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Career Opportunities

Summer 2015: Become a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher for the Anza Trail in Oakland

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is excited to offer a Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) position for Summer 2015. The Anza Trail's TRT will work at the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, a certified site of the Anza Trail located in the diverse Fruitvale District of Oakland, CA. The TRT program includes a 3 credit graduate course in Place-Based Education through the University of Colorado, Denver (see course syllabus).

Projected Dates: Flexible, but must be inclusive of Mon-Fri, July 6 - August 14

Housing Availability: None

Stipend: $3000.00 upon completion of program and graduate course requirements

Graduate Credit: 3 graduate credit hours through University of Colorado Denver. (Online course begins June 9).

Total time commitment:

  • 28 hrs/week in education project at Peralta Hacienda, July 6 - Aug. 14 (168 hours total)
  • 45 hours of CU Denver online coursework, discussion, course readings
  • 17 hours of other National Park Service operational experiences

What is a Teacher Ranger Teacher?

The Teacher Ranger Teacher program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado Denver (CUD). The participants spend between four and six weeks in a NPS unit developing a major educational project and participating in an online graduate course from CU Denver. The goal of the program is to train teachers in the resources and themes of the NPS so that they can return to their schools in the fall and incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities. NPS aims to especially reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1, urban or rural schools and from tribal schools to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program.

About the Anza Trail's Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Project

The Anza Trail's Teacher-Ranger-Teacher will create educational activities for youth attending the Peralta Hacienda's Summer Camp, July 6 - August 14, 2015.

The Peralta Hacienda offers its summer program free for children aged 5 to 15. The camp is Monday thru Friday, 10AM to 2PM. It includes nature, gardening and science activities, visual arts and dance, storytelling and culture, and physical fun. High school students serve as paid interns, working five days a week on their own projects and with younger children.

The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher will work 28 hours per week for the duration of the camp (168 hours over six weeks). The theme of this year's summer camp is the interaction of people and cultures with the landscape, with campers learning to be 'citizen scientists.'

The TRT should be a specialist or enthusiast in science and outdoor education. Nearly 90% of time at camp is spent outdoors on the grounds of the park.

About the Anza Trail and the Peralta Hacienda

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is a program of the National Park Service and a component of the National Trails System (alongside the Lewis & Clark Trail, Oregon Trail, and more). This 1,200 mile trail connects Nogales, Arizona, and the San Francisco Bay Area. It commemorates the migration route of the first non-Native settlers to arrive overland to California - the Anza Expedition of 1775-76. The Anza Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation throughout Arizona and California. The trail shares the legacy of America's Spanish colonial era, its impact on Native Americans, the important role of migration and Spanish-speaking cultures to our country, and the impact that settlement has had on our landscape.

The Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, California, is an important site along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The Peralta Hacienda marks the first non-Native settlement in the East Bay, the homestead of Luis Maria Peralta, a member of the Anza Expedition.

Application and Important Dates

Please apply by Monday, May 25. Submit completed application electronically to

Download the application in MS Word or as a PDF.

May 27 - 29: Candidate interviews
June 1: Notification of selected candidate
June 6: Deadline to mail in enrollment forms for CU Denver course
July 6 - Aug. 15: Dates of Education Project at Peralta Hacienda
Aug. 15: Completed lesson plan due to CU Denver
after Sept. 1: $3000 stipend paid upon TRT completion

For questions, please contact Hale Sargent, Anza Trail:
415-623-2344 or hale_sargent[at]


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