Field and Administrative 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!

All positions for Summer 2021 have been filled. We Are Currently Accepting Applications for School Year Programs 

Friction fire. Epic games. Awareness. Laughter. Natural history. Stories and songs. Building community. Gratitude. Strengthening connection to Nature. Tree ID. Tracking.

For over 20 years, Primitive Pursuits has been a one-of-a-kind organization committed to improving the health of our planet through getting kids and adults outside and connecting with nature, themselves and each other. At Primitive Pursuits, we value BELONGING, GRATITUDE, AWARENESS and GETTING OUTSIDE!

SUMMER 2021 Intern / Apprentice Position Descriptions to View or Download:

A day at Primitive Pursuits might include:

  • Leading an epic game of capture the flag through the woods
  • Helping preschoolers navigate social-emotional skill development
  • Communicating with parents and care-givers to help bridge the gap between in-the-moment outdoor education and long-term youth development
  • Collaboratively designing innovative and exciting nature-based activities
  • Receiving mentoring from trained Wilderness Instructors, including earth-based skills and outdoor leadership

Sound like the place to be?

Apply now to join our team as a Field or Administrative Intern: contribute to the success of a thriving local non-profit while gaining skills and experience to last a lifetime!

Now looking for SUMMER Interns and Apprentices!

Our Field Interns and Apprentices assist Instructors with youth programs (ages 3-16). They attend planning meetings, receive personal mentoring, and provide leadership and support in the fields, streams and forests we call home. Opportunities are available during the school year (with Ithaca Forest Preschool, Homeschool, and Afterschool programs) and during the summer with our unique Summer Day Camp programs.

Our Administrative Interns are an integral part of our organization, and support our mission and programs through photojournalism, administrative support, marketing, growth and development, graphic design, grant writing – the options go on!

Each summer we also specifically look for a Photojournalist Intern to join our Summer Camp team! This position is an integral member of our marketing team and is tasked with capturing the experiences of campers each week and sharing these moments with campers’ families, prospective attendees and the world through weekly blog posts published on our website and social media.

What skills do you bring to the table?

All internships are provided through Cornell Cooperative Extension. Primitive Pursuits academic year internships are unpaid and provide extensive on-the-job training. We partner with local universities providing internships to fulfill degree requirements, such as Ithaca College’s Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Studies majors.

    Field Interns and Apprentices

    • Passion and comfort in exploring the natural world
    • Ability to work on a team
    • Strong interest in learning more about working with children in a rugged outdoor setting
    • Excitement about spending every day outdoors in the woods, no matter the weather. Curiosity is required – experience is not!
    • Summer: 3-6 weeks of camp at 40 hours per week (M-F) for an Internship position; 7-10 weeks of camp at 40 hours per week (M-F) 
    • Academic Year: Ability to work a regular schedule in one or more of our youth programs for the duration of a program season. Staff hours for Ithaca Forest Preschool are Mon-Thurs, 8:45am-12:45pm; Homeschool hours are Thurs & Fri, 8:00am-2:00pm; Afterschool programs meet various weekdays, usually 1:45pm-4:45pm.

    Administrative Intern

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive and comfort with computer skills development
    • Maintaining a positive, professional and inclusive environment
    • Collaborating effectively with others
    • Desire to promote the educational mission of the program and the parent institutions
    • Other skills such as photography, writing, social media, etc, strongly desired
    • Summer: Flexible scheduling, usually 15-20 hours per week and at least nine weeks in duration, starting the beginning of June through the beginning of September
    • Academic Year: Flexible scheduling, several hours per week

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    Rustic camping is available only in the summer season. Note that this option is not guaranteed in Summer 2021
    *We require all Field Interns to commit to staff training week plus a minimum of three weeks of camp, all Field Apprentices commit to staff training week and a minimum of seven weeks of camp. The Friday before each week is a required planning meeting from 5pm - 7pm.
    Our summer work hours range from 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday, and 8am-7pm on Friday. Are there specific dates within that time period that you could not work?
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    Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent.”
    Richard Louv

    Author of 'The Last Child in the Woods'