STEM Coordinator and Instructor



When you join our team at Sierra Nevada Journeys you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that requires broad collaboration among staff, administration, students and community partners. We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations.

Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings our organization. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with staff, administration, students and community partners to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource.

We recruit a workforce that reflects our audience. We value our employees by fostering a culture where the unique backgrounds and perspectives of our staff are seen and heard, and by providing sustainable compensation, mentorship and professional development opportunities.

Position Description

Sierra Nevada Journeys is seeking dynamic education professionals to help expand the program base in northern Nevada. This position requires a motivated individual with an engaging personality and an insistence on excellence who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking skills through outdoor science education. The ideal candidate is prepared to lead and coordinate Family STEM Night events, communicate with Sierra Nevada Journeys staff as well as community partners, teach in a variety of settings (classroom, outdoors, Family STEM Nights) and support the overall education operations of the Classrooms Unleashed program. The position requires an individual who is able to work well on their own and on a team, and who is committed to supporting a nonprofit on the leading edge of the informal education industry. The STEM Coordinator and Instructor will report directly to Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Reno Program Director.

Full-Time: 1,720 hours of service during service time period

Service Term: September 2021 - August 2022

Sierra Nevada Journeys – Reno, NV

Primary Responsibilities

  • Family STEM Night Coordination (primary duties)

  • Coordinate and lead 60+ Family STEM Nights hosted by Sierra Nevada Journeys at elementary and middle schools.

  • Coordinate with schools, interns, and staff to ensure a successful Family STEM Night, and serve as the main contact for events.

  • Recruit schools to book Family STEM Night programs and manage partner relationships in Nevada for Family STEM Night expansion.

  • Organize supplies, facilitate operations, and lead or oversee a team of interns, volunteers, and other staff to host a successful event.

  • Deliver and analyze program evaluations for program feedback and improvement.

  • Manage development of new interactive STEM stations and engineering design challenge ideas.

  • Education (secondary duties)

  • Teach Sierra Nevada Journeys programs in the classroom and field. Typical programs may include the following:

  • Classrooms Unleashed programs consist of four lessons (three classroom and one field trip) based on topics including environmental science, earth science and life science.

  • Classroom lessons include teaching classes of 20-to-35 students for 60-to-90 minutes in first-through-sixth-grade classrooms throughout northern Neavda. You will be trained on Sierra Nevada Journeys’ curriculum and best teaching practices.

  • Outdoor field studies include leading trail groups of 12-to-20 students through a variety of field-based science activities during half day field trips to local natural areas.

  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings, with opportunities to lead trainings if desired (10 percent).

  • Assist with program preparation duties, such as printing student notebooks, teacher packets and assessments (5 percent).

  • Support outreach events, such as job fairs, educational tabling events, etc. (5 percent).

  • Time frame: September, 2021 – August, 2022. Program development; curriculum writing; and supporting, teaching or observing other Sierra Nevada Journeys programs — may be included during off-season time frames.


  • Monday through Friday availability

  • Evening availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays (for Family STEM Night facilitation)

  • This is a full-time AmeriCorps member position. Members must complete 1,720 hours of service.

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before earning a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

  • Current Red Cross CPR and First Aid (or willing to fulfill this requirement prior to start date)

  • Ability to pass background check

  • Passionate commitment to working with children of all backgrounds

  • Ability to commute daily to schools and field trip sites within a 45 minute drive of downtown Reno (with occasional longer commutes). Mileage reimbursement provided by SNJ.

  • Substitute teaching license. Current licensure not required to apply, but if considered for the position must be actively pursuing or willing to do so.

  • All employees and volunteers are required to attest in writing they have up-to-date immunizations against the diseases required for public school attendance in the State in which they work as a condition of employment. All employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 Vaccination when it is reasonably available within one month of their ‘tier’ being permitted to receive a vaccination by their home state, and will be required to attest in writing that they have an up-to-date immunization for COVID-19 within one month of their ‘tier’ being permitted to access vaccinations.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary $15,100 for the contracted time period: plus $6,343 at the completion of service through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

  • Healthcare coverage and childcare assistance (for eligible members)

  • Mileage reimbursement

  • Excellent training in evidence-based teaching practices and positive behavior management

  • Innovative company focused on improving outdoor education delivery

To apply:

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to In the subject line of your email please include “Reno STEM Coordinator” and your last name.