Position Description

Military Outdoors Intern
Location Los Angeles, CA
Job Code 351-22CHP
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Job Title: Military Outdoors Intern
Department: Angeles Chapter
Location: Remote within Los Angeles. Work from the Sierra Club offices at least once per week.
Reports to: Chapter Director
Duration: 6 months, for 15 hrs/wk


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.


Scope: The Sierra Club Military Outdoors intern will build skills related to working with partners, program creation centered on equity and inclusion, and grassroots organizing. This internship is specifically focused on creating a Sierra Club Military Outdoors (SCMO) program in LA and Orange Counties. Sierra Club Military Outdoors (SCMO) envisions a world in which all veterans, members of the military, and their families have the opportunity to benefit from the healing powers of being outdoors.

The intern is responsible for supporting the recruitment of participants into the program through outreach to partners within the military and veteran communities, along with other partners such as the YMCA and other locally-identified groups. The intern supports processes and procedures to start or grow volunteer leaders to support the SCMO program.

This internship may include some travel time and will include some weekend and evening hours.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Works with volunteers and staff to recruit, organize and train Military Outdoors participants and leaders. The intern will track interest form signups and communicate with interested individuals, connecting them to opportunities and supporting the program to respond to the needs of our community.
  2. Creates inclusive spaces that center BIPOC participants and volunteer leaders in SCMO. The intern will be a key player in creating a welcoming invitation for BIPOC individuals to see themselves as belonging to the SCMO program.
  3. Develops communications to advertise the SCMO program. The intern will coordinate and distribute through chapter communication channels photos and writeups of SCMO activities to raise awareness of the program's activities and mission.
  4. Work with the chapter director to develop the program. The intern will learn and grow through regular checkins with the chapter director on how to grow the program and develop an effective volunteer leadership team.
  5. Join Military Outdoors outings. The intern will be asked to participate in some of the SCMO activities.


The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Interest and enthusiasm for connecting self and community to nature
  • Understanding and/or experience working with military, veteran and veteran family populations (Military service encouraged but not required!)
  • Ability to work in a team environment and collaborate with both volunteers and staff to achieve a goal
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to use systems to organize people, meetings and schedules
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Understanding and/or experience working with populations traditionally under-represented in the outdoors and in environmental organizations, particularly in high stress and trauma populations
  • Google suite, Microsoft suite, database management
  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Outdoor program risk management



The hourly rate for this position is $15/Hour.

This is a category 99 non-exempt, non-represented, temporary position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee's manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., "B.A. Philosophy"), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names. 

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process. 

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

We are accepting applications until the position is filled. 


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