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SSP’s Staff-in-Training (SIT) program provides potential staff members with a preview of the life of an SSP summer staff member. Each SIT spends one week on an SSP project site rotating through the various staff positions. Individuals who participate in our SIT program do so voluntarily without pay and are responsible for getting themselves to and from their assigned site.

Anyone with a serious interest in being on staff at SSP should consider signing up for an SIT position. The SIT week provides a transition from the experience of SSP as a youth to the very different responsibilities of an SSP staff member. You can think of the SIT experience as a long job interview, and you should take your responsibilities during this week very seriously.


SITs volunteer their time for their week of service; they are not paid nor do they pay to participate. All the SIT needs to do is find transportation to and from the site location.

Travel fund: If you need financial assistance to support the cost of travel to and from the SIT week, contact us about a travel stipend.


To apply, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate (or GED) by the week you will serve as an SIT.
  • Be in alignment with SSP’s Covid-19 safety policies.
  • CA residents: Complete a Livescan screening prior to serving as an SIT (this includes fingerprinting). This only needs to be done once, and once results are verified, it applies to all future adult volunteer work you do with SSP.
  • Not a CA resident? Contact us about background screening requirements if you are not a California resident.

If you have a question about whether you are eligible, please call us at 916-488-6441.If an SIT wishes to serve prior in the summer to going as a youth volunteer, they will have to serve at a site other than the one they will attend as a volunteer. SITs typically do not serve the week after they have participated as a youth volunteer at the same site.

Application Process

Applications are open. Once we have received an application and reference form for a candidate, we will schedule an interview over the phone or via Zoom.

If you have any questions about the SIT program, please call or email us at info@sierraserviceproject.org.