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Parks in Focus® 2024 Summer Position Announcement: California (Yosemite) Trip Leader

Posted: 2/6/2024

The Stewart L. Udall Parks in Focus® Program (Parks in Focus®) is a program of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation) that provides opportunities for middle school youth to explore nature and our Nation’s public lands through photography and outdoor learning.


The Udall Foundation is seeking an enthusiastic, organized, and highly motivated individual to lead Parks in Focus® activities with groups of youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (East Palo Alto & Menlo Park) and Real Options for City Kids (San Francisco). The trip leader will spend the summer organizing and leading local field trips in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as three 5-day camping trips to Yosemite National Park.

The selected trip leader will receive training; be provided with program curriculum and resources; and work closely with staff from the Udall Foundation, our partner youth organizations, and volunteers.

Total hours per week will vary from 15 during preparatory weeks to 70 during trip weeks; the position is expected to consist of approximately 400 hours*. The position will begin May 20 (tentative) and will continue through August 24. There may be an opportunity to resume the position in summer 2025 if performance is satisfactory and other considerations, such as funding, are obtained.


Onboarding, Training & Program Preparation

  • Attend a multiday training program (dates TBD).
  • Become familiar with the Parks in Focus® mission, goals, curriculum, and resources.
  • Visit Yosemite and other activity sites for scouting and risk management planning.

Program Implementation

  • Host informational meetings for participants, parents, and partners.
  • Finalize activity itineraries and handle all necessary logistics.
  • Lead assigned Parks in Focus® activities and field trips.
  • Ensure activities run smoothly and safely.
  • Teach photography curricula and meet educational goals for each activity.
  • Work with participants to develop their photography skills.
  • Lead games, team building exercises, journaling, art, environmental science, and other relevant educational activities with participants.
  • Help engage and motivate participants, partner staff, and volunteers.
  • Ensure activities are well-documented through photos and videos.
  • Ensure all participant forms and evaluation data are gathered and complete.

Program Reporting & Other Tasks

  • Provide scheduled updates and reports to supervisor.
  • Organize all photographs, video footage, and evaluation data.
  • Prepare photo highlights for all participants, staff, and partners.
  • Perform other administrative tasks as assigned.


  • Appreciation of the outdoors and ability to spark that enthusiasm in others.
  • Experience working with K-12 youth, preferably in an outdoor or camp setting.
  • Comfort with camping, hiking, and being outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Interest in photography and willingness to learn and teach basic curriculum.
  • Familiarity with local parks and/or the communities served by this position.
  • Ability to assess and manage risks associated with outdoor activities.
  • Positive, upbeat attitude, and ability to adapt to changing demands.
  • Strong writing, communication, teaching, leadership, and teamwork skills.
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and access to reliable transportation.
  • Must have current First Aid and CPR certifications prior to start date.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification highly desired.
  • Spanish fluency highly desired.
  • Summer home base in/near Bay Area (housing is not provided).
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be willing to provide fingerprints for a criminal background check.


  • $23.60/hour regular pay (approximately 350 regular hours anticipated*).
  • $35.40/hour overtime pay (approximately 50 overtime hours anticipated*).
  • Mileage reimbursement for personal vehicle use for pre-approved travel.
  • Supplies, campsites, and rental vehicle provided for scheduled overnight activities.
  • DSLR digital camera to use for duration of employment.


Visit the Udall Foundation’s website at

* Estimate of total work hours for the trip leader in summer 2024. Actual total may be less if weather, natural disasters, or other unexpected events necessitate trip cancellations.


Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant qualifications, a current resume, and contact information for three professional references via email to:

Parks in Focus® Program Manager
Udall Foundation
434 E. University Blvd., Suite 300
Tucson, AZ 85705


The successful applicant will be required to provide fingerprints that will be used to conduct a criminal history background check. Employment for this position will be subject to the Udall Foundation’s review and evaluation of the results of the background check.


11:59 p.m. (PST) on Sunday, March 3, 2024

About the Udall Foundation
The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall's lasting impact on this Nation’s environment, public lands, and natural resources, and his support of the rights and self-governance of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to also honor Stewart L. Udall for his half century of distinguished national leadership in environmental and Native American policy. The agency is known today as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation) and is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

The Udall Foundation is authorized by Congress to:

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