Environmental Education Intern - Hidden Villa

Type: Full-time

County: Santa Clara

Agency: Hidden Villa

Agency Description:

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land, and legacy. Hidden Villa stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. The Community Programs Department is seeking three energetic, responsible team players to educate the public within our program offerings.


Residential Interns are accountable for organizational and residential responsibilities that are supervised by the function of the Intern Coordinator. Interns learn about all aspects of our educational nonprofit organization and working farm by assisting with daily afternoon chores including: garden chores, horticulture chores, animal chores, after school programs, and administrative projects. Communal living responsibilities include weekly household chores and a mandatory house meeting.

This position is a full-time, 9 month, residential position. A stipend of $750/month is provided. Benefits include: professional development, housing, eggs and dairy products from the farm when available, holiday time, vacation and sick leave. The intern accrues one day of paid vacation per month and one day of sick leave in addition to any Hidden Villa holidays that fall on Monday-Friday. Vacation requests are subject to manager approval. Although it is the responsibility of the intern to obtain health insurance, we do offer resources that will help you navigate the process. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.All HVEEP interns must be available for training at the end of August and especially on Saturday September 7th, 2019. https://www.hiddenvilla.org/programs/catalog/120-environmental-education-internship/region-HV/

Job Responsibilities

Program Benefits:

Hidden Villa’s Residential Internship Program is contributing to the next generation of green educators, innovative farmers, and thoughtful nonprofit leaders. As a participant in this program you will gain:

  • Training and experience in best practices in the field of Environmental Education and in a broad range of Naturalist skills.

  • Access to the Hidden Villa Intern Alumni network and mentorship opportunities to further career goals.

  • Participation in one weekend professional conference each spring (PVC), with additional opportunities throughout the year

  • Monday Class workshops focused on sustainable systems, education and non-profit leadership.

Intended Learning Outcomes for Environmental Education Interns:

  • Increased confidence, competence , and employability as an educator

  • Skill development in behavior and group management

  • Enhanced skills in presentations and volunteer engagement

  • Exposure to a broad range of experiential educational strategies and farm/garden skills

  • Development of broad familiarity with flora, fauna and general ecology of the Santa Cruz Mountains.



  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.

  • Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States is required along with submission of fingerprints and the subsequent successful background check.

  • A valid driver's license with a clean driving record and no major infractions is strongly preferred.


  • Experience in education (formal or informal) or a related field

  • Experience or skills in any of the following: working with diverse populations and language learners, natural history/ecology, gardens, volunteers, wilderness experiences, and creative expression through music/art.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to accept constructive feedback and guidance.

  • A desire to contribute to the world in a positive way and curiosity about doing so within an organization.

  • Enjoy the outdoors, be a thoughtful team player, and maintain flexibility.

How To Apply

Application Instructions: Please email your cover letter and current resume to internships@hiddenvilla.org and complete the internship application . We will
continue accept applications until the positions are filled.

Application Deadline: 6/1/2019