Full-time Core Educator

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Sierra Nevada Journeys Sacramento team
Sierra Nevada Journeys Sacramento team


Sacramento, CA
United States

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Sierra Nevada Journeys is seeking a dynamic education professional to help expand the program base for Sierra Nevada Journeys in Sacramento, CA. This position requires a motivated individual with an engaging personality and an insistence on excellence who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking capacity through outdoor science education across classrooms that mirror the demographics in Northern California. We are seeking someone prepared to teach in a variety of settings (classroom, outdoors, Family Science Nights), recruit and lead volunteers and interns, and support the overall operations of the Sacramento division. The position requires an individual who is able to thrive independently and work well on a team, and who is committed to supporting a non-profit on the cutting edge of the Informal Education industry. The Core Educator will report directly to Sierra Nevada Journeys' Sacramento Program Director.


  • Education 85%
    • Teach Sierra Nevada Journeys' programs in the classroom and field and lead Family Science Nights. Typical programs may include the following:
      • Classrooms Unleashed programs consist of 4 lesson units based on topics including Watershed, Earth Science and Life Science, and culminate with an outdoor field study at a local natural area. 
      • Outdoor field studies include leading trail groups of 12-20 students through a variety of field-based science activities during ½ day field trips to local natural areas.
      • Family Science Night events hosted by Sierra Nevada Journeys at schools for parent engagement. Lead science stations and engineering challenges.
    • Deliver and analyze student assessment and teacher program evaluations for program feedback and improvement.
    • Summers: Depends on applicant.  Program development, curriculum writing, and/or supporting, teaching or observing other Sierra Nevada Journeys programs.   
  • Volunteer Recruitment/Training 15%
    • Recruit volunteers and interns to support at Family Science Nights and Classrooms Unleashed field studies.
    • Represent Sierra Nevada Journeys at career and internship fairs, describing volunteer, internship, and paid opportunities with Sierra Nevada Journeys
    • Conduct outreach to local businesses and volunteer organizations to recruit volunteers
    • Support preparation and execution of volunteer and internship trainings


  • 2+ years teaching experience (credential required, California preferred)
  • Excellent written, phone and in-person professional communication skills
  • Current Red Cross CPR and First Aid (or willing to fulfill this requirement prior to start date)
  • Ability to pass background check
  • Passionate commitment to providing opportunities for/working with kids of all backgrounds
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that is fast-paced, creative, dynamic, and growing
  • The ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and hike 4-5 miles with a backpack
  • Reliable vehicle (ability to drive to school and field sites in and around a large city)


  • Higher education degree in related field
  • Wilderness First Responder certification


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How to Apply:

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to jobs@sierranevadajourneys.org. In the subject line of your email please include “California Core Educator” and your last name.

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Sarah Barnes

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