Detroit Outdoors Intern

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Sierra Club

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Detroit, MI, United States

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17 days ago

Job Title: Detroit Outdoors Intern
Department: Programs
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Reports to: Associate Campaign Director
Duration: 37.5 hours a week for 6 months

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.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement.

Scope: The Detroit Outdoors Intern reports directly to Sierra Club Detroit Outdoors Program Lead for daily assignments and questions. The Detroit Outdoors Program Lead is responsible for providing guidance and documentation related to the Intern’s assigned tasks, duty performance, and mentoring .Meetings will be scheduled regularly with the Outdoors for All Associate Campaign Director, Detroit Outdoors Program Lead, and the Intern to manage project workflow and ensure successful completion of work tasks.

The Detroit Outdoors Intern will assist the Sierra Club Detroit Outdoors Program, in collaboration with the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, in developing and delivering a robust youth and family camping and outdoors initiative. Other projects may include working to support the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Outings and to also assist with the Gear Library.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist at Camping Leadership Training sessions in support of the Detroit Outdoors camping program
  • Issue camping gear to in-coming groups; receive gear from out-going groups; inspect and identify any issues with equipment and supplies when they are returned
  • Set up materials needed for group to participate in stewardship activity; retrieve materials at the end of each day
  • Introduce the stewardship activity so groups are equipped and ready to participate
  • Assist with leading volunteer stewardship activities
  • Maintain electronic/paper documentation records of group visits; equipment needs; etc.
  • Communicate daily with education program lead
  • Assist with posting updates and highlights on park social media
  • Provide assistance and consultation for campers as needed and when requested
  • Participate in group and program evaluations as assigned by Detroit Outdoors Program Lead
  • Attend staff and partnership meetings and conference call
  • Assist in the evaluation of the program
  • Assist with creation and refinement of program related administrative systems
  • Attend in-service training and assist with coordination if requested
  • Complete work time sheets as scheduled
  • Attend conferences/seminars/meetings as requested by Detroit Outdoors Program Lead
  • Participate in performance evaluations of this position as directed by Detroit Outdoors Program Lead
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Detroit Outdoors Program Lead

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Equity Analysis and Practice. Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, justice and anti-oppression values. 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.
  • Interpersonal skills. Exhibits emotional intelligence, ability to engage in courageous conversations, especially around equity and inclusion, ability to build and maintain transformational relationships.
  • Communication skills. Excellent written and oral communications skills. Experience developing PowerPoint presentations, one-pagers, fact-sheets, etc. Comfort with (or ability to quickly learn) using software and online tools, such as the Google Suite, WordPress, MailChimp, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Work Ethics and Dependability. Ability to set and honor deadlines, follow through on commitments, and be responsive to a variety of communications styles. Flexible to meet needs of an ever-changing landscape.

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

  • Outdoor and camping skills, or the desire to learn these skills
  • The ability to work cooperatively with people of different backgrounds
  • Ability to troubleshoot and manage group activities
  • Computer literate and knowledge/understanding of Microsoft Office and Google Docs software
  • Commitment to responsible stewardship of natural resources

Logistics: Internship position is available for August 2022-January 2023. The internship is remote with access to the Detroit Outdoors office, located at 1313 West 7 Mile, Detroit MI 48203. Meetings will sometimes take place at partner organization meeting sites and Intern must be willing to travel within and around the Detroit-Metro area to assist with programming and supporting partner programming as needed. There is flexible scheduling of work hours, with work hours primarily during business hours (9am-6pm).


The hourly rate for this position is $15 per 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. 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.

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