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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 GuideStar Gold Rated nonprofit.


Location: Sacramento, Calif. or Reno, Nev.

Job closes: Sept. 29, 2019

Sierra Nevada Journeys is searching for a Development Director who will support a committed and growing development effort to fund important learning experiences for our community’s youth and to secure a critical education asset for future generations of youth. Sierra Nevada Journeys has grown rapidly in our 12-year history, now serving over 30,000 kids annually. The next phase of our growth over the next three years will include finalizing our capital campaign to purchase and maintain the Grizzly Creek Ranch camp, and growing donor support for programs accessible to all kids across the regions we serve.

A successful Development Director will lead a committed support team, individually solicit gifts, and manage a prospect or donor portfolio. To date, our development success has consisted primarily of grants from local foundations and agencies, and the initiation of a capital campaign to purchase the Grizzly Creek Ranch. Our next phase of growth will focus on completing the capital campaign, growing individual and corporate donors, and expanding our donor base in California. The Development Director will be responsible for creating and implementing short and long-term development strategies that focus on new types of donors for the organization. As a member of Sierra Nevada Journey’s leadership team, the Development Director will ensure successful execution of the organization’s fundraising programs including forecasting, annual campaigns, major gifts, corporate partners/sponsorships, and board fundraising. You have the opportunity to support a successful development team while working for an organization with a compelling mission and a strong culture of accountability and high quality.

Please send a your resume and cover letter to jobs@sierranevadajourneys.org and include “Development” and your last name in the email subject line.


Posted: August 2, 2019

We are seeking a dynamic individual to coordinate and expand the Family STEM Night program and teach field education classes in the Reno area. This position requires a motivated individual with an engaging presence and an insistence on excellence, who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking capacity through high quality STEM experiences. We are seeking someone prepared to teach and develop Family STEM Night activities; design, coordinate, and lead STEM Night events; and teach Sierra Nevada Journeys’ field-based STEM programming. The position requires an individual who is able to thrive independently, work well on a team, and is committed to supporting a nonprofit on the leading edge of the Informal Education industry. The STEM Coordinator and Instructor will report directly to the Reno Program Director. This position is contracted through AmeriCorps.

Send a cover letter and resume to Alyssa at alyssaw@sierranevadajourneys.org.


Location: Grizzly Creek Ranch, Portola, Calif.

We are hiring for a part-time, 2-3 days per week, Dishwasher/Kitchen Assistant to support Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Grizzly Creek Ranch Campus by attending to our kitchen with integrity and attention to detail. The goal is to employ food service skills, abilities and experience in order to play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing our customers’ satisfaction and campus experience. Food and food service for our guests is a critical factor in maintaining and strengthening our reputation and our compliance with the laws, regulations and standards of organized camps.

We are looking for a professional Dishwasher/Kitchen Assistant to assist the campus kitchen manager and sous chefs in cleaning dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, utensils glassware, tableware, flatware, pots, or pans, using dishwashers or by hand.

The successful candidate will work at Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Grizzly Creek Ranch located four miles outside of Portola, CA. The Dishwasher reports directly to the campus Sous Chef & Kitchen Manager. The salary range is $11.75 to $12.50 per hour and person to start immediately for Fall season. Please see full job description for details.


Positions available in both the Reno and Sacramento areas.

We regularly hire for a part-time educator for Reno and Sacramento areas. 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.

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


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

Positions include cooks, dishwashers/kitchen assistants, facilities and maintenance, and housekeeping. If you’re interested in learning more about any open positions, please contact our Human Resources Department at 775-355-1688 or jobs@sierranevadajourneys.org. You may also submit an online application by using the link below.

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.


Seasonal, Full-Time Roles, Eight Weeks Over the Summer Season

Each year, we 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 early-June to late-July. Hiring starts in February and continues to early spring or once all counselors have been hired. If you have questions about this position, please feel free to email our Summer & Specialty Camp Manager at snjcamps@sierranevadajourneys.org.

What you can expect being a Summer Camp Counselors at Sierra Nevada Journeys.

Our 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. Must be 18+ years old to apply for this position.