Winter Field Intern

Job Description

Description of Organization

ETC is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that provides outdoor adventure and environmental education experiences for people of all abilities.  ETC conducts Sea Kayak, Whitewater Rafting, and Cross Country Skiing trips for youth and adults from under-resourced backgrounds and people with disabilities as well as extended Youth Leadership Programs for disadvantaged youth.


Position Description

The Winter Field Intern will be trained to staff three-day winter cross-country trips in Bear Valley, CA for people with disabilities and youth and adults from under resourced backgrounds.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Seek to provide meaningful outdoor experiences for ETC participants
  • Work within a team of guides to ensure trips are operated in a safe manner
  • Facilitate activities focusing on group development, cross-country ski instruction, environmental education, and human and natural history
  • Aid with trip logistics including but not limited to food preparation, equipment preparation and maintenance, and cleaning ETC winter cabin
  • Occasionally assist with administrative tasks including, but not limited to, trip preparation and follow up, and communication with agencies, participants and volunteers
  • With the help of the Program Manager, develop and carry out an Intern Project to help improve Winter Program trips


  • Enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with people of all abilities
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Experience working with youth or special needs programs preferred
  • Experience with environmental education or leading outdoor trips preferred
  • CPR and First Aid Certified (WFA or WFR are preferred)
  • Previous experience with cross-country skiing preferred
  • Ability to take initiative, be flexible, and work independently
  • Experience successfully working and living in a team environment



  • Complimentary participation (usual cost is $150) in ETC’s Winter Guide School in January 2018 
  • Individual training from Winter Program Manager
  • Ongoing skills development throughout employment


Term & Commitment

  • Internship term will be full-time residential from January 8, 2018 through April 1, 2018
  • Field Interns will be asked to work on weekday and weekend days and on overnight trips.


Reports To

  • ETC Winter Program Manager



  • $500 monthly stipend
  • The ability to check out ETC winter equipment for personal use
  • Access to ETC’s pro purchase programs with various outdoor equipment manufacturers
Job Availability: 

January 8, 2018 - April 1, 2018

To Apply

Submit cover letter, completed application found at, and resume with references via email, fax, or post to Sari Lesem, Winter Program Manager, by November 30, 2018. 

            Environmental Traveling Companions                                    Email: [email protected]

            ATTN: Sari Lesem                                                        Phone: 415-474-7662 ext. 14

            2 Marina Blvd #C385                                                  Fax: 415-474-3919

            San Francisco, California 94123                                 Web:

Application Closing Date: 
Not Specified
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Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
San Francisco, CA and Arnold, CA
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Starting Date: 
January 8th, 2018

Job Details

Job Details: 
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