Internship and Fellowship Information

We hire interns seasonally for a variety of programs at our three locations: The Avon Tang Campus, Vail Nature Center and Nature Discovery Center. See below for more information about the Graduate Fellowship program, summer and winter internship opportunities, naturalist programs, sustainability internship programs and more.

Do you have questions about Walking Mountains’ internships and fellowships? Email us.

To review any current internship or fellowship opportunities for employment, please visit our employment page


Foley Graduate Fellowship in Natural Science Education

This multi-faceted graduate fellowship at Walking Mountains Science Center is a full-time, 2 year and 3 month professional development program that focuses on K-12 field science education, leadership, and helping to grow a reputable nonprofit organization. This position is responsible for serving the organization with a personal commitment to awakening a sense of wonder and inspiring environmental stewardship and sustainability though natural science education.

Naturalist Internships

Naturalist Interns staff nature centers, and lead environmental education and interpretive programs throughout the Eagle River Valley. This is a full-time, seasonal professional growth position where Naturalists develop skills and knowledge in Rocky Mountain ecology, environmental education, interpretation, public speaking, and community conservation efforts throughout their tenure. Naturalist Interns will receive NAI’s Certified Interpretive Guide training and other professional development opportunities as part of this position.

Sustainability Internships

Sustainability Interns gain new skills in environmental sustainability while providing education and outreach in the local community. Interns will gain hands-on outreach skills in fostering sustainable behaviors while also gaining valuable experience learning how mountain communities, governments, and businesses are taking action and monitoring their environmental impacts. The experiential learning focuses heavily on “Zero Waste” recycling and waste diversion; in addition, there are potential opportunities within the Sustainability Department in the following programs:

Actively Green Sustainable Business Certification
>Mountain IDEAL Sustainable Destination Certification
>Energy Efficiency and Assistance
>Climate Action Collaborative
>Sustainable Film Series

Conservation Internship Program

A full-time, seasonal professional growth position offered in partnership with the White River National Forest. Interns, aged 18-25, can complete either a 3 or 5 month internship working alongside biologists and career professionals to develop skills in field biology, natural resource conservation, trails and land management, and interpretation/education.

Job Description and application submission open each year in January for the following summer.