YMCA & NPS Outdoor Education Internship (San Diego, CA) (PO-00735323)

This position supports the YMCA and National Park Service’s innovative, Youth Outdoors Initiative, a program that engages thousands of underserved youth in 16 cities across the country in outdoor recreation, conservation and service-learning experiences at their nearby national parks and in their respective communities throughout the summer and fall months.
The YMCA of San Diego is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to provide program and curriculum planning support, partner and activity coordination, and direct youth engagement for the San Diego-based Y-NPS Youth Outdoors Initiative. This position will be hosted at the YMCA but the leader will work closely and often with the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument. 

At the start of service, intern will aid in both virtual and in-person outdoor engagement curriculum development, NPS and conservation partner coordination, and planning for the youth day camp program. During the period when youth attend camp, the intern will provide coordination across activities, lead programming with youth in the outdoors, including but not limited to environmental stewardship education, STEM activities, outdoor play activities, cultural and historical learning, and service-learning activities within the park and the local community, among others. If allowable during COVID, the leader will supervise outings to Joshua Tree National Park and coordinate with the NPS rangers to plan youth outdoor engagement and cultural and historical learning activities. At the end of service, the intern will support close out of the summer program, evaluation of the program, and prepare materials for the 2023 Y-NPS Youth Outdoors Initiative harvest session with all sites.
Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

  • Position will be hosted by the YMCA of San Diego and serve as the primary liaison between the Y and the National Park Service. This is intended to be a position that works closely with both the Y and NPS.
  • 16-week position, 640-hours total


  • Develops both in-person and virtual, innovative curriculum and program plans, coordinates with partners, and helps the YMCA and NPS prepare for the San Diego-based Y-NPS Youth Outdoors Initiative 2023 program.
  • Plans and implements program activities during the summer months that are culturally-relevant, developmentally-appropriate, grounded in equity and empathy, and consistent with YMCA and NPS values.
  • Supervises groups of children in both virtual and in-person outdoors youth engagement activities.
  • Provides administration and coordination services to support the day-to-day operations and close-out of the Y-NPS Youth Outdoors Initiative.
  • Adheres to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Attends staff meetings and completes required YMCA and NPS trainings, including abuse risk management and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention, reporting, and emergencies.
  • Maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals, promotes the potential of all youth, and provides a quality experience to both youth and their families.
  • Provides a quality experience to children and parents focused on YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent; one year or more of college preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License with clean driving record (must be 21 to drive camp vehicles) .
  • Ability to be physically active for long periods of time.
  • Prior experience coordinating projects with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan, lead, and participate in program activities in a variety of indoor and/or outdoor settings.


  • Passion for the outdoors and positively impacting youth in summer camp settings.
  • Prior experience working with children in a camp setting preferred.
  • Prior experience engaging youth in a diversity of program activities in both virtual and in-person settings.
  • Background and/or interest in youth environmental/outdoor education, STEM, camping/outdoor recreation.
  • Prior experience working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications (will certify upon hire if needed).


  • $600 / week living allowance (pre-taxes)
  • $1,000 / month housing allowance (pre-taxes)
  • $1,100 one time travel allowance (personal vehicle is required) (pre-taxes)
  • YMCA and NPS trainings provided
  • Additional trainings stipend
Interviews will be conducted and positions will be offered on a rolling basis starting on 4/17/23.

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.*
*For SCA's COVID-19 guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid  

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Position ID: PO-00735323

Expected Dates: June 19, 2023 - October 6, 2023

4390 Valeta St.
San Diego, CA 92107

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Commuting to Chattahoochee River NRA

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

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