Connecting children and nature

Volunteer or Work With WYP

Volunteer and staff mentors are the heart of WYP

WYP participants are happier, healthier and smarter, feel a sustained connection to nature, and are peaceful, self-aware community members.

That's because WYP mentors (staff and volunteers) lead and follow, supporting the child-centered experiences we offer. 

WYP programs are possible because of volunteers.  We'd love for you to consider joining our team of volunteers!

Wilderness Youth Project Mentor & Participant

Work With WYP

Open Position: Outdoor Early Childhood Program (Woolly Bears) Lead/North Program Staff

This position leads the Goleta Woolly Bears program, which runs four days a week (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 to 1:30 pm). The Woolly Bears Program staff are responsible for the creation and implementation of WYP’s outdoor early childhood program. This position begins in mid August 2024, at the commencement of WYP’s school year programs.

Open Position: Transportation Coordinator & Driver for Summer Camps 2024

This paid position primarily serves as a driver for summer transportation routes that pick up youth from their neighborhoods and bring them to meet up spots for WYP’s summer camps. This position is a temporary/seasonal summer position for 3 months (June 10th - August 16, 2024). There are also opportunities to help with other van-related tasks/errands and provide support to our program mentors and registrar team when needed.

Not what you're looking for? Please consider becoming a volunteer or reaching out to us at to introduce yourself.

We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

All children need nature. Not just the ones whose families have privilege and easy access to nature. Not only those of a certain race or economic class or culture or gender or sexual identity or language or set of abilities. Every child and every family.

WYP is committed to learning and growing our ability to live the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

WYP is committed to granting equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons. Affirmative action considerations will be used in the selection process.