Fog and Nature

want to join our team?

now accepting applications for bearfoot's nature-based occupational therapy residency position

Are you an occupational therapy practitioner (OTR/L or COTA) that is seeking to expand your impact in this world through nature-based pediatric occupational therapy?


Do you want to be mentored on all of the ins and outs of being a nature-based OT expert?


Do you have the ambition, work ethic and passion to fully dive into this amazing, niche practice area?


We are offering a once and a lifetime residency for you to learn, grow, and thrive! 



Bearfoot OT is currently seeking a COTA or OTR/L with a passion to develop the necessary skills to become an expert as a nature-based practitioner. This role requires someone willing to invest in themselves, trade the initial rate of pay, and be in a place to work hard and deliver exponential value in exchange for this once in a lifetime mentorship. We understand this is not the right fit for everyone but the value you will get from this residency is priceless. 


Here are the basic details:

Our resident will be working 40 hours per week in which they are getting one on one training, mentorship, coursework, and other areas to further their clinical development in nature-based therapy. Our resident would receive a base pay rate to train, observe, learn while the resident develops the necessary skill sets. As time progresses, the resident will begin to lead 1:1 direct therapy in addition to facilitating social groups and therapeutic summer camps. As billable hours increase, so will your compensation! The caseload will increase as the resident’s nature-based confidence increases, moving from fully supported, to minimally supported, to independent. Throughout this exponential learning journey, the resident will retain access to mentorship and support from your clinical supervisor. 

This is not a get-hired-and-immediately-get-thrown-into-treatment type of situation. This is not a let’s-try-it-out for 3 months job. This is an opportunity for you to grow with Bearfoot, supported from the beginning and throughout to meet your career goals and change the lives of kids and families. There is exponential development both professionally and financially for the right candidate but understanding it can take time for the financial opportunity to develop. Clearly put - you have to be willing to trade the level of compensation for the initial 6 months, but your earning potential after 6 months is competitive with other niche private practice employment opportunities.

This is not your normal job posting and it’s not your typical job.


Imagine a day job when you are outside every day, climbing trees, hiking in nature and changing lives. Where you are providing comprehensive, wraparound care for families so they feel supported and empowered. Where you can avoid burnout that happens when you are in a job where you’re required to see a zillion kids each week. 

Imagine starting a job with high levels of mentorship, training and support before you’re expected to get out there and be with kids in the woods. To feel like you are being set up for success and growth in a work environment that wants you to succeed. Where you aren’t a cog in the machine, but instead an integral part of the magic that happens, and your growth as a therapist is a priority.

Availability: You must be available Monday-Friday from 9:30-5:30. Please note that this position only includes paid sick leave. There are no health benefits or additional time off benefits at this time. 

Compensation: Resident compensation to start between $52,000 to $65,000 plus bonus pay structure as billable hours increase 

Location: San Francisco Bay Area 

Job Functions: 

  • Conducting initial assessments of new clients to determine the appropriateness of OT services

  • Preparing written summaries of assessment findings for presentation to families

  • Meeting with families to report on assessment findings and review written

  • Conducting individualized treatment sessions with clients during which your strong foundation in the following skill sets will be drawn upon: sensory integration, fine motor skills/handwriting, gross motor skills, muscle tone and postural control, motor planning skills, visual perceptual skills, executive functions, social-emotional intervention, and self-regulation 

  • Conducting and leading group therapy sessions and therapeutic summer camps

  • Documentation of treatment sessions with supporting clinical notes

  • Communication with parents regarding therapy carryover at home following treatment sessions

  • Communication with teachers and other involved professionals as necessary to facilitate the therapy process in the home and school environments

  • Conducting regular periodic meetings with families to report on progress of therapy and receive parent feedback

  • Managing your client caseload around clients' school and extracurricular activities to ensure treatment is provided consistently as recommended in the initial treatment program


Job Requirements:

  • Current California Occupational Therapist Licensure (OTR/L) or COTA license 

  • CPR and First Aid Certified

  • TB Test

  • Eligible to work in the United States

  • Must currently reside in the Bay Area 

  • Able to lift/carry up to 50 pounds

  • Able to hike, climb trees, carry backpack and supplies during therapy sessions

  • Able to be joyful outside in ANY weather

  • Reliable transportation - Bearfoot operates at three different locations throughout the Bay Area


Application Process:

If you are interested in being considered, please email with your resume and cover letter and complete our questionnaire.