Youth Summer Internship – Applications Due April 22


APPLICATION is DUE Monday, April 22, 2019  (online or paper version available)

The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and Guidestone are each hiring a high school camp intern (current sophomores – seniors)!  There is a position with each organization, requiring availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 6 weeks in June and July.   You may apply for one or both organizations, but can only be hired by one.

JOB TITLE:  Summer Camp Intern

CLASSIFICATION:  Contract, 8 hours/day, 8:45 to 4:15 pm

+ 30 min on your own time to prepare for a session activity (i.e. plan a team building game)


Both Camps are a 6 week series meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays = $1,040


  • Required Training:   June 6, (4 hours, time TBA)
  • GARNA’s Nature Camp & Guidestone Garden Camp                                    
    • June 11 and 13
    • June 18 and 20
    • June 25 and 27
    • July 9 and 11
    • July 16 and 18
    • July 23 and 25
  • ** Neither camp meets the week of July 4th
  • Required Evaluation and Reflection:  4 hours; Date to be determined. Flexible with intern’s schedule.

FUNCTION OR PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION:  GARNA and Guidestone seek 2 high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors to serve as Camp Interns during the summer.  Camp Interns will encourage younger youth (Grades K – 6) who are participating in camp and lead team building games and activities.

ABOUT NATURE AND GARDEN CAMP:  Both camps are for students grades K – 6. In Nature Camp, students travel to a different public land location each week to learn about a different theme such as the watershed, wildlife, pollinators, or wilderness skills through games, art, hands-on activities and exploration! In Garden Camp, students will engage in hands on activities which include food growing methods, harvesting techniques, ecosystems, plant life cycles, and pollinators at either Longfellow Elementary or Salida Middle School Garden sites and travel to other sites such as the Monarch Spur Trail and the Community & School Farm.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF INTERNSHIP:  Responsibilities and duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:  Help create a safe, positive, inclusive, and enthusiastic camp environment.   Be respectful of participants’ needs, interacting and engaging with each camper.  Help participants first, but also engage in daily camp activities oneself.   Help with set up and take down of activities.  Lead a team building activity at each session. Walk campers to and from the Boys and Girls Club before and after camp. Participate in reflections with staff. Intern is expected to have reliable transportation to/from the designated meeting location: Boys and Girls Club, Salida Middle School, or Longfellow Elementary.

Potential applications should be a current high school sophomore, junior, or senior who is safety minded, flexible, responsible, and enthusiastic.   Youth interns do not need to have exceptional skills in the outdoors or with gardening but should enjoy working with younger students and be friendly and willing to support campers throughout the activities.   Interns will lead team building activities for a group of up to 15 students.  GARNA and Guidestone will ask interns to attend a free CPR and First Aid training if they are able to attend, you do not have to be certified to apply.

ABOUT GARNA: The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, GARNA, is a 501C3 non-profit organization, an EOE employer.  GARNA, through community collaboration, inspires a conservation ethic by providing educational opportunities and experiences so that those who live, work and play in the Upper Arkansas Valley are motivated to take care of the natural resources and leave a legacy of responsible use of the natural environment. For more information, please visit

ABOUT GUIDESTONE: Guidestone Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is growing a vibrant agricultural future through education, community building, and partnerships. We have four cornerstone programs support this mission. Farmhands Education Programs provide opportunities to grow awareness, skills, and appreciation of farming and ranching. The Farm to School Initiative ensures students have access to local food in their school meals and in-school garden education. The Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center offers historical and cultural interpretation and agricultural education to bridge the past and future of local agriculture. And Colorado Land Link supports aspiring and current farmers, ranchers, and landowners through a matching service, resource library, and educational programming. For more information, please visit

TRAVEL:  Both camps meet at Longfellow Elementary on Tuesday and at Salida Middle School on Thursday. Each intern will have designated days to walk students from the Boys and Girls Club during camp, and on those days, will meet campers at the Club before walking over to the school site. For Nature Camp, transportation to public lands locations will be provided.

CAREER TRACK:  This position is grant funded for the summer through Marijuana Excise Tax Advisory Board (METAB).  Interns will be given an opportunity to apply to work with future field trips or internships.  GARNA and Guidestone will also be happy to share further information about jobs with partners such as: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, BLM, local ranches and farms, and supply recommendation letters to accompany a resume.

To Apply:  Please complete the online or paper application by Monday, April 22 11:59 pm.  GARNA and/or Guidestone will call to schedule an interview if you are selected as a top applicant, interview dates are April 29 and 30th.  Hires will be announced by Monday, May 6th.

Online Application:

Paper Application to print:

Paper Application: Drop off at 128 East First St. Salida CO, Suite 205 (GARNA’s office – next to the new Cafe Dawn above Yoga Tonic) or mail it to GARNA, PO Box 1522, Salida, CO 81201

Questions about Guidestone Garden Camp, contact Leah,, 303-910-3247

Questions about GARNA Nature Camp, contact Emily,, 719-539-5106