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San Francisco, California
Traci Mathieu '20, Elizabeth Haile '19
At NatureBridge, we foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet.
Environmental science in nature’s classroom NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest.
Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 30,000 students and teachers each year to our six campuses. After more than 40 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education.
Providing access for all students
NatureBridge environmental science programs are inclusive. Access for all to transformational science experiences and diversity of participants and educators are core organizational values. We strive to make our programs available to students from all communities and work intentionally to bring students from underserved communities to our programs and to our national parks. More than 50% of our participating schools receive scholarship support, and more than 30% of our students are from underrepresented communities.
The NatureBridge business model is fueled by a powerful combination of earned and contributed revenue. More than 70% of our revenue comes from the tuition associated with our environmental science programs, and the remaining 30% comes from donations. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on generous donations to support our mission, to support scholarships, and to support new curricula development and program extensions into classrooms.
Making an impact
Our staff of environmental science educators is at the core of our organization. Working with small groups of elementary, middle, and high school students, our educators bring science to life in national parks through engaging environmental science lessons: walks, hikes, scrambles, explorations, and overnight backcountry expeditions to the best spots in each park. Our educators bring diverse backgrounds to NatureBridge, including advanced degrees in science and education, experience with scientific research, classroom teaching, wilderness expeditionary leadership, outdoor education, and a wide range of other professions.
Our educators’ strong skills in environmental science and outdoor education, combined with the magnificent settings of our national park campuses, have strong impacts on the students we serve.
The intern will have an opportunity to work with employees of all levels of the organization as a team member of the Information Technology Department. There will be projects that will be strictly in the IT department such as inventory and infrastructure administration. As the IT Department interfaces with all other departments in the organization there will be projects that involve working with Fundraising, Operations and Programs. NatureBridge uses Salesforce.com for our Operations Database and will give opptunities to work with our developers as they work on enhancements and online registration. During the summer of 2018 we anticipate work to begin on moving our donor database into Salesforce.
The intern will spend two weeks in the field during the summer. One will be at our Golden Gate Campus in the Marin Headlands. The second will be at our location in Yosemite National Park.
- Project Management
- Cloud based application integration
- Enjoy working and interfacing with employees from all departments
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Meets Certificate Requirement
Housing is a tough task in San Francisco. Many interns have found housing with students in Berkeley and San Francisco. The office is close to all public transportation and can be reached easily on any BART/Subway line from the East Bay or Ferry from the North Bay.
All interns and employees are fingerprinted and have background check. This is required since the Intern will spend some time on our campuses where children are staying.
My best work experience this summer was working in the field with educators at Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate Recreational Center. I worked with youth groups and helped facilitate various activities for the environmental science programs.
—Traci Mathieu '20