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Gaia Girls Passages is Hiring!

Auntie & Nature Based Mentor

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 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 working 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 ability to step forward and step back when 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
*We recognize and honor the questioning of more traditional gender stereotypes. In addition to cis girls (gender matches sex assigned at birth), we include in our definition of “girl” those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming who feel that Gaia Girls is a supportive home for them. In addition, all sexual orientations are welcome. Men and boys are welcome on special days when explicitly invited, but can not be participants of GGP unto themselves.

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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