Date Posted: January 24, 2018
Location: Avon, CO
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Reports To: Summer Camp Coordinator, Youth Programs Director
Contact: Rachel Zacher, Summer Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 970.827.9725 x114, or PO Box 9469 Avon, CO 81620
Duration of Position: June 4-August 24, 2018. Accepted candidates will work Monday-Friday during this period.
To Apply: Please upload a 1) current resume, 2) cover letter, and 3) Walking Mountain Application Form, including contact information for 3 professional references using the form at the bottom of this page.
Founded in 1998, Walking Mountains Science Center is a nonprofit, place-based, educational organization reaching over 127,000 youth and adults annually. Our mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. A key organizational objective is to ensure our mission is fulfilled by having the right people in the right positions, performing at optimal levels in all departments. This includes effective leadership, ongoing development of staff culture, empowering individuals and teams towards leadership, and ongoing performance and accountability measures.
Summer Educator Position Overview:
This full time, 3-month position at Walking Mountains Science Center, 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.
- 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 backcountry hut overnight experience. During this trip, you will provide overnight supervision to campers.
- Lead field experiences throughout the summer for campers entering 1st-8th in all weather conditions. The majority of these programs are for campers entering 1st-6th.
- 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 procedure.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
- 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.
Compensation: Housing provided at River Edge Apartment Complex, $250 weekly stipend, and 2 weeks of extensive training.