your inner world
  • Be a lifelong learner and filled with curiosity
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Know how to create an inclusive space where all feel welcomed
  • Enjoy being a part of a team
  • Have the ability to take space and make space as necessary
  • Be able to bring creativity and focus to the tasks or curriculum at hand
  • Be reliable and follow through with your commitments

In addition, we are looking for mentors with a proficiency in several of the following skills and/or a desire to learn (the more the better but we recognize that this is a diverse set of competencies). 

  • A deep connection to, knowledge and love of the natural world
  • Knowledge of plant lore and herbal medicine
  • Knowledge and proficiency in several ancestral skills or crafts such as fire making, basket weaving, carving, natural dyes, shelter building, and experience teaching them
  • Knowledge and skills in nature based mentoring and/or specifically the 8 shields model of cultural mentoring
  • Ability to lead groups of children and/or teens, read group energy, stick to a plan while responding to what is happening
  • Being a masterful conductor from stillness to play to focus and back again based on what is needed in the moment
  • Competency or interest in modeling and teaching skills of social and emotional intelligence
  • Experience, education and/or passion in Rites of Passage for girls
  • Competency or experience in facilitating dialogue about identity, class and race
  • Experience in organizing and/or engaging in civic, environmental, or social activism
  • Play an instrument and/or have ability to lead songs

Professional experience in at least one of the following areas is preferred:

  • Working with youth in 3rd– 8th grades
  • Working with girls specifically in 3rd-8th grades
  • Working in nature based settings
  • Working for an 8 shields organization
  • Teaching skills of social and emotional intelligence
  • Experience working with teams

** Contact with resume and cover letter for consideration.  We look forward to hearing from you!



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Phone: 510-731-0308

Address: 651 66th Street

Oakland, CA 94609


Most photography by Erika Gagnon

Gaia Girls Passages is a project of Gaia Passages, a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID # is 82-1688828 

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