15700 Old Oak Ranch Road Sonora, CA 95370  |  (209) 532–3691

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Join a dedicated staff that is committed to providing both quality outdoor education for our guests as well as providing high quality training for our Naturalist Interns. As an Intern you will be mentored and trained to teach 4th-6th grade students in science concepts, cultural history, team building, low ropes elements, and learn how to facilitate our high ropes course. This position involves leading small and large groups of students in day classes, evening classes and field trips. (No overnight supervision of students is required.) All in a beautiful outdoor setting in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Training continues throughout the school year as you learn more of our classes, natural history, interpretation, group management and receive job search counseling. For those interested, there is the option to learn how to care for and handle non-releasable raptors at our Raptor Center. Naturalist Interns will also have the opportunity to leave their mark at SOS by conceptualizing, organizing, and implementing an intern project.


Life as a Naturalist Intern

Naturalist Internship Job Description


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



Staff Housing

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 fellow interns.

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. 


Other Perks

      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



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 Local Attractions

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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15700 Old Oak Ranch Road
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532–3691

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