Education Internship II


Hidden Villa’s nine-month, full-time, residential internship is our most in-depth place-based, experiential program for young, emerging leaders (ages 18 to 26) who are in the process of discovering the work they want to do in the world. This program immerses nine education interns in the joys and challenges of living on an educational farm and wilderness space, caring for the land and animals while living communally and working in various roles to support Hidden Villa’s programs.

Interns will experiment with learning the values and skills of environmental education, sustainable living, regenerative farming, community building, and systemic change within a 40-staff member, multifaceted, 62-year old nonprofit organization.

Hidden Villa is committed to the vision that everyone deserves a sustainable, healthy, and just future – not just the few and privileged. Through education, reflection, and community building, we will humbly continue to remove barriers and create opportunities that promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world for all, regardless of background or ability. Our work is far from done. We acknowledge the need to reflect, hold space, and learn from the ways we could have done more. Now, more than ever is the time for action.

As the four areas we wish to impact—climate change mitigation, place-based outdoor education, healthy local food systems, and an anti-racist, just society—contain some of the biggest challenges of our times with no known path to success, we seek learners who are willing to engage the questions and challenges with humility, grace, and in community.


Key Responsibilities

  • Co-create a life-giving communal living atmosphere by completing your weekly, rotating household chores and participating in weekly, mandatory house meetings
  • Facilitate Saturday and Sunday Education Programs for families, groups, and corporate volunteers
  • Develop and implement curriculum for 8-week, 2-3 hour Covey Education Program
  • Occasionally lead day-long Hidden Villa Education Programs
  • Collaborate with fellow interns, teachers, managers, coordinators, volunteers, and parents to create a positive, inclusive environment for our participants
  • Participate in Hidden Villa meetings, community programs, and donor events
  • Perform daily animal chores
  • Attend weekly educational, professional development workshops that focus on the 4 Impact Areas

Program Benefits

As a participant in this program you will gain:

  • Training and experience in best practices in the field of Experiential Education and Youth Development skills 
  • Behavior and group management of TK-12th graders and adults
  • Lesson planning and curriculum development
  • Customer service and volunteer engagement
  • Diverse educational models and pedagogies
  • Weekly educational, professional development on-site workshops
  • Increased confidence, competence, and employability as an educator Educator confidence, competence
  • Flora, fauna and general ecology of the Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Literacy in Climate Change Mitigation, Anti Racist and Just Society, Healthy Local Food Systems, and Place-Based Outdoor Education for All

This position is a full-time, 8-9 month, residential, unpaid Internship. A stipend of $1,050/month is provided. Benefits include: professional development, housing, and some seasonal produce and dairy products from the farm when available. It is the responsibility of the intern to obtain health insurance. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.

Candidate Qualifications

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age with the ability to work outside performing manual labor. Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States is required along with submission of fingerprints and the subsequent successful background check.


Who Is This For?

  • Committed to the work of our mission and four impact areas
  • Interest in an immersive experience
  • Open to learning and sometimes not knowing 
  • Willing to struggle with the question of what it means to make a difference in our world
  • Have experience working with children in a formal or informal setting
  • Have experience or skills in any of the following: working with diverse populations and language learners, natural history/ecology, gardens, volunteers, wilderness experiences, and creative expression through music/art
  • Willing to build communication skills and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback and guidance
  • Willing to examine your capacity, strengths, and challenges to make change within community

How to Apply

If you have any questions about the Internship Program, please reach out to Sofia Pablo-Hoshino at [email protected] or 650-949-6327. 

Please email a cover letter and your current resume to [email protected] with the subject line "Education Intern II - YOUR NAME". Telephone inquiries can be directed to (650) 949-6327. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and hope to conduct interviews in mid July.