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Science Educator


Posted by Sierra Nevada Journeys on 01/22/2024

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Outdoor Education

Company Type: Conservation, School/Military

State: NV

City: Reno


Required Experience: 0 - 1 year

Contact Name: Olive Schillo

Business Phone: 775-355-1688

Job Type: Part Time

Salary: $19 - $20 hourly

Required to Relocate: No

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 10 miles

Job Description & Requirements


Sierra Nevada Journeys seeks dynamic education professionals to help expand the program base in Reno, NV. This position requires a motivated individual passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking skills through outdoor science education. The ideal candidate is prepared to teach in various settings (classroom, outdoors, afterschool program, and Family STEM Nights) and support the overall education operations of the Classrooms Unleashed program. The position requires an individual who can work on their own and a team, and we are committed to supporting a nonprofit on the leading edge of the informal education industry. Part-time Science Educators will report directly to Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Reno Program Director.  


  • Teach Sierra Nevada Journeys programs in the classroom, at afterschool programs, on field days, and Summer Day Camp, and lead Family STEM Nights (85%) 

  • Typical programs may include the following: 

  • Classrooms Unleashed – Most teaching will be done through this multi-part program. This program includes two in-class lessons and an outdoor science field study at a local nature site. Topics include Earth Science, Life Science, Environmental Science, and Physical Science and Engineering. 

  • Outdoor field studiesThis involves leading groups of 12-20 students, K-6th grade, through a variety of field-based science activities at local nature sites during the field study portion of the Classrooms Unleashed program. 

  • Family STEM Nights – Lead family engagement events at elementary schools and partnering community-based organizations. Serve as site contact, lead and organize volunteers, organize and set up station supplies, and “emcee” the event. 

  • Afterschool Programs – Facilitate 60–90-minute, hands-on STEM and team-building activities with up to 30 students in the classroom and the schoolyard. 

  • Summer Day Camp – Facilitate summer day camp programs at local outdoor sites—lead groups of 15 elementary-aged children through STEM learning activities and traditional summer camp activities.  

  • Assist with program administration duties, such as printing student notebooks, prepping lesson bins, communicating with teachers, grading student assessments, and inputting teacher program evaluation responses (10%) 

  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings and support outreach events, such as job fairs, educational tabling events, etc. (5%) 


  • This is a year-round position, with some seasonal variability for hours. Most of our programs align with the school calendar. Therefore, most working hours occur from mid-August to mid-December and late February to mid-June. 

  • Winter (mid-December through late February) hours will be lower, with fewer programs during these time frames. 

  • Program development, curriculum writing, teaching, or observing other Sierra Nevada Journeys programs may be included during these off-season time frames. 

  • Summer hours include leading our Summer Day Camp program at local outdoor sites (mid-June-early August). 



  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. availability with occasional evening availability until 7 p.m. for Family STEM Night facilitation (workdays will not exceed 8 hours) 

  • Ability to commute daily to schools and field trip sites within a 10-45 minute drive of the Reno office. Carpooling from the Reno office is available for most but not all programs. 

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

  • Ability to pass a background check 

  • Passionate commitment to working with children of all backgrounds 

  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and maintain a positive attitude 

  • All employees and volunteers are required to attest in writing they have up-to-date immunizations against the diseases needed for public school attendance in the state in which they work and have received a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment 


  • Potential for an additional 3% pay for Spanish fluency or other languages relevant to supporting our programs 

  • Six paid holidays 

  • Partial cell phone plan reimbursement 

  • Paid sick leave 

  • Optional 403(b) retirement plan and up to a 4% match by Sierra Nevada Journeys  

  • Mileage reimbursement  

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

  • In-house professional learning sessions and stipend for professional development opportunities 

  • Innovative organization focused on high-quality programs and improving access to the outdoors. 

About Sierra Nevada Journeys

At Sierra Nevada Journeys, we specialize in “aha” moments where the lights come on and everything is boldly and brightly illuminated and the world suddenly makes perfect sense. These moments of awakening, self-discovery and joy revolutionize young lives. They remove barriers and open the door to untold possibilities for a student. At Sierra Nevada Journeys, “aha” moments are the reason we exist. As an outdoor science education nonprofit, we’ve helped more than 200,000 children to explore Nature through science, and fuel their own unique connections and discoveries. Most students we serve come from high-need communities across Northern Nevada and Northern California. In fact, 61 percent of our students are children of color and over half the kids we serve come from low-income families. Our mission is to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based programs for youth to foster our next generation of our community’s leaders, scientists, and stewards.