Volunteers and interns play a critical role in the success of Thorne’s programs, and are involved at every level of the organization, from providing general administrative support to teaching programs and serving on the Board of Trustees. Volunteers and interns receive real-world work experience with a successful, 66 year-old nonprofit. Benefits include resume-building, professional references, and the personal fulfillment gained from knowing you have helped impact the lives of our community’s youth and protect the environment. A full list of current volunteer and intern opportunities are listed below. If you do not see the type of experience you are looking for and have your own idea about how you might be able to assist Thorne in achieving its mission, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303.499.3647.
SCHOOL YEAR OPPORTUNITIES
THORNE NATURE PRESCHOOL TEACHING VOLUNTEER OR INTERN
Thorne Nature Experience is seeking dedicated volunteers and interns who will support the Thorne Nature Preschool, a partial day, nature-based program that aims to both support early childhood development and foster deep nature connection. Our ideal candidates have a genuine love for young children, a deep personal connection to nature, are comfortable outdoors in all weather, and can commit from one to five days per week (Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm) for an entire semester (September-December; January-May) or a full school year. Volunteers and interns can give their time at either the Boulder or Lafayette location, and support daily operations of the preschool, including safety of children, assisting with creative activities and lessons, and being an inspirational mentor to children.
FIELD TRIP TEACHING VOLUNTEER OR INTERN (Boulder and Longmont)
Thorne is seeking enthusiastic, environmentally aware individuals who want experience working with youth in an outdoor setting to serve as Volunteers or Interns for Thorne’s Field Trip Programs in Boulder and Longmont. The 2nd Grade Field Trip Program is in partnership with the Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District and will connect nearly 1,800 2nd graders to nature each school year at Sombrero Marsh in Boulder and Sandstone Ranch in Longmont. Volunteers and Interns will gain up to 50 hours of mentored teaching experience and are responsible for teaching one of four field trip stations on the following topics: Birds, Water Insects, Land Insects, or Mapping. Positions are available from 9:00am-2:00pm during September-October and April-May. Half day positions are also possible. Longmont positions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Boulder positions are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays.
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AFTER SCHOOL TEACHING VOLUNTEER OR INTERN (Boulder, Lafayette, Broomfield, and Longmont)
Support Thorne’s educators as an After School Program Volunteer or Intern by helping to facilitate fun, hands-on, place-based learning activities to connect students to nature in their schoolyards. Volunteers and Interns will work with Thorne Staff at a school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays at a school in Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, or Broomfield. Programs run for 12 weeks in Fall (September-December) and Spring (February-May), with program hours from 3:00-5:00pm.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND MARKETING VOLUNTEER OR INTERN
Thorne Nature Experience is seeking individuals who want to gain experience volunteering in a nonprofit office setting. Volunteers will assist in a variety of tasks from writing and assembling student-authored Mini Books, preparing educational materials, organizing program photos, creating social media content, pulling invasive weeds along trails, assisting with fundraising mailings, staffing outreach events, and more! Office volunteers must be 16 years or older.
SUMMER CAMP EDUCATION & ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP
Through the Thorne Summer Camp Education and Administration Internship, you will have the amazing opportunity to foster a deep nature connection with children in our community, while gaining experience in the operations of a nonprofit organization. Summer Interns provide general program support by assisting in the oversight of camp, supporting Instructors, and contributing to our mission of connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences. Summer Interns also work in Thorne’s office on projects that may include marketing, fundraising, planning, research, and more! The ratio of field time to office time is flexible, depending on the preferences of the applicant. As an intern, you become part of a team of nature-oriented professionals who receive support from our Camp leaders, develop environmental education skills, and enjoy a community of peers who value a profound connection to nature. The ideal candidates have experience with children, are enthusiastic, curious, responsible, organized, and ready for action. This is a great opportunity for a person new to the environmental education field, who values nature connection in children, but may not have the necessary experience to be an Instructor.
Thorne Nature Experience is seeking enthusiastic, outdoorsy individuals who want to gain experience with a local, nonprofit organization. Volunteers will spend their day (8:15am-2:45pm) outdoors assisting an Instructor with a group of campers as they explore natural areas and parks around Boulder or Lafayette. Volunteers and Interns work with Thorne staff to mentor youth along their journey of nature connection, and opportunities to get more connected to nature themselves. Camps learn about various topics including survival skills, Colorado ecology, art, fishing, and more! Campers range in age from 5-15 years old. Teaching Assistants must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers can sign up for just one 2 week session, or spend all eleven weeks of summer outside exploring with Thorne!
STUDENT TEACHING ASSISTANT
Thorne Nature Experience is seeking enthusiastic, outdoorsy individuals who want to gain experience with a local, nonprofit organization. Volunteers will spend their day (8:15am-2:45pm) outdoors assisting an Instructor with a group of campers as they explore natural areas and parks. Campers hike around exploring natural areas learning about various topics including animals, art, camping, and more! STA’s are between 13-15 years old and might work with campers ranging in age from 5-8 years old. Volunteers can sign up for just one 2 week session, or spend all eleven weeks of summer outside exploring with Thorne! Previous experience as a Thorne camper is preferred to be a STA.