Job Title: Summer Educator
Department: Youth Programs
Location: 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon CO 81620
Reports To: Youth Programs Director
Date Posted: 12/11/2018
Duration of Position: June 3-August 23, 2019: Monday-Friday schedule
Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with review deadlines February 25, March 11 and 18, 2019.
To Apply: Please upload a current resume, cover letter, Walking Mountains Application (download here) and contact information for 3 professional references using the form at the bottom of this page.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Founded in 1998, Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. As part of a dynamic organization, you are part of a team of like-minded, spirited colleagues who are passionate about the mission of Walking Mountains and the impact it’s making in the community. For more information, please visit our website at www.walkingmountains.org.
The Summer Educator position is a full time, 3-month position at Walking Mountains Science Center, which is responsible for serving the organization with a personal commitment to awakening a sense of wonder and inspiring environmental stewardship through natural science education. Summer Educators coordinate, support, and teach our week-long day camps, overnight camps, and Earth Explorers program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Organize and maintain curriculum and materials.
- Participate in ongoing program evaluation and revision.
- Work as a team with other instructors and Walking Mountains staff.
- Plan and prepare environmental education lessons based on pre-set curriculum.
- Co-teach one or more backcountry hut overnight experiences. During this trip, you will provide overnight supervision to campers.
- Lead field experiences throughout the summer for campers entering 1st-8th grade in all weather conditions. The majority of these programs are for campers entering 1st-6th grade.
- Attend occasional evening /weekend programs and events.
- Rotate ‘Lead Instructor’ responsibilities and assist Summer Programs Coordinator with program logistics and coordination.
- Participate and provide feedback on summer programs and logistics in weekly debrief sessions.
- Take program photos and collect camper work to be used for website updates and development efforts.
- Participate in regular program team meetings.
Operations & Risk Management:
- Assist with upkeep and maintenance of vehicles and program resources including first aid supplies, teaching supplies/equipment, field gear, specimens, and library books.
- Maintain a clean shared workspace and fulfill facility cleaning and upkeep responsibilities.
- Safely transport students in 15-passenger vans.
- Maintain required medical certifications.
- Evaluate environmental conditions and make safety decisions that incorporate Walking Mountains’ emergency protocol and current wilderness emergency medical procedures.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, activities and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Valid driver’s license.
- BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field.
- Current First Aid and CPR certifications; Wilderness First Responder or First Aid preferred.
- Experience with formal or informal education of children in a school or camp setting.
- Enthusiasm for educating children about the natural environment while expanding personal knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology.
- 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.
- Ability to hike up to 3 miles, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and lift up to 50 pounds.
This position works primarily at the Walking Mountains Avon Campus building in both an outdoor and indoor environment. Outdoor work occurs in all-weather conditions. Travel will be required for programs off-site and occasional overnight programs. Occasional evening and weekend work required.
Compensation and Benefits:
$300 weekly stipend and 2 weeks of extensive training. Shared housing provided at River Edge Apartment Complex.
Chris Cohen, Youth Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 970.827.9725 x117, or PO Box 9461 Avon, CO 81620