Summer Mentor for Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future Program

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



United States


The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!

Position Summary

The mentor position is a great residential, paid summer job opportunity for a teacher or other youth development professional with a passion for the outdoors and positive youth development. The position runs from the beginning to end of July and consists of living, working, and recreating on one or more nature preserves located across the country. The mentor oversees a three or four person team of high school youth - chaperoning and guiding the team during the whole month. While the primary duty is mentoring the students and ensuring they are getting the most out of the experience, mentors are also expected join the students in every aspect of their stewardship work, which is outdoor physical labor such as clearing trails, removing non-native species, and planting seedlings. On the weekend the team engages in outdoor adventures such as kayaking or horseback riding. The mentor will also take the students on three college visits during the month. Mentors will be sent to any of over 25 partner states, from Maine to Florida to Idaho. The main qualifications we are looking for are a minimum of 2 years experience working with high school (preferably urban) youth OR 9 months experience leading residential wilderness trips for high school students OR an equivalent combination of the two, experience with outdoor work or physical labor, a valid driver’s license and enthusiasm. The salary for the month (plus the 5 day residential training) is $4700. In addition, all expenses are paid for, including food, lodging, travel and recreation. The full details of the job description are at the link below, and feel free to have interested parties contact they have any questions. (Questions about applying can be directed to Please note that we cannot accept applications or resumes via email.)

Level of Language Proficiency

The ideal candidate will possess an Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent combination of education and experience), a required work experience of either 2 years of cumulative experience working with high school students (preferably in an urban or outdoor setting) OR 9 months of cumulative experience leading residential wilderness trips for high school students, OR equivalent combination of the two. He/She will have experience with basic principles of positive youth development, supervising staff, students, or volunteers (i.e., leadership role and not peer group membership), and performing physical outdoor work. He/She will preferably be at least 21 years of age by first day of work, is a good team player with flexibility and a sense of humor, and has strong communication and organizational skills. He/She will possess a valid driver's license as well as the ability and willingness to drive long distances. There is a preference for candidates residing in or near the same cities in which interns are hired, namely:

Birmingham, AL; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; New Haven, CT; Wilmington, DE; Denver, CO; Lithonia, GA; Louisville, KY; Cumberland, MD; Newark, NJ; Plainfield, NJ; Albany, NY; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Central Falls, RI; and Tacoma, WA.    

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID 46028 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST June 27, 2018, but please note applications are evaluated on a rolling basis from posting date until all positions are filled.  

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.