Environmental Education Internship




750/month plus housing and food when available

Hours per week

40 hours/week



Application Deadline



26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills
United States


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 Hidden Villa Environmental Education Program (HVEEP) is seeking energetic, responsible team players who are passionate about education and nature to fill our residential Environmental Education Internships that run from early September 2018 to late May 2019.


• Teach one-day programs to elementary age children (primarily Preschool-4th Grade) four days a week in our farm and wilderness-based ‘Living Laboratory’ and, at times, in various schools. These consist of 1.5 hour Farm Tours, 5.5 hour EdVentures programs, and occasional afternoon teaching assignments.

• Explore the cared-for spaces (on the farm) and the wild ones (nature) with children while encouraging inquiry, reflection, and participation. Our programs inspire kids to try new things, take care, and have fun while learning and exploring.

• Support dedicated, weekly volunteers by contributing to an engaging and positive work environment.

• Work with Hidden Villa teachers to plan, develop, and/or implement programs.

• Participate in Hidden Villa meetings, community programs, and donor events.

Working hours: Tuesday through Friday with occasional evening/weekend programs. Mondays are reserved for Monday Intern Classes (AM) and departmental staff meetings (PM). Environmental Education Interns report to the Director of Education as a part of the program staff.


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.


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 fall (AEOE) and one each spring (PVC), with additional opportunities throughout the year

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


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. In addition, we look for:

1. Experience in education (formal or informal) or a related field.

2. 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.

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

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

5. Must like the outdoors, be a thoughtful team player, and maintain flexibility.


This position is a full-time, 9 month, residential position. A stipend of $750/month is provided. Benefits include: housing, seasonal food (veggies and dairy products from the farm when available), sick and holiday time (December 17-January 2), and 3 additional vacation days to be coordinated with the Director of Education. 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.

How To Apply



Please email your cover letter, a current resume and completed internship application to internships@hiddenvilla.org. We will continue accepting applications until the positions are filled. For more information and internship applications please visit www.hiddenvilla.org/programs/internship Hidden Villa is committed to diversity in our workplace and our programs. We do not discriminate on

the basis of any protected category.