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Seasonal Naturalist Internships

Join Walking Mountains Science Center for an unforgettable experience working with people of all ages in the outdoors. Grow as an environmental educator and interpreter and create an incredible network of contacts for your future career. 

We are no longer accepting applications for the  Summer 2014 Naturalist and Multi-Season Naturalist Internship positions. We will begin accepting applications for Winter  2014/2015 Naturalist Internships  in August 2014. 

 

 Summer Naturalist Internships

Join Walking Mountains Science Center for an unforgettable opportunity to teach about Colorado's Rocky Mountain ecosystem and work with people of all ages. Grow as an environmental educator and interpreter while creating and incredible netweork of contacts for your future.

Responsibilities:

 Summer Naturalist Interns present nature walks, interpretive talks, environmental education programs, evening programs, and provide outreach in sustainability education. Naturalists also staff and maintain visitor centers at Walking Mountains Science Center and our partner locations (US Forest Service – White River National Forest, Vail Nature Center; and Vail Resorts’ Nature Discovery Center). Training and ongoing professional development are also components of this internship position.

Naturalists will rotate through a schedule working at various nature/visitor centers, developing programs and lessons, guiding hikes for multi-aged groups, presenting interpretive evening programs, providing outreach in sustainability education, teaching environmental education lessons for children aged pre-K through elementary, and assisting in on-going Science Center projects.

Qualifications:

• Enthusiasm for educating others about the  natural environment and expanding personal knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology;
• Experience with formal or informal education of children and/or adults;
• Excellent oral communication skills;
• Ability to obtain current First Aid and CPR certifications before summer begins;
• Interest in working flexible hours (including evenings and weekends);
• Ability to hike and work outdoors in all weather conditions;
• At least three years of education in a BA/BS degree in natural science, education, or an environmentally-related field;
• Positive, self-motivated, organized and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team. Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people.
• Desired qualifications: Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science field (botany, ornithology, etc.), experience fly fishing, or the creative arts.

Location:

Vail/Eagle County, Colorado.

Duration of Positions:

Several positions available, May 27, 2014 to September 2, 2014

Compensation:

Housing pluse $175 per week stipend.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume,  contact information for three references, and Walking Mountains Application Form to Lara Carlson, Community Programs Director, email address:   larac@walkingmountains.orgDeadline is March 10, 2014.

 

 Multi-Season Naturalist Internships

Present nature walks, interpretive talks, environmental education programs, evening programs, and provide outreach in sustainability education. Naturalists also staff and maintain visitor centers at Walking Mountains Science Center and our partner locations (US Forest Service – White River National Forest, Vail Nature Center; and Vail Resorts’ Nature Discovery Center). Training and ongoing professional development are also components of this internship position.

Responsibilities:

 Present nature walks, interpretive talks, environmental education programs, evening programs, and provide outreach in sustainability education. Naturalists also staff and maintain visitor centers at Walking Mountains Science Center and our partner locations (US Forest Service – White River National Forest, Vail Nature Center; and Vail Resorts’ Nature Discovery Center). Training and ongoing professional development are also components of this internship position.

Summer
Naturalists will rotate through a schedule working at various nature/visitor centers, developing programs and lessons, guiding hikes for multi-aged groups, presenting interpretive evening programs, providing outreach in sustainability education, teaching environmental education lessons for children aged pre-K through elementary, and assisting in on-going Science Center projects.

Fall
Naturalists will primarily staff the visitor center desk in the Walking Mountains Science Center exhibit hall, guide hikes for multi-aged groups, contribute to the expansion and development of family programs, and assisting in on-going Science Center projects.

Winter
Naturalists will rotate through a schedule of staffing visitors centers at Walking Mountains Science Center and Nature Discovery Center, developing programs and lessons, guiding snowshoe tours for multi-aged groups, and teaching winter ecology and snow science lessons to youth in Vail’s Ski School program. Additional opportunities include teaching lessons for afterschool youth programs, Ski with a Ranger and Ski with Smokey programs, nature-focused family programs, and assisting in on-going Science Center projects. 

Qualifications:

• Enthusiasm for educating others about the  natural environment and expanding personal knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology;
• Experience with formal or informal education of children and/or adults;
• Excellent oral communication skills;
• Ability to obtain current First Aid and CPR certifications before summer begins;
• Interest in working flexible hours (including evenings and weekends);
• Ability to hike and work outdoors in all weather conditions;
• BA/BS degree in natural science, education, or an environmentally-related field;
• Positive, self-motivated, organized and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team. Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people.
• Desired qualifications: Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science field (botany, ornithology, etc.), experience fly fishing, or the creative arts.

Location:

Vail/Eagle County, Colorado.

Duration of Positions:

Several positions available, May 27, 2014  through April 15, 2015, including two weeks of paid vacation October 26-November 10, 2014. 

Compensation:

Housing plus $175 per week stipend and a winter ski pass to Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume,  contact information for three references, and Walking Mountains Application Form to Lara Carlson, Community Programs Director, email address:   larac@walkingmountains.org. Deadline is March 10, 2014.

 For more information about Walking Mountains Science Center please visit our website at www.walkingmountains.org.  

      p.o. box 9469
318 walking mountains lane
        avon, co 81620

  970.827.9725 p 970.827.9730 f

 

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Walking Mountains operates under special use permit from the White River National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.  All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Walking Mountains Science Center™ is a 501(3c) nonprofit that provides place-based education in natural and environmental science through science programs for Eagle County schools, summer science day camps and overnight camps, adult and family excursions that take place across Vail, Colorado and Eagle County, Colorado. Graduate fellows can apply to be environmental educators and intern naturalists. Our educational programs enhance scientific literacy, build environmental awareness, and inspire stewardship in children, adults, residents and visitors to the Vail area and Rocky Mountains. The science center recently achieved LEED Platinum Certification for the Buck Creek Campus from the U.S. Green Building Council.