Hidden Villa hiring Youth Development Intern

Los Altos Hills, California

Hidden Villa                                                                                                                                                                 February 2015

Job Announcement

Youth Development Intern-Resident

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.  Hidden Villa stretches over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, 40 miles south of San Francisco. Our mission is “to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land, and legacy.” We are seeking an energetic and responsible team player to fill our Youth Development internship.  This position begins with a required Summer Camp component June 2015-August 2015 and the internship portion runs from September 2015-May 2016.


The Youth Development intern is required to complete a summer as camp program staff working with middle and high school aged youth before beginning their internship. During camp they work directly under the supervision of the Director of Summer Camp and Youth Programs from June-August as camp staff in programs for middle and high school aged youth.  Starting in September, the Youth Development intern will work as a part of our Youth Development team.  The internship will develop teaching experience in program facilitation for grades 7-12 while positively impacting youth in Bay Area communities.

Working Hours: June-August, hours vary according to camp program or position and may extend into weekends.

September –May, hours are Monday to Friday (8-5 minimum) plus some evenings and weekend programs.


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 with participants in your camp program

Youth Development Internship- September-May

  • Facilitate onsite and offsite programs with diverse youth including opening and closing circles, activities, and debriefs.
  • Develop age appropriate curricula, that is culturally relevant and experientially engaging, on a variety of topics such as Environmental Science, Food Justice, and Community Building
  • Belay students on our High Ropes Course, and facilitate student participation on our Low Challenge Elements.
  • Manage program calendar and supplies, archive programs, contribute to marketing media, and assist in interviewing candidates for the ACT program
  • Design and facilitate an independent project or partnership in line with professional growth and the YD departments goals
  • Participate in communal living responsibilities with interns including house meetings and chores
  • Attend weekly educational enrichment classes provided for the interns each Monday
  • Meet with the intern coordinator regularly to define career goals and build a professional development plan
  • Register for and attend a number of professional conferences, workshops, college courses or other opportunities selected


Candidates must be at least 21 years of age. Experience working or volunteering 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.  Stipend June-August is dependant on camp position with a base rate of $310/week. September through May the intern receives a stipend of $525/month. Benefits September-May include: housing, seasonal produce, meat & dairy products from the farm when available, holiday time, vacation, and sick leave.  No medical, dental or vision benefits are provided however an additional stipend of $100/month is included to offset the cost of health coverage.   Obtaining coverage is the responsibility of the intern.  During summer camp from June through August, many staff camp outdoors; only a few positions involve shared housing. Meals are provided while camp is in session.  Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.

The Youth Development Intern takes a winter break from Dec. 12, 2015- January 1, 2016 in addition to any Hidden Villa holidays that fall on Monday-Friday.  Vacations requests are subject to manager approval.

As summer camp staff, June-August, vacation approved is dependent on position accepted.


Please mail your cover letter, a copy of your current resume and completed internship application to:

Intern Coordinator at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 or via e-mail to internships@hiddenvilla.org

Telephone inquiries can be directed to (650)793-7565.  For more information visit www.hiddenvilla.org/programs/internship

Position is open until filled

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