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Youth Development Intern Posted Dec 20, 2017
Hidden Villa , Los Altos Hills, CA

Youth Development Intern-Resident

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is “to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land, and legacy.” Hidden Villa stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. We are seeking an energetic and responsible team player to fill our Youth Development internship. This position begins with a Summer Camp component (June 5, 2018 - August 18, 2018) followed by an internship component (September 1, 2018 - May 24, 2019). Between August 18, 2018 and September 1, 2018 housing will not be provided.

The Youth Development intern participates as summer camp program staff, working with middle and high school aged youth, before beginning their internship. During camp they work under the supervision of the Summer Camp Director. Starting in September, the Youth Development intern will transition to working as a part of our Youth Development team and a member of the incoming intern cohort. The Youth Development intern will develop teaching skills in program facilitation for grades 6-12 while positively impacting youth in Bay Area communities.

Summer Camp Component: June-August
● Identify and meet camper needs and carry out camp programs and responsibilities as outlined by the position accepted.
● Participate in leading or co-leading morning reflections, daily activities, and evening activities.
● Responsibilities vary by camp position, but can be seen in detail on camp staff website:

Youth Development Internship: September-May
● Teach programs for middle school and high school age youth, including classroom visits, day programs, group debriefs, and night hikes.
● Belay participants on the high ropes course and facilitate team-building initiatives.
● Organize and lead after-school Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program for teens.
● Develop age-appropriate curricula, that is culturally relevant and experientially engaging, on a variety of topics including nature exploration, sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, and food justice.
● Assist with office organization, program planning, marketing/outreach, interviewing CIT (Counselor-in-Training) candidates, supporting annual events, and other tasks as needed.

Hidden Villa’s Residential Internship Program is contributing to the next generation of green educators, innovative farmers, and thoughtful nonprofit leaders. As a participant in this program you will gain:
● Training and experience in best practices in the field of Experiential Education and Youth Development skills.
● Access to the Hidden Villa Intern Alumni network and mentorship opportunities to further career goals.
● Weekly Educational Workshops (Monday classes) focused on sustainable systems and education, and other professional opportunities.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age. Experience engaging formally or informally with youth. Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States along with submission of fingerprints and a subsequent successful background check. Current CPR/First Aid and Food Handler’s certification or the willingness to obtain. Strong organizational skills and flexibility.

Aim and ability to work with middle and high school age youth. Involvement in experiential education, summer camp or related fields. Excellent communication skills. The ability to work collaboratively on a team as well as efficiently lead independent projects or tasks. Experience with any of the following: farms and gardens, environmental science, diverse populations, music/art, wilderness, computers, or non-English languages. Valid driver's license with a clean driving record (no major infractions).

This position is a full-time, year-long, residential position made up of a 3-month camp job followed by a 9-month internship. During summer camp from June through August, the intern’s stipend is dependent on camp position with a base rate of $380/week. Accommodations are communal camping, and meals are provided while camp is in session. Working hours are based on a Residential Counselor position. Staff will receive one 2 ½ hour break per day, one evening off (5:45pm-11pm) per 2-week session, and one 24 hour break per 2-week session. Weekends between sessions are off from Friday afternoon until Sunday at 4:30pm.

From September through May the intern receives a stipend of $750 per month. Benefits September-May include: housing, seasonal produce, meat & dairy products from the farm when available, holiday time, vacation, and sick leave. The Youth Development Intern takes a winter break from mid to late December in addition to any Hidden Villa holidays that fall on Monday-Friday. Vacation requests are subject to manager approval. Work hours are Monday to Friday (8am-4pm) plus some evenings and weekend programs. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.

Please email your cover letter, a copy of your current resume and completed internship application to
Telephone inquiries can be directed to (650) 949-6327. For more information, please visit:
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 2, 2018.

Hidden Villa is committed to diversity in our workplace and our programs. We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected category.