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I’ve never worked in a job where I felt so respected. I feel empowered and motivated to do my best every day, and am so proud to be a part of this team.
— Sarah Barnes, Program Director in Sacramento


If you do not see an available position below please email jobs@sierranevadajourneys.org and tell us why you think you would be a great fit at Sierra Nevada Journeys.

We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Additionally, we proactively seek a diverse workplace to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, and therefore members of ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.

We are proud to be a 2014-2017 finalist for Best Places to Work and a GuideStar Gold Rated nonprofit.

Now Hiring Summer Camp Counselors for 2019 Season

We’re hiring for more than 20 Summer Counselor positions to run our summer camp programming at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, Calif. The summer season runs from June 3 to July 26, 2019.

Summer Camp Counselors are our campers’ favorite part of summer. We provide a home away from home where you are free to stretch your comfort zone, grow in ways you never knew possible and discover the joy of summer camp. Our Counselors have the unique opportunity to learn and lead cabin group through a variety of fun-filled activities such as archery, swimming, kayaking, campfires, games, meal-time songs, and skits. Whether spending the night in your cabin or under the stars, Counselors foster community with their cabin group by offering support and intentional daily reflection. Every week is different at camp and our counselors provide creativity, pizzazz, and laughter to our camp community. Counselors have the opportunity to grow in group management, age-appropriate programming, and safety and supervision.


Posted: March 21, 2019

We’re hiring for Office Manager and Registrar to support all areas of Camp operations. This is a part-time hourly position located at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, Calif.

The Registrar supports Camp operations, programming, administrative office work and program support with highest level of hospitality and customer service. As an ambassador of the organization, you’ll work closely with Sierra Nevada Journeys Camp Executive Director and other staff. 

You will be responsible for a number of daily, weekly and monthly duties, be well organized, professional and be able to multi-task. Duties include data entry, customer service, filing, overseeing program registration, answering and delivering phone messages, communicating with parents, office equipment operation, providing assistance to our onsite guests and marketing events.

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@sierranevadajourneys.org. In the subject line of your email please include your last name and the title of the position for which you are applying.  Alternatively, you can drop off your resume, cover letter and references in person at Grizzly Creek Ranch, 5900 Grizzly Rd., Portola, CA 96122.


Posted: February, 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Sierra Nevada Journeys is seeking experienced trip leaders to co-lead two 14-day multi-sport trips for youth from low-income communities in the Sierra Nevada mountains. We partner with Summer Search, a national youth mentorship organization, to provide a unique experience for 14-16 year-old students to help them build self-confidence and leadership skills.

 This position requires a motivated individual with an engaging personality and insistence on excellence who is passionate about positive and culturally relevant youth development. The selected applicants must be available June 11 – July 22, 2019. This time includes a mandatory 3-day, overnight paid staff training, followed by two, 14-day trips, with 5 days off and 2 days of clean-up and prep in between trips. Trip Leaders will be primarily responsible for the safety of 10-12 high school students (on each trip) while participating in rock climbing and whitewater rafting programs; guiding for the rafting and rock climbing will be done by contracted professional guides. Trip Leaders will be responsible for guiding a 6-day backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Desirable applicants must be confident in wilderness navigation and orienteering skills as well as comfortable in monitoring group safety both day and night in a backcountry setting.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to summersearch@sierranevadajourneys.org. In the subject line of your email please include “Trip Leader” and your last name.

residential outdoor science instructors

Location: Grizzly Creek Ranch, Portola, Calif.

We are regularly hiring for Residential Outdoor Science Instructors (ROSI) and applications are accepted year-round. Our ROS roles are full-time, seasonal positions that run from late-February to mid-November. The primary responsibility of an instructor is delivering residential, one- to five- day outdoor science educational programs primarily serving 5th and 6th grades from regional elementary and middle schools. All of our lessons are hands-on science and collaborative problem solving-based with a focus on critical thinking, exploration, and environmental stewardship. Instructors are responsible for leading and educating a group of 12 – 15 students throughout their program, including facilitating large group activities, leading meals and working evening programs.  All lessons are written according to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and we train our staff using University of California at Berkeley’s BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) teaching techniques and pedagogy.

During the summer season, Sierra Nevada Journeys delivers both residential summer camp programs and community group programs for kids with disabilities and leadership development. During our traditional, week-long summer camp, Instructors facilitate activities such as the challenge course, swimming, kayaking, off-site trips, and teen leadership programs. Instructors may find themselves in a summer camp leadership position such as Head Lifeguard, Camp Helper, Staff Mentor, or Challenge Course Aid, if they possess the skills and required certifications.

Have questions about being a ROSI? Call or email Ben at ben@sierranevadajourneys.org, 530-832-1085.


We regularly hire for a part-time educators for the Reno area and application are accepted year-round. Educators 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 nonprofit on the leading-edge of the Informal Education industry. Classrooms Unleashed programs consist of four lesson units based on topics including Watershed, Earth Science and Life Science, and culminate with an outdoor field study at a local natural area. Outdoor field studies include leading trail groups of 12-20 students through a variety of field-based science activities during half-day field trips to local natural areas. Part-time Educators report directly to Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Reno Program Manager.

To apply, complete the online job application and include a cover letter and three field-related references.

Now hiring for the 2019 season.

Operations Team - Grizzly Creek Ranch


Grizzly Creek Ranch operations team is responsible for maintenance, housekeeping, and food service at the Portola, Calif. campus. Each spring we hire for our full season, March through November, and will offer additional positions during our summer season, June through July.

We are hiring for positions in our kitchen including cooks, dishwashers/kitchen assistants, facilities and maintenance, and housekeeping. Please submit an online application by using the link below.