Volunteer and Internship Program (VIP)

Volunteer and Internship Program (VIP)

Volunteer & Internship Program (VIP)

ITE  seeks motivated, outgoing, and reliable volunteers and interns (ages 14 and up) to assist with a wide range of tasks from backcountry excursions to grant writing. Some VIPs come with a strong skill set and years of experiences while others seek opportunities to gain experience, training and academic credit.

Note that all adult VIPs who work around youth will be subject to a background check before beginning work with ITE.

Here are ways that Volunteers and Interns can participate in ITE!


Youth Outdoor Field Programs

Community Action Projects- field assistance with restoration and conservation projects in Tucson urban neighborhoods and backcountry/wildlands.  Helpful Qualifications: enthusiastic, some knowledge of Sonoran Desert ecology and permaculture techniques.

EcoPrograms- field assistance for single day to multi night backcountry and urban nature adventure programs primarily on weekends. Helpful Qualifications: enthusiastic, knowledge of Sonoran Desert ecology, outdoor experience (camping, backpacking, climbing, etc), ability to tolerate warm weather and hike several miles with a backpack.

Field Science for School- field assistance with middle school and high school science, leadership and experiential education programs primarily on weekdays.  Helpful Qualifications: enthusiastic, knowledge of Sonoran Desert ecology, outdoor experience (camping, backpacking, climbing, etc), ability to tolerate warm weather and hike several miles with a backpack, experience with science and implementing scientific method.


Non Profit Operations

Administrative- office assistance, community events, and outreach often on weekdays and some weekends. Helpful Qualifications: comfort and competence in Excel spreadsheets, Google Drive, has reliable transportation.

Grant Writing and Development– Researching, writing grants and developing strategic partnerships and donors. Helpful Qualifications: Experience with grant writing and/or development and/or donor and partner cultivation, Excel spreadsheets, and a passion for the ITE mission.

Marketing– create marketing materials and assisting with social media. Helpful Qualifications: proficiency in use of Excel, Google Drive, Adobe illustrator/photoshop, Facebook, Instagram, etc.


Interested? Please complete the application and we will get back to you. Please note that our ability to accept and manage Volunteers and Interns may be limited. We keep all applications on file for future opportunities.