Paid Internship Opportunity: Education and Recreation Intern – Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Deadline: 04/27/15)

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment LogoJob Title: Education and Recreation Intern
Company: Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
Location: Taylorsville, CA
Salary: $1,000/month
Application Deadline: April 27
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Job Type: Internship

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is looking for a dynamic individual to fill the position of Recreation and Education Intern. The intern will support the organization’s natural resource education work and conduct recreation surveys on national forest land. The Sierra Institute is engaged in a number of local educational projects involving local youth (grades 7-12). The Education and Recreation Intern will serve as a mentor and educator to teens, as well as assist with natural resource science programming. The position will be no less than six months, with the possibility of a full year internship. Transition into a full time job is possible but not guaranteed.

Start date June 1, 2015 (earlier if possible)
End date November 30, 2015 (flexible)

The intern will receive a stipend of $1,000/month, plus free housing in Taylorsville.

Job Duties
June – September, 2015
Survey of National Forest Recreation Users (80%)
The intern will travel to diverse forest locations to survey and interview Plumas National Forest users. This work is performed in the field in various summer weather conditions, often in remote and beautiful locations. A reliable vehicle is needed and travel mileage is reimbursed.

Plumas Conservation, Restoration and Education in Watersheds (P-CREW) Program Support (20%)
P-CREW is a summer program for high school students from Oakland and Plumas County, CA that offers field experience and skills training in forest and watershed restoration. The intern will support P-CREW crew staff by delivering supplies, relieving staff members, and providing education and program assistance as needed.

October – November, 2015
Natural Resource Education (55%):
Assist in the planning and implementation of natural resource and science classes, including field studies, and mentor student natural resource teams to help prepare them for natural resource education competitions. The intern will have opportunities to work closely with Plumas National Forest specialists and other partners.

Greenville Outdoor Adventure Learning (GOAL) (5%):
The GOAL project is designed to provide diverse and unique outdoor adventure experiences for local youth. Past GOAL trips have included snowshoeing and canoeing under the full moon, tubing a local creek, backpacking on a nearby ridge and along California’s Lost Coast, among other activities. Duties include developing outreach materials, recruiting participants, and prepping gear and equipment for trips, as well as serving as a trip leader.

Friday Night for Teens (5%):
The Friday Night for Teens project provides a supervised, substance-free environment for local youth for a few hours every Friday night. The intern will be expected to support the program by providing staff support for this weekly event. This is a great opportunity to work with and get to know a large group of junior and senior high school-aged teens.

Other Projects (35%):
The intern will have the opportunity to learn about and assist with other Sierra Institute projects. Depending on the individual, other projects could include working with the Indian Valley Parks and Recreation District to offer additional programming, and assisting with the operation of the community garden. The intern is also expected to provide general administrative support as part of a dynamic and team-oriented staff.

The Sierra Institute is looking for someone who is passionate about making a difference and comfortable working with adolescents. The candidate should have an undergraduate or advanced degree and experience in natural resources (e.g., environmental science, natural resources, biology, ecology, or a related field), and experience in field ecology and working with youth.

More Job Details
The position will be approximately 95% fieldwork and 5% office-based from June-September. From October-November the position will be primarily office-based (80%). During time off, the intern can enjoy living in the middle of unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, and climbing, on surrounding public lands at the intersection of the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges. The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is located in rural Plumas County, California, in the small town of Taylorsville.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume (complete, does not need to be on one page), and contact information for three references to Or mail to Sierra Institute PO Box 11 Taylorsville, CA 95983. Applications due April 27, 2015.

About Us
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment promotes healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource management.


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