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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.

Facilities Technician


Posted: April 17, 2019

We are hiring for a full-time, year-round Facilities Technician for our Grizzly Creek Ranch location. Some areas of responsibility include: maintaining facilities to remain in compliance with the health and safety codes; assist in inspections of grounds and facilities for cleanliness, health and safety concerns, conditions requiring repair and environmental concerns; assist in maintaining pool in operable conditions; minor plumbing and tile repairs; assist in all periodic maintenance and cleaning of camp vehicles; monitor propane usage by checking storage tanks regularly; help monitor and maintain sewage and water collection, storage and distribution system in clean and functional condition; and see that campfire areas are in clean, fire safe and functional condition at all times. See complete job description for all responsibilities and required qualifications.

Dishwasher/Kitchen Assistant


Posted: April 17, 2019

The dishwasher/kitchen assistant is a seasonal, full-time position and assists the kitchen manager and sous chefs in cleaning dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, utensils glassware, tableware, flatware, pots, or pans, using dishwashers or by hand. This position is located at our Grizzly Creek Ranch camp and has a number of responsibilities within the kitchen including: assist in the storage, preparation and cleaning responsibilities of the Sierra Nevada Journeys food service operation; wash dishes, glassware, flatware, pots, or pans, using dishwashers or by hand; set up, arrange and clean tables in dining areas; clean food preparation areas, facilities and equipment; remove trash and placing it in designated pickup areas; sweep or scrub floors in kitchen and lodge areas; and stock supplies, such as food or utensils, in serve stations, cupboards, fridges and salad bars. See job description for complete list of responsibilities and requirements.

Housekeeping Assistant


Posted: April 17, 2019

The Housekeeping Assistant is a part-time, seasonal position that attends to all areas of cleanliness, clean up, sanitation and housekeeping while sustaining the highest levels of hospitality and customer service. This position also communicates with the Housekeeping Lead who, in turn, collaborates and coordinates closely with grounds and facility maintenance to ensure furniture, fixtures and equipment are working, in good repair and that there are no inadequacies. The candidate will conduct themselves as an ambassador of the organization. Please see the job description for all areas of responsibility and required qualifications.


Posted: March 27, 2019

We are seeking a Human Resources Manager with a successful track record in HR leadership. Reporting to the CEO, the Human Resources Manager plans and administers policies relating to all phases of human resources activity. The Human Resources Manager oversees the recruiting, training, embedding culture, and expanding diversity, quality, and retention of our staff across our locations - Reno, Sacramento, and the Grizzly Creek Ranch Camp in Portola, Calif.  The majority of our team members are seasonal employees, with opportunities for HR support for recruiting, on boarding, and separation through each calendar year.  This position also serves as a collaborative resource to managers and staff regarding conflict resolution and leadership growth. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dedicated, rapidly growing team, while working for an organization with a compelling mission and a strong culture of accountability and excellence.

Required qualifications include: three years HR experience at manager level; Professional in Human Resources (PHR)/Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) preferred; 75% of our staff is located in California, so experience working with California Labor Laws is required; and the ability to make day trips to Sacramento (1 day every 1-2 months) and Portola (1 day every 1-2 weeks). See job description for complete details.

This position is 75 to 100 percent FTE, approximately 30-40 hours per week. This opportunity has some flexibility in total hours and schedule in order to find the best fit for Sierra Nevada Journeys and the ideal HR Manager.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Eaton Dunkelberger, CEO, at jobs@sierranevadajourneys.org. In the subject line please include “HR Manager” 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.