Job Opening – Foley Graduate Fellowship in Natural Science Education 2021-2023

Application Deadline for the Graduate Fellowship: December 13, 2020

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.



Qualifications & Expectations:

  • BA/BS (coursework in science, education, or an environmental science-related field is a plus)
  • 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work (required by UNC, special circumstances may be considered)
  • A minimum of 1 year of outdoor, environmental and/or classroom teaching experience
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications (Can be secured upon acceptance and prior to start date; need-based financial support possible, if certification costs is a barrier to participation)
  • Positive, self-motivated, organized, flexible, and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team.
  • Spanish Language Skills (desired, but not required)
  • Working knowledge of conservation issues, ecology, and natural history of the Rocky Mountains (a plus, but covered in trainings)


  • $14,500 annual stipend, plus housing and tuition* May 26, 2021 – August 11, 2023 (end date tentatively flexible based on graduation and programming needs)
    *Tuition includes the cost of all 30 graduate credits required for a Master of
  • Arts Degree in Science Education (upon completion with a grade of B or higher in each course) and access to all course books and resources. Some courses are taken online through UNC’s Extended Campus and others are taken in person at Walking Mountains.
  • Five weeks paid vacation per year to correlate with school district calendar (Includes paid holidays that occur during these weeks such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break etc.)
  • 12 paid holidays per year (some of these occur within the above 5 weeks)
  • 12 sick days per year
  • Eligibility for company supplemented health insurance, including dental, as well as group vision insurance on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment
  • Flexible Spending and Healthcare Savings Account options
  • Company provided life and short-term disability insurance
  • Ski pass (Vail and Beaver Creek resorts)
  • Professional Development Opportunities (Examples Include: Graduate Coursework, Snow Science/Avalanche Training, Certified Interpretive Guide Training)


Important Application Notes:

  • Those who have had historical and systemic barriers to the field of outdoor education and consequently the workforce are encouraged to apply.
  • Once accepted by Walking Mountains Science Center and in order to finalize the application process, chosen applicants will need to submit a formal application to UNC as well.
  • You will need to send official transcripts to UNC.
  • If you want to apply for financial aid to help offset living costs, be sure to apply for your FAFSA by June 20, 2021.

Application Requirements:

Applications will only be accepted through our website. Please visit:

You will be required to upload in the Walking Mountains’ online application form (below):
1. Current resume
2. Cover letter – please include the following:

  • identify your graduate education goals
  • identify how this program will support your future career goals
  • identify scientific knowledge and teaching skills you are looking to strengthen
  • identify topics of interest for an action research project

3. Three professional recommendation letters with contact information
4. Copy of undergraduate transcripts from all universities attended (these can be unofficial during application period, official transcripts required of accepted applicants)
5. Academic writing sample (3-5 pages in length)

Contact person: Chris Cohen, Youth Programs Director
Phone: (970) 827-9725 x 117

Be advised that our Organization is complying with the guidance provided by our local public health officials for operating safely with COVID-19 in our community. Our organization’s plans and policies directly align with Eagle County Public Health orders. Under current circumstances and guidance, we plan to be open and operational. However, we are regularly monitoring the situation in our community and will review and/or update our plans as required by any Public Health order changes. We will continue to keep our staff informed and will notify you as early as possible if any changes occur that affect the terms related to this position.

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.

Please complete the application in its entirety and be as accurate as possible.
Application Deadline: December 13, 2020