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Sierra Nevada Journeys is looking for a Challenge Course Manager (CCM) with experience setting high standards of safety and facilitation for a challenge course. The Sierra Nevada Journeys Challenge Course includes 20 low elements, 12 high elements and sees over 5,000 participants a year.

The CCM will conduct a five-day staff training in February and June for Instructors on Challenge Course facilitation and operation standards. During fall and spring, the CCM will oversee instructors as they facilitate the Challenge Course for our residential outdoor science education programs. These programs primarily serve 5th and 6th graders from regional elementary schools. When not tending to the Challenge Course program, the CCM will play a supporting role to Sierra Nevada Journeys’ program which may include leading meals, teaching evening programs, fulfilling on-call duties, or acting as the manager on duty during the evenings. The CCM may also be asked to coordinate groups that are onsite for a strictly challenge course program. This may include pre-trip communication and acting as a liaison while the group is onsite.

During the summer season, Sierra Nevada Journeys delivers both traditional summer camp programs and tailored programs for special needs and leadership development groups. Sierra Nevada Journeys’ traditional, week-long summer camp programs are designed with a traditional summer camp feel, with a focus on getting kids outside and learning some science! The CCM will oversee the delivery of the Challenge Course to support both our traditional summer camps and our leadership and special needs community groups. The CCM will work directly with the Program Director to ensure all program Challenge Course deliverables are met.

Residential Outdoor Science Instructor

This is a seasonal position with multiple facets (or multiple roles and responsibilities). During the fall and spring seasons, instructors deliver residential, 1-5 day Outdoor Science educational programs primarily serving fifth and sixth grades from regional elementary schools. All of our lessons are hands-on science and collaborative problem solving based with a focus on critical thinking, science, and environmental stewardship. Instructors are responsible for leading and educating a group of 12–15 students throughout the week, including facilitating large group activities, leading meals and night programs.

During the summer season, Sierra Nevada Journeys delivers both traditional summer camp programs and tailored programs for special needs and leadership development groups. Sierra Nevada Journeys' traditional, week-long summer camp programs are designed with an educational and experiential focus for our resident campers. Instructors supervise the campers overnight, as well as facilitate activities such as archery, swimming, kayaking, campfires, and skits. For leadership development groups, instructors will use Sierra Nevada Journeys' challenge course to facilitate leadership experiences and develop collaborative problem solving skills. Instructors also assist our special needs organizations by adapting traditional camp activities to provide an enriching experience for their campers. Many of our community partners also bring participants to campus on the weekends in the fall and spring and instructors work with them to meet their program goals.

Instructors will be directly responsible for ensuring that attending schools’ and campers’ educational outcomes are met. Instructors are supervised by the Program Coordinators. Join a staff that is committed to constantly improving our outstanding outdoor education programs!

Part-Time Educator - Sacramento Division

Sierra Nevada Journeys is seeking dynamic education professionals to help expand the program base for Sierra Nevada Journeys in Sacramento, CA. This position requires motivated individuals with an engaging personality and an insistence on excellence who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking capacity through outdoor science education across classrooms that mirror the demographics in the Sacramento region. We are seeking someone prepared to teach in a variety of settings (classroom, outdoors, family science nights), grade and analyze assessments and support the overall education operations of the Classrooms Unleashed program. The position requires an individual who is able to thrive independently and work well on a team, and who is committed to supporting a non-profit on the cutting edge of the Informal Education industry.  Part-time Educators will report directly to Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Sacramento Program Director.