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.

Natural Resource Internship for High School Students

For the eighth summer in a row, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation and the United States Forest Service, Walking Mountains Science Center will be offering its Natural Resource Internship for high school students. Twelve interns will earn college credit and be paid a weekly stipend to conduct conservation field work for the USFS. Interns will gain experience collecting data, restoring trails and habitat, removing invasive species, and inventorying trout populations.

Summer Educators

This 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.

Application opens each year in early December for the following summer.

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.

Application open each year in early December for the following summer.

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

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