Join the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation (Parks Foundation) in their mission to support youth and environmental initiatives through education, conservation, and immersive outdoor experiences. Through the generous funding of the Gasser Foundation grant, we’re excited to offer two internship positions to motivated High School seniors or first-year College students who have participated in our Teen WILD (Wilderness Inspired Leadership & Development) program. 

As an Environmental Education Intern, you’ll play a pivotal role in expanding our programs while gaining valuable real-life work experience. This internship offers a stipend of $20 per hour based on experience, with an anticipated term from June 2024 to June 2025, potentially extendable through June 2026. 

Responsibilities: 

Outdoor Connection Trailside Learning Center Programming: 

  • Schedule quarterly Discovery Days community programs. 
  • Coordinate trail reservations and develop marketing materials. 
  • Assist in planning and executing educational activities. 
  • Assist with day-to-day setup, events, and trailer breakdown. 
  • Provide mentorship and educational support to community members and youth. 

Teen WILD Facilitator: 

  • Mentor new participants and support program planning. 
  • Assist in organizing quarterly teen training events. 
  • Support Teen WILD committees and implement planned activities. 
  • Act as Teen WILD secretary, creating agendas and taking notes. 
  • Provide marketing support for events. 

Watershed Explorers & Mini Watershed Explorers Assistant: 

  • Support field day educational activities. 
  • Prepare and manage classroom materials and help set up learning spaces. 
  • Mentor youth on environmental education topics. 
  • Assist in nature walks and communication with environmental partners. 
  • Aid in planning and executing classroom visits. 

Middle School Environmental Education Program: 

  • Assist in setting up and breaking down educational activities. 
  • Assist in developing new programs, curriculum materials, and more. 
  • Mentor students on environmental education topics and conservation activities. 

Conservation Days and Special Events: 

  • Joining the ACCPF staff is conservation training and planning. 
  • Support field day activities and volunteer management. 
  • Organize equipment and lead wetlands restoration activities. 

Additionally, interns will collaborate on Capstone Projects, identifying needs and executing environmental projects while acquiring various skills throughout the internship. 

Skills and Experience Acquired: 

  • Development and evaluation of educational programs in outdoor environments. 
  • Understanding of office policies and procedures. 
  • Education, interpretive, and presentation skills. 
  • Career and professional development with feedback and guidance. 
  • Knowledge of Napa River watershed biology. 
  • Marketing skills, including design, branding, and social media. 
  • Program safety and participant well-being. 
  • Interpersonal skills working with diverse groups. 
  • Stewardship and environmental literacy leadership. 

Requirements: 

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and walk/stand for extended periods. 
  • Current CA Driver’s License. 
  • Interest in conservation, education, community outreach, or science. 
  • Adaptability, resilience, and teamwork skills. 
  • Curiosity about the local environment and community interaction. 

The Environmental Education Intern will report to Joy Hilton, Education Director.  Join us in making a positive impact on our community and environment! 

Send a cover letter and resume to info@acparks.org  by Monday, May 27th.