Paid Intern Naturalist @ Stepping Out Stepping In

Paid Intern Naturalist


This is a great opportunity for young naturalists, college students and nature enthusiasts to gain leadership and work experience in outdoor education. This paid internship has additional opportunities to develop interpretive program materials, leading remote naturalist programs via Zoom and other special projects such as writing an interpretive brochure or adding to our curriculum.

We welcome people who have no prior experience working in the field with students, but are eager to learn and take on leadership. We welcome BIPOC folks who are interested in serving the diverse students of the SF bay area. We welcome college students enrolled at Merritt College’s Natural History Certificate Program, or UC Berkeley’s Natural History Program or Interpretive Student Aides already working with EBRPD. Because this is a seasonal part-time internship with limited hours, this may be perfect for the college student studying natural history and is passionate about the ecology and cultural history of the bay area. Our field trip programs take place at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, within the Port of Oakland.

Please see intern scope of work below:

Paid Intern Naturalist ~ Spring 2023* *

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

2777 Middle Harbor Rd. Oakland, CA 94607

Position Eligibility & Description: College students are eligible for a paid Naturalist Internship to assist with Naturalist programs at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (MHSP) in Oakland, CA. Interns work under the direction of the Executive Director and/or Program Director.

Internships begin as early as early January and end on May 25th, 2023

Up to four students per season will be eligible for this paid internship.

Bilingual (Spanish-English) students are especially encouraged to apply.

Naturalist Intern Training ~ Scope of Work, Schedule & Pay Rate:

    • Intern Naturalists receive initial safety and orientation training from the Program Director at MHSP dates to be determined
    • Interns may assist on MLK DAY of SERVICE on Jan. 16th & Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup event, Sat. April 22nd from 7:30am to 1:30pm (6 hours each event)
  • Intern Naturalists will co-lead outdoor natural science and cultural history activities for groups of 10 – 20, 1st -5th graders at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (MHSP). Naturalist programs occur most Thursday mornings, from 8:45am-12:45pm on the following dates: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 (est. 50-55 hours)

  • Potential additional hours to lead Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) through Zoom to school classrooms and assisting in Social Media posting and management.

  • Intern Naturalists will assist in the preparation of instructional and outreach materials as needed.

  • Intern Naturalists will have an opportunity to take on a special project such as creating a site specific brochure for the flora or fauna of Middle Harbor or creating a Virtual Facebook Live or Zoom Naturalist presentation to present and pilot to a classroom.
  • Intern Naturalists will conduct other related activities as assigned by the Executive Director or Program Director.
  • An estimate of 60-80 hours of work paid on an hourly rate of $18/hour.

Required Qualifications:

  • Interest in working with Elementary – High School students in an outdoor setting
  • Knowledge of ecology of San Francisco Bay flora and fauna
  • Zoom presentation and Google Slide Deck presentation skills
  • Social Media and photography skills
  • Must pass a fingerprint background check (reimbursed by SOSI).
  • Ability to see, hear, stand, walk on varying terrain (steps, sandy beach, dirt paths, 1-2 miles) & lift/carry up to 30 pounds of gear and equipment.

For more information about Stepping Out Stepping In please visit this website:

How to Apply

To apply: If you are interested, please contact Beth Teper, Program Director at:


Oakland, California, United States




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