Administrative and Field Internships 

Contribute to a vibrant and exciting non-profit and work on skills to help you be the (mission driven, systems thinking, independently motivated) person every employer is looking for!

10 Month position available with Ithaca Forest Preschool. Gain valuable experience teaching in our all-outdoor nature immersion preschool for children ages 3-5!

Reports to: Sarah Brown, Host Site Supervisor

Hiring Process:
AmeriCorps Program Application, Screening (Includes interview, screening and background check), and selection Early childhood education, nature education, environmental education, the Art of Mentoring, or naturalist studies a plus Service

Site Location: 4-H Acres, 418 Lower Creek Rd., Ithaca NY.

Term of Service:
450 Hours—10 month position

Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm, two mornings per week 8:30am-1:00pm, and some evening and weekend hours for special events and in-service staff development (about 25 hours total for the position). There will also be two days required at the beginning for training.

Hours Per Week: Average of 12.5

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About Americorps

AmeriCorps is a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in intensive community service work with the goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community".[1] Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies, to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, health care, and environmental protection. The program is often compared to the Peace Corps as its domestic counterpart.[2][3]

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I whole-heartedly believe that the way in which Primitive Pursuits connects children with nature is a genuine saving grace of society. The amount of respect that is displayed towards children as well as each other has been unparalleled in any other organization that I have been a part of. T​.​L​., Summer Staff​

Field Internships

Our Field Interns combine wilderness survival skills and bioregional knowledge with the most effective tools of mentoring and professional development.

As part of a committed group that challenges, creates and leads together you will have many opportunities for personal growth and valuable workforce training. Interns act as assistant instructors for our summer camps and receive training in our unique approach to mentoring youth in nature, which focuses on curiosity, play and asking questions as much or more than delivery of facts.

What You Will Experience:

  • Trailblazing through epic forests in the Finger Lakes Region
  • Advanced Primitive Skills including wild edibles, friction fire and natural shelter
  • First-hand experience in experiential wilderness education
  • With experienced lead instructors, guide groups of youth into natural areas, away from facilities and without modern gear, engaging them in a self-directed inquiry into basic, personal and group survival needs.
  • Spending every day in the forest having the time of your life!

Details: Field Internships are 40 hours per week, with one week of skills training and a minimum of three weeks of direct teaching experience.

Administrative Internships

Creative thinkers. Radical Problem Solvers. Join our team at Primitive Pursuits to contribute to our national effort to develop social change and nature awareness.

We offer cutting edge internships where you will test your knowledge and build your skills. You’ll receive support and guidance from a team of entrepreneurial minded program leaders dedicated to building financially successful models of lasting social change. Expect a great deal of learning opportunities and a friendly, innovative work environment.

Available Internships include:

  • Marketing Strategist
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Human Resource Management

Administrative internships are generally 20 or more hours per week. Qualifications include ability to: understand and incorporate teaching philosophy into program delivery; maintain a positive, professional and inclusive environment; collaborate effectively with others and engage youth; promote the Primitive Pursuits nature education mission; keep effective records; and demonstrate commitment to your own professional growth. Expect a great deal of learning opportunities and a friendly, innovative work environment.

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