Interested in outdoor education? A career with a public land agency, or an opportunity to try something different?
Oct. – Dec. 2021
Join California State Parks and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreations Area’s joint education team! Engage with 4th grade students from both Los Angeles and Ventura counties about local cultures and natural resources. Develop your skills with both virtual and in-person instruction. Develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the role of public lands and the opportunities it can present.
• Use and maintain hardware for distance learning
• Develop downloadable content and interactive activities for students
• Work with staff to determine the needs of teachers and to ensure content meets standards
• Moderate and lead distance learning programming for students
• Film, edit, and record media content for education purposes
• Work with 508 compliance (Government-wide IT accessibility program) to create accessible experiences
• Assist with program planning and management such as developing and preparing program materials, cleaning/repairing equipment, entering data, photographing events, uploading photos, and reviewing program materials.
• Actively participate in professional development opportunities and workshops.
• Applicant must be either a student at a college or university during the fall 2021 semester or a recent graduate
• Enthusiastic about being outdoors and working with elementary school students
• Must complete scheduled orientation and training at the start of the internship. There will be an in-person orientation on October 2nd and a virtual training on October 6th
• Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
• Must be detail-oriented and organized
• Good oral and written communication skills and ability to follow oral and written directions
• Fluency in Spanish and English preferred
• Intern must wear a required uniform when working with the public
• Must have reliable transportation and be willing to drive significant distances to work sites in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and in the Greater Los Angeles Area
• Available to be scheduled for programming between Tuesday – Friday
• Moderate/lead programs between the hours of 9 AM to 2 PM
• A commitment of 15 hours per week
• Through structured training, access to and coaching by outdoor education professionals, and on-the-job learning, interns will increase their knowledge of outdoor education programming and practice for both virtual and in person learning. They will learn skills and techniques in program presentation for youth, and how to effectively engage students in outdoor activities and dialogue.
• Interns will learn and experience public lands stewardship, mission comprehension, and career opportunities. Additionally, they will learn about the local flora, fauna, human history, and recreational opportunities during set Professional Development sessions.
• Interns will increase their interpersonal skills working daily with a cohesive team of rangers, interpreters, volunteers and other agency interns from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
• Interns will learn useful employment-ready skills such as working with the public, group collaboration, and public speaking which could apply to a range of future careers.
Work Site and Conditions
• Interns have participated in programming in the following area: Encino (Los Encinos State Historic Park), Newbury Park (Rancho Sierra Vista-Satwiwa, Santa Monica Mountains NRA) or Whittier (Pio Pico State Historic Park) and other park sites in the greater Los Angeles Area
• Work is primarily indoors with frequent outdoor work assignments. Outdoor temperatures may range from 40°-105° F
• Work may involve physical activity, including hiking up to 1-mile, walking, bending and lifting equipment up to 20 lbs. There may also be periods of time when interns will be sitting or standing for extended periods of time. During program days, interns are physically active for up to 4 or 5 hours
• Staff, interns, and volunteers will follow strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of the team
• Potential college credit
• Stipend may be available
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to CA State Park Ranger Oscar Rivera at email@example.com by September 10, 2021.
For additional information contact NPS Park Ranger Adali Olivares at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Interviews will be held between Sept. 20th – Sept. 24th, potential candidates will be notified by Sept. 27th
Last updated: August 26, 2021