Are you looking to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County through community service or an internship?

Inspired Forward and/or IOOBY – Environmental Education Programs

LandPaths seeks energetic and creative folks as interns for its field education programs, In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY) and Inspired Forward (IF). IOOBY links 2nd – 6th grade students throughout Sonoma County to a publicly protected natural area within their watershed. Central to the program is the class’s “adoption” of the natural area through a series of theme-based visits (discovery, watershed, wildlife habitat and stewardship). IF brings together positive, life-changing, and leadership-based experiences for teens and young adults with the opportunities presented by the land: adventure, learning, healing, stewardship, relaxation, and community. We partner with individual schools, school districts, and Restorative Justice clubs across Sonoma County.

Inters will support LandPaths’ education staff in implementing field programs. 

Interns are required to have the following: 
  • Comfort working with groups of 10-20 students in the field
  • Interest in environmental education / working with 2nd-12th grade students
  • Desire for collaborative work environment
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills are a plus
Tasks and responsibilities may include: 
  • Volunteer weekly with LandPaths IOOBY/IF programs
  • Assist LandPaths staff in the execution of the field activities, work towards leading activities
  • Assist groups of 10-20 students with various theme day activities such as water testing, non-native plant removal, aquatic macroinvertebrate collection and scientific sketching, under the direction of LandPaths staff and classroom teachers
  • Help students make and record observations
  • Support students with writing in the field – journals and data recording
  • Participate in a stewardship project
And Possibly:
  • Participate and assist in beginning of the year teacher and volunteer training in August/September
  • Participate in the introductory class presentations to schools
  • Assist in preparation for field teaching and evaluation of field experiences
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of the stewardship project with your school
  • Work with classroom teachers to expand the field experiences into the classroom
  • Assist in admin duties in the office, including data entry, photo curation, and e-communication design
  • We prefer a commitment of 1 day a week during the school year months from late August- early June. 

Office Intern

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • File paperwork
  • Scanning documents
  • Data entry (NEON CRM)
  • Organize documents
  • Write or prepare thank you notes, other letters
  • Prepare envelopes or mailers
  • Inventory office supplies
  • Maintain supply/order list
  • Help set up for events

Interested folks should contact Laura Revilla, LandPaths Volunteer and Community Hub Lead, [email protected], with a resume and a brief letter of interest.

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