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11 Apr 2024

Other Outdoor Naturalist Intern

Sierra Outdoor School – Posted by emmaervolina Sonora, California, United States

Job Description

The 10-month Naturalist Internship at Sierra Outdoor School offers a unique experience for folks looking to get into the field of Environmental Education and develop their teaching skills in an outdoor setting. After weeks of paid training, Naturalist Interns will teach hands-on NGSS-aligned curriculum in natural sciences and local history to primarily 4th and 6th grade students participating in our Science and History programs. Additionally, they will belay students on our climbing wall and high ropes course, lead teambuilding initiatives and teach wilderness survival skills to students of all ages as part of our Adventure Program. Sierra Outdoor School also has an impressive Raptor Center. Naturalist Interns will have the opportunity to learn non-releasable raptor management including feeding, handling, and teaching with the birds as educational ambassadors.
Visiting teachers design their trip by selecting programming off a class menu with over 25 different class options. This means that Naturalist Interns will very rarely do the same thing every day, and gain invaluable experience in various subject areas including group management techniques, lesson planning, and much more. Naturalist Interns are mentored throughout the year by our experienced team of Naturalists and Program Coordinators and offered various training and professional development opportunities throughout this 10-month internship. Naturalist Interns work an average of 40-hour weeks, with almost all weekends off (all teaching staff rotate through weekend raptor-care duties resulting in each intern working 2 hours on the weekend 2-3 times per year).
Compensation: Monthly Stipend of $2,640
● Each Naturalist Intern will have their own private bedroom in a shared house. You will never need to sleep in dorms with students.
● Wilderness First Aid, CPR, & AED training at no cost
● Meals in the dining hall when students are being served
● Food staples provided on a weekly basis including pasta, milk, eggs, butter, quinoa, sugar, flour, lentils, etc.
● Paid day to visit another educational program
● $150 towards a conference
● Pro-deals with select outfitters
● Live and work in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Sonora, CA (just 1.5 hours from Yosemite)!

● College degree in science, education, recreation, or a related field preferred. Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience is acceptable.
● Previous experience working with children is preferred.
● Valid driver’s license, clear fingerprints and background check, and negative TB test.
● High ropes/climbing experience is beneficial, but not required.
● Ability to hike up to five miles per day in all weather conditions and lift between 10 – 50 lbs.
● Self-motivated, positive, energetic, and passionate about teaching and the outdoors.
● Willingness to live on site, in shared housing, in a remote setting.

How to Apply

To Apply: Fill out an application on Edjoin: For more information check out our website: Questions? Contact Emma Ervolina, Program Coordinator I, at 209-532-3691 or

Job Categories: Internship. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: adventure, environmental ed, environmental education, history, outdoor ed., outdoor education, outdoor school, paid internship, and Science.

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