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Environmental Education Intern


Sunday, August 11, 2019


Hidden Villa

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Los Altos Hills


Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization and stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. The Hidden Villa Environmental Education Program (HVEEP) is seeking energetic, responsible team players who are passionate about education and nature to fill our residential Environmental Education Internships that run from September to late May.
Program Benefits
Hidden Villa’s Residential Internship Program is contributing to the next generation of green educators, innovative farmers, and thoughtful nonprofit leaders. As a participant in this program you will gain:
Training and experience in best practices in the field of Environmental Education and in a broad range of Naturalist skills.
Access to the Hidden Villa Intern Alumni network and mentorship opportunities to further career goals.
Participation in one weekend professional conference each spring (PVC), with additional opportunities throughout the year
Monday Class workshops focused on sustainable systems, education and non-profit leadership.
Increased confidence, competence , and employability as an educator
Skill development in behavior and group management
Enhanced skills in presentations and volunteer engagement
Exposure to a broad range of experiential educational strategies and farm/garden skills
Development of broad familiarity with flora, fauna and general ecology of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Ability to lift 40 lbs. Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States is required along with submission of fingerprints and the subsequent successful background check. A valid driver's license with a clean driving record and no major infractions is strongly preferred.
Experience in education (formal or informal) or a related field
Experience or skills in any of the following: working with diverse populations and language learners, natural history/ecology, gardens, volunteers, wilderness experiences, and creative expression through music/art.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to accept constructive feedback and guidance.
A desire to contribute to the world in a positive way and curiosity about doing so within an organization.
Enjoy the outdoors, be a thoughtful team player, and maintain flexibility.
Residential Interns are accountable for organizational and residential responsibilities that are supervised by the function of the Intern Coordinator. Interns learn about all aspects of our educational nonprofit organization and working farm by assisting with daily afternoon chores including: garden chores, horticulture chores, animal chores, after school programs, and administrative projects. Communal living responsibilities include weekly household chores and a mandatory house meeting.
Teach one-day programs to elementary age children (primarily Preschool-4th Grade) four days a week in our farm and wilderness-based ‘Living Laboratory’ and, at times, in various schools. These consist of 1.5 hour Farm Tours, 5.5 hour EdVentures programs, and occasional afternoon teaching assignments.
Explore the cared-for spaces (on the farm) and the wild ones (nature) with children while encouraging inquiry, reflection, and participation. Our programs inspire kids to try new things, take care, and have fun while learning and exploring.
Participate in ongoing efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs and in implementing changes as necessary.
Support dedicated, weekly volunteers by contributing to an engaging and positive work environment.
Work with Hidden Villa teachers to plan, develop, and/or implement programs.
Participate in Hidden Villa meetings, community programs, and donor events.

Compensation Information:

This position is a full-time, 9 month, residential position. A stipend of $750/month is provided. Benefits include: professional development, housing, eggs and dairy products from the farm when available, holiday time, vacation and sick leave. The intern accrues one day of paid vacation per month and one day of sick leave in addition to any Hidden Villa holidays that fall on Monday-Friday. Vacation requests are subject to manager approval. Although it is the responsibility of the intern to obtain health insurance, we do offer resources that will help you navigate the process. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.All HVEEP interns must be available for training at the end of August and especially on Saturday September 7th, 2019.
Please email your cover letter and current resume to and complete the internship application . We will
continue accept applications until the positions are filled.

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