Job Opening – Environmental Stewardship Associate

Job Title: Environmental Stewardship Associate
Department: Youth Programs Outreach
Location: 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620
Reports To: Environmental Leadership Coordinator

Position Duration: June 1 – October 14, 2021
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 and March 15, 2021.
Applications will be reviewed after each deadline and interviews will be held on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
To Apply: Please complete the form at the bottom of the page

Organizational Overview:

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.

Statement on Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Relevance:

Walking Mountains Science Center believes that equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance are foundational values of a just world and sustainable future. We cultivate an equitable culture for staff and community members that embraces differences and offers respect in both words and actions for all people. We promote an inclusive culture where any individual or group feels welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate and share their lived experiences. Walking Mountains acknowledges that historically underrepresented populations exist and are disproportionately affected by social and environmental problems. We commit to taking intentional steps to establish accessible, relevant opportunities for all groups.

Position Overview:

This is a seasonal, exempt position, responsible for assisting in the implementation of the Natural Resource Internship, a summer opportunity for high schoolers at Walking Mountains Science Center (Internship dates: mid-June – early-August). The focus of this internship is to contribute to monitoring and restoration projects funded by the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and conducted by the United States Forest Service (USFS). This position is also responsible for completion of physically demanding field work with the USFS (August – October).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development and Coordination:

  • Work on a small team to plan, coordinate, and implement a 6-week high school internship program that focuses on land management practices, ecosystem restoration, and stewardship ethics
  • Collaborate with the USFS to ensure work plans are in place and project goals are met
  • Assist in the adaptation and facilitation of a college-level curriculum that meets Walking Mountains Science Center (WMSC) and Colorado Mountain College (CMC) objectives and standards
  • Provide hands-on opportunities for interns to build their knowledge about local flora and fauna during the work day
  • Train, supervise, and mentor interns in research protocols for USFS monitoring projects
  • Assist in leading a backcountry hut trip for up to three consecutive days
  • Attend or conduct occasional evening and weekend programs and events
  • Participate in partner meetings and all-staff meetings, when applicable

Operations & Risk Management:

  • Assist with upkeep and maintenance of facility, vehicles, and program resources including first aid supplies, teaching supplies and equipment, field gear, specimens, and library books
  • Safely transport students and staff in company vehicles
  • Maintain required medical certifications
  • Evaluate environmental conditions and manage risk accordingly (follow Walking Mountains’ emergency protocol and current wilderness emergency medical procedure, if needed)

USFS Field Work

  • Work as part of a team with USFS fisheries and wildlife biologist and field technicians to accomplish project goals, and the maintenance and upkeep of field equipment and resources
  • Learn and follow USFS safety, monitoring, and cleaning protocols
  • Maintain the highest quality data collection integrity and database stewardship
  • Hike and travel to remote field sites over varied terrain in a variety of weather conditions


Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities and duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Education, or an Environmental Science related field or equivalent experience
  • Willingness to develop a working knowledge of Rocky Mountain Ecology and land management issues
  • Experience teaching in a formal or informal setting
  • Self-motivated, team oriented, creative and organized
  • Well-developed interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Current driver’s license and safe driving record for the past 5 years
  • Certified Wilderness Advanced First Aid or higher certification (Must obtain before start date)
  • Must be able to hike up to 8-10 miles per day with a 30 lb. pack

Work Environment

  • 80% Field based projects (including travel to and from work sites), 20% office work and program preparation
  • Open office work environment and shared work computer
  • Personal vehicle or public transportation preferred to travel to office, work vehicle available for program transportation


  • $350 weekly stipend
  • Shared housing in Avon, CO for the duration of the position

Please contact Carrie Anderson, Environmental Leadership Coordinator at Walking Mountains Science Center, with questions about the position or application process.

Carrie Anderson
(w) 970-827-9725 x 112
(c) 208-301-1743

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), genetic information, sexual orientation (including perceived sexual orientation), transgender status, gender identity, physical, mental or learning disability, mental illness, military or veteran status, marital or civil union partnership with
a coworker or any other status which may be protected by Federal, State or local law.

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