Internships with Canyon Field School


Opportunities to Grow

Grand Canyon Conservancy has established a Naturalist Intern Program to familiarize and train college students and/or graduates in the field of Outdoor Education. This program enhances the Canyon Field School (CFS) through campsite and program preparation, activity development, and completion of an Intern Project. Interns assist with the preparation and implementation of day and overnight outdoor education programs at Grand Canyon National Park. 

Scope of Internship

Under the supervision of the CFS Manager, interns choose and develop a project which enhances both CFS’s programs and the intern’s professional development. Interns may also have opportunities to assist with activity and curriculum development for CFS programs. A large part of this internship will involve collecting materials, preparing for upcoming programs, and helping facilitate overnight and day education programs. Work will require weekends, extended hours, and routine exposure to elements when conducting outdoor classes. Canyon Field School's programs mostly consist of overnight camps. Interns must be prepared to work multiple days and nights in a row staying with youth groups in a camp setting. Prior overnight camp experience is helpful in understanding the work requirements of this position.


Interns will receive a bi-weekly stipend and housing for the duration of their internship. Additional opportunities such as inner canyon experiences and professional development classes may arise.


  • Be a current university student or recent graduate
  • Be interested in a career in nonformal or environmental education
  • Be willing to commit at least 3 months full time to work and live at Grand Canyon
  • Have experience with children, especially middle and high schoolers
  • Have experience in outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping
  • Have a strong work ethic, good organizational skills, and the ability to work independently

To Apply

Be prepared to provide a transcript and letter of reference in addition to the application.

The application consists of several self-reflection long response questions. Please take time to review them and be prepared with thoughtful answers when you start your online application!

Application Self-Reflection Questions

CFS offers internships year round. Start and end dates are flexible as long as the intern is willing to commit at least three months. Internship application deadlines are strictly set.

Spring Internships: Deadline to apply - December 1 (terms are usually February - April or March - May)
Summer Internships: Deadline to apply - February 1 (terms are usually May - August)
Fall Internships: Deadline to apply - June 1 (terms are usually September - November)

Supplemental documents such as resumes, transcripts, cover letters, and letters of reference may be attached to the application or sent separately to:

Apply today to start your career in conservation education!