Naturalist Intern

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:00pm



La Honda, CA
United States

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San Mateo Outdoor Education is a residential environmental education program located on 1000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the San Francisco Bay Area of California, 12 miles from the coast.  School groups of 180-200 fifth and sixth grade students spend five days and four nights studying the redwood forest, oak woodlands, pond, and organic garden through guided exploration and hands-on learning.  The California coast provides exceptional opportunities for a fieldtrip day to discover sea life in the tide pools, watch the migration of Gray Whales, observe of harbor seals colonies, and explore a coastal marsh. Ultimately, we wish to provide an environmental education experience that brings about a greater social awareness for students from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and increases students’ knowledge and appreciation of nature.

Position Description:

During the first weeks, interns receive intensive training to prepare them for teaching environmental education classes on a variety of subjects in a variety of settings.  In addition to teaching in the daytime, interns participate in evening activities that include campfires, night hikes, and folk dance.  Staff training is ongoing throughout the year with Friday in-services. Duties include teaching major concepts to fifth and sixth graders, ensuring a safe learning environment for students, counseling students, and acting as liaison with teachers.

The internship period is a full school year. There is a two-week training period during which the Interns become familiar with the program content. This includes a variety of workshops, community building activities, and orientation to the site.  During the year, a variety of in-services, workshops, and field trips will be held. 


College graduate. You must have a strong interest in environmental education demonstrated by previous teaching experience and/or coursework in the natural sciences.  You should be flexible, enthusiastic, and enjoy working with kids.  Singing or other musical talents are also useful. 

Apply early and by 4/15. For more information about the program, internship and goals, go to:

How to Apply:

For the18/19 School Year: Send resume, cover letter, and three references including: name, phone number and email. Also complete the classified application for employment on the lower right of the following web page: