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About Sierra Nevada Journeys

Our mission is to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship.

To achieve our mission, Sierra Nevada Journeys offers a range of programs in Northern California and Nevada:

  • Our science instructors deliver innovative curriculum for first-through-sixth-grade students, teaching in the classroom and leading one-day field science expeditions in the Reno and Sacramento areas.
  • Fifth and sixth-grade students and their teachers attend outdoor school program called Overnight Outdoor Learning at our Grizzly Creek Ranch location in Portola, California. The 515-acre camp has modern facilities which accommodate 260 campers.
  • We train teachers on engaging STEM lessons and outdoor learning for their classrooms.
  • We engage families to reinforce classroom concepts through our Family STEM Nights.
  • We use weekends and summers to expand our reach beyond schools, working within our community to deliver camps for people with disabilities, leadership development, and group and conference programs.

At Sierra Nevada Journeys, we believe that outdoor science education is not just a luxury, but a necessity. Additionally, 72 percent of the students we serve are from low-income families and 70 percent are students of color. Fundraising growth enables us to ensure accessibility to programs for under-served students across our region.

Why Work here

Working with Sierra Nevada Journeys is as much a transformative life experience for our staff as it is for our students. We are looking for people who are talented, passionate, entrepreneurial, enthusiastic and demonstrate our core values: quality, accountability, respect and are dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience for children in our community.


Sierra Nevada Journeys recognizes the importance of time off from work to relax, spend time with family and enjoy leisure activities. Some benefits include (vary depending on full-time, part-time and position):

  • We are committed to pay transparency and providing competitive compensation.
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits (covers 90% for employees and 25% for dependents)
  • Optional 403(b) retirement plan and up to a 4% match by Sierra Nevada Journeys
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish or other languages that support our programs; a differential of an additional 3% added to an annual salary
  • Paid time off; starting from the first day of employment PTO is accrued per pay period at the rate of 12 days per year. Increases to 17 and 21 days per year in the third and fourth year of employment.
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • 12 paid holidays (full-time), including 2 weeks of reduced hours coinciding with the December/January holiday season. Part-time positions earn 6 paid holidays and seasonal positions include 3 paid holidays.
  • Partial cell phone plan reimbursement.
  • Some instructor positions earn $1 per day extra for certifications including: working with students from BIPOC communities; waterfront lifeguard or pool lifeguard; experience in science instruction Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Employment with an innovative organization focused on improving outdoor education delivery.

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