Naturalist Internship
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Sierra Outdoor School
Sonora, CA, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago

Naturalist Internship

Sierra Outdoor School is a training ground for those interested in the field of Outdoor Education or Interpretation. Naturalist Interns will grow under the guidance of our experienced permanent Naturalists and Program Coordinators, learning a variety of classes, activities, and skills. Interns will teach science classes, cultural history lessons, facilitate low ropes and team building activities, as well as learn how to belay and facilitate high rope elements. Interns receive training in all classes before they teach on their own.

Additionally, paid training is provided throughout the year in areas including: 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.


• 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 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 Certification beneficial, but not required.
• High ropes/climbing experience beneficial, but not required.
• Ability to hike up to five miles per day in all weather conditions and lift between 10-50 pounds.
• Self-motivated, positive, energetic, and passionate about teaching and the outdoors.
• Willingness to live on site, in shared housing, in a remote setting.

Commitment: Starts late Fall 2021 or early Winter 2022. Ends June 10, 2022.

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 $2,160. Private bedroom in shared house, paid training, worker’s compensation, $150 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!

Application Deadline: Until filled.

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