We are currently accepting application materials for the 2015-16 Graduate Fellowship!
The multi-faceted Fellowship in Natural Science Education is a full-time, 15-month professional development program focusing on field and classroom science instruction for K-12 students. In conjunction with their teaching responsibilities, Educators participate in graduate level environmental education courses accredited through Colorado State University. View the detailed job description.
To apply please submit a resume, cover letter, Walking Mountains application, and copies of undergraduate transcripts via the form submission below.During the first summer, Educators are mentored by both the Youth Programs Director, Youth Programs Coordinator and an outgoing class of seasoned Educators. Educators collaborate to prepare and co-teach weeklong natural science camps for youth. Most summer programs are day camps, but some are residential. Beginning in the fall Educators teach programs for local Eagle Valley school groups. They are responsible for planning, preparing, and teaching K-12 students a variety of classroom and field science topics such as sustainable energy, geology, weather, ecosystems, habitats, snow science, and biodiversity research. Field programs run most weeks throughout the school year, range in duration from one to three days, and are sometimes residential. The majority of school programs are one day in length. During the second summer, Educators mentor the incoming class of Educators and thereby round out their professional experience by providing critical leadership and program coordination. Professional development for this position is tied to graduate credit through Colorado State University’s Department of Human Dimensions in Natural Resources. Over the course of their 15-month position, Educators participate in a series of five graduate courses that complement and support their ongoing teaching responsibilities and professional growth as an environmental educator. Courses convene in a weekly seminar style format. Course readings and assignments are required, most of which will take place outside of the Educator’s regularly scheduled work week.
Courses are taught by the Walking Mountains’ Graduate Programs Director, with support from the Youth Programs Director. Completion of the five courses enables the Educator to earn 15 credits toward a customized M.S. in Human Dimensions in Natural Resource at Colorado State University, or credits will be accepted and applied towards a Master’s Degree at Prescott College. In order to complete their M.S. degree, Educators must be accepted into CSU ’s graduate school or Prescott College, and complete the remainder of their coursework there following the Walking Mountains fellowship. The cost of the initial 15 credits is paid for by Walking Mountains as a component of an Educator’s compensation and benefits package.
June 1, 2015 to August 19, 2016
Qualifications & Expectations
Successful applicants will possess:
- BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field
- outdoor and classroom teaching experience, minimum 2 years experience
- self-motivated, team-oriented, creative and organized
- current driver’s license and safe driving record for 5 years
- current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications prior to training
- 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies
- ability to communicate in Spanish is helpful
- $225 weekly stipend and housing for June through August 2015
- $20,000 stipend (no housing) for September 2015-August 2016
- Coursework for 15 graduate credits at CSU
- 4 weeks paid vacation (coincides with school calendar), 12 paid holidays, health and dental benefits, Vail and Beaver Creek ski pass, matching Simple IRA program, Avalanche Safety Training
To apply please submit a resume, cover letter, Walking Mountains application, 3 professional references, and a copy of your undergraduate transcripts via the form submission below. If you have additional questions, please email Beth Markham, Youth Programs Director at firstname.lastname@example.org