College degree in the field of science, education, outdoor recreation, or related field. Previous experience working with children required, grades 4th - 6th preferred. Work with music or performance is beneficial. Valid driver’s license, clear fingerprints and background check, and negative TB test. First aid and CPR/AED required. WFA/WFR/Lifeguard Certification beneficial, but not required. Ability to hike up to five miles per day in all weather conditions. Ability and willingness to live responsibly in shared housing in a remote setting.
Commitment: August 5, 2020 - June 11, 2021
Compensation: $2,200/month stipend
Application: Hiring has been completed for the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back in January 2021 for information on applying for the 2021-2022 school year.
Questions? Contact Brandy Lively at [email protected] or (209) 532-3691.
While working as a Naturalist Intern you will live in
modern, on-site housing. There are two Naturalist Intern houses which were
built in 2013. You will be provided with your own private bedroom and shared
bathroom. Each house has a common living room, kitchen with modern amenities,
and a washer and dryer. This living arrangement provides you with the
convenience of living on-site and the fun experience of sharing a house with
The houses are fully furnished homes with all the basics you
will need. Each bedroom comes equipped with a twin bed, lamp, desk, closet, and
dresser. The kitchen has basic kitchenware and a dishwasher. The living room has a couch, coffee table,
and a TV/DVD player.
While there are students on-site the Food Services team will provide basic staples for the intern use, such as: flour, sugar, lentils, eggs, milk, rice, pasta, butter, onions, and more. Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, we are unable to serve staff in the dining hall at this time.
Pro-deals with select outfitters
Financial assistance for one outdoor education related conference
One paid day to visit and observe another environmental education program in the region
OFF THE CLOCK
Our campus may be remote, but that does not mean there is a lack of things to do. The local area offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more! The nearby towns of Sonora, Twain Harte, and Columbia offer coffee shops, restaurants, museums, farmers markets, movie theater, and shopping. Past interns have brought a variety of recreational items such as instruments, soccer balls, craft supplies, movies, board games, books, and more to use during their free time. You can use most of our school’s facilities when not in use by our guests, such as the gym, weight room, climbing wall, mountain bikes, and basketball courts.
Driving Times to
We are about
30 minutes from the town of Sonora and 20 minutes from Twain Harte or Columbia. There are many places to eat, hike, climb, shop, and explore in and around these town.
1 hour from Murphys, Angels Camp, and Pinecrest Lake/Dodge Ridge ski resort. A little over an hour from Calaveras Big Trees Stat Park and Emigrant Wilderness Area.
2 hours from Sacramento, Bear Valley ski resort, and Yosemite National Park.
3 hours from South Lake Tahoe, Fresno, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
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