STEM Coordinator/Instructor

Position: STEM Coordinator/Instructor

Organization: Sierra Nevada Journeys



Sierra Nevada Journeys is built on a simple premise: Science education is a necessity, and nature’s classroom is a great place to teach it. Our full mission statement is to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship. To achieve this mission, Sierra Nevada Journeys offers a range of programming to students in northern Nevada and California:

  • Our credentialed teachers create innovative, engaging curriculum for K-6th graders, teach in the classroom, and lead field expeditions. 

  • We host students, teachers, and families at our Outdoor School located at Grizzly Creek Ranch, near Portola, CA, and run an epic summer camp for 8-17 year olds.

  • We train teachers on how to bring engaging, interdisciplinary science lessons to their classrooms as well as how to utilize the outdoor classroom.

  • Through our Family STEM Nights, we involve families to reinforce classroom concepts.


We believe that outdoor science education is not just a luxury but a necessity. More than 55% of the students we serve are from low-income families, and building capacity to fundraise enables us to help under-served students across our region.

Position Description

We are seeking a dynamic individual to coordinate and expand the Family STEM Night program and teach field education classes in the Reno area. This position requires a motivated individual with an engaging presence and an insistence on excellence, who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking capacity through high quality STEM experiences. We are seeking someone prepared to teach and develop Family STEM Night activities; design, coordinate, and lead STEM Night Events; and teach SNJ field-based STEM programming.  The position requires an individual who is able to thrive independently, work well on a team, and is committed to supporting a non-profit on the leading edge of the Informal Education industry. The STEM Coordinator/Instructor will report directly to the Reno Program Director.


Service Location: Reno, NV


Timeline for Service: September 2019 - August 2020


Areas of Responsibility:

  • STEM Night Coordination

    • Lead 40+ Family STEM Night events annually for Sierra Nevada Journeys

    • Recruit schools to book Family STEM Night programs

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

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

    • Prepare, maintain and replenish supplies

    • Manage partner relationships in Sacramento and Nevada for Family STEM Night expansion

  • Curriculum Development

    • Design high-quality curriculum and materials for a variety of settings and audiences on an as needed basis for our STEM Night Events  

    • Work closely with Industry partners to expand STEM Stations to include Workforce Development into Family STEM Nights   

  • Field Education

    • School Year: Teach Sierra Nevada Journeys’ field based “Classrooms Unleashed” programs, including Watershed, Earth Science and Life Science topics at local field sites.  

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

    • Summer: Work and live at the beautiful Grizzly Creek Ranch as a counselor for Summer Camp and People With Disabilities / Teen Leadership camps.  

      • Room and Board provided through the summer.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Passion for education, art, photography or video, or communications and journalism

  • Experience with or passion for STEM topics

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • A keen eye for detail

  • Ability to manage and maintain multiple projects and tasks requiring tight deadlines

  • Motivation, a strong work ethic, and team oriented

  • Dedication to seeing tasks to completion, and efficiency in completing tasks

  • Creativity and a love for learning

  • A professional attitude

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in engaging Families and Students in STEM education to provide future opportunities in STEM careers to the next generation of youth.

  • Passion or experience working with youth or families from historically marginalized communities.

  • Excellent written, phone and in-person professional communication skills

  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and to be accountable to deliverables

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

  • Ability to pass background check

  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds and hike 2-3 miles with a backpack

  • Reliable vehicle (ability to drive to school and field sites in and around a city)

  • Ability to work and live in Portola, CA, during the summer (room & board provided)

  • Higher education degree in related field, or 2+ years relevant experience

  • Ability to thrive in an environment that is fast-paced, creative, dynamic, and growing

Member Benefits

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $13,992, a $6,095 education award upon successful completion of service, healthcare, childcare coverage (for eligible members), and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service. If the member qualifies, they will also receive student loan forbearance and interest payments.

Evaluation and Reporting

Members will receive a mid-year and end-of-term performance evaluation from their site-supervisor and the AmeriCorps Program Director. Members will submit their biweekly Member Service Logs (timesheets) to their supervisor to be approved. Members are also responsible for reporting performance measures to their site supervisor and AmeriCorps Program Director every month during their term of service.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to Alyssa at

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