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We are now accepting applications for the 2014-15 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, copies of undergraduate transcripts and a sample lesson plan to: Beth Garrison,  Youth Programs Director via email, or fax (970-827-9730) or mail to PO Box 9469, Avon CO 81620.


Application Deadline: February 3, 2014


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.

Position Details


Avon, Colorado


June 2, 2014 to August 21, 2015

Qualifications & Expectations

Successful applicants will possess:

  • BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field
  • outdoor and classroom teaching experience, minimum 2yrs 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
Educator Benefits
  • $225 weekly stipend and housing for June through August 2014
  • $20,000 stipend (no housing) for September 2014-August 2015
  • 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

      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.