Naturalist Internship

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Sonora, CA
United States

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Job Category:

Internship

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

Through a combination of hands-on and guided learning experiences, interns will become better educators and naturalists.  Under the guidance and supervision of our experienced permanent Naturalists and Program Coordinators, Naturalist Interns will learn a variety of classes, activities, and skills.  Over the ten month internship, interns will teach science and cultural history based classes, facilitate low ropes and team building activities, as well as learn how to belay and facilitate high rope elements and a zip line.  Interns receive training in all classes before they teach on their own.

Additionally, paid training sessions are provided throughout the year in areas including: pedagogy and educational theory, classroom and group management, background in relevant sciences, and local natural and cultural history.  Sierra Outdoor School also has an impressive Raptor Center. Interns will have the opportunity to learn non-releasable raptor management including feeding, handling, and teaching with the birds if this is an area of interest.  

Qualifications: 

  • College degree in the field of science, education, recreation, or related fields. 
  • Previous experience working with children required.  Grades 4th-6th preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license, clear fingerprints and background check, and negative TB test.
  • First aid and CPR required. WFA/WFR/Lifeguard Certification beneficial, but not required.
  • Ability to hike up to five miles per day in all weather conditions. 
  • Self-motivated, positive, energetic, and passionate about teaching and the outdoors.
  • Willingness to live on site, in shared housing, in a remote setting.

Location:  Sierra Outdoor School is located in the Stanislaus National Forest at an elevation of 4100’ in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The nearest towns are Sonora, Columbia, and Twain Harte.

Salary/Benefits:  Base monthly stipend of $1,650.   Private bedroom in shared house, meals (when school is in session), paid training, worker’s compensation, one hundred and fifty dollars towards a conference, a paid day to visit another environmental education program, live and work in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with other awesome educators!

2017-2018 Intern Commitment:  August 6, 2017 – June 15, 2018                                            

Application Deadline:  Until filled.        

How to Apply:

Application process: Letter of interest, resume, three references, and our district application (available from our website) http://sos.cusd.com/staff/employment/naturalist-internship/

Questions? Contact Brandy Lively at 209-532-3691 or brandylively@cusd.com.

Submit by Mail:

Attn: Brandy Lively - Program Coordinator I
Sierra Outdoor School
15700 Old Oak Ranch Road
Sonora, CA  95370

Submit by Email: brandylively@cusd.com
Subject Line: Naturalist Intern Application