Job Opening – Natural Resource Summer Internship

Job Title: Natural Resource Intern
Department: Youth Programs
Location: 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon CO 81620
Reports To: Environmental Leadership Coordinator
FLSA Status: Exempt

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Last day to apply is May 20, 2021.
Internship Dates: June 16, 2021 – August 6, 2021 (The week after July 4th will be a vacation week)

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:

The Natural Resource Internship is an opportunity for high school students to spend six weeks outside exploring the mountain environment, learning about local ecosystems, and conducting hands-on field research. As a part of this team, you will learn about how United States Forest Service (USFS) professionals use science to solve problems and support land management decisions while working alongside USFS scientists and technicians in the field. Interns earn three special topics credits for environmental science through Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and on the job training. Educational topics include but are not limited to: wildlife and rangeland management, fire suppression, forestry, landscape ecology, habitat degradation, land ethics, environmental literacy, science communication, and outdoor leadership.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work 40 hours per week in a variety of ecosystems and environments
  • Collaborate as part of a diverse team with a diverse group of people
  • Participate in projects, discussions, and learning experiences with an open mind
  • Maintain an inclusive, and physically/emotionally safe work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment

Additional Duties and Academic Responsibilities:

  • Complete all CMC Course Requirements including but not limited to:
    • Keep a reflection journal
    • Complete reading assignments and participate in group discussions
    • Participate in a community presentation of data and summary of internship experience
  • Complete weekly written assignments (i.e. short essay or scientific drawing)
  • Collect accurate data using specific research protocols
  • Contribute to a variety of conservation and restoration projects


  • Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Capable of hiking up to 5 miles per day while carrying up to 30 pounds of personal and research equipment
  • Ability to follow verbal and written protocols and instructions
  • Desire to grow and refine interpersonal skills including leadership and communication
  • Maintain a positive and professional attitude

Work Environment

  • 80% outdoor field based projects and learning experiences (including travel), 20% Colorado Mountain College academic responsibility

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $125 per week stipend
  • Three college credits in Environmental Special Topics from Colorado Mountain College


Carrie Anderson
Environmental Leadership Coordinator
(970) 827 9725 x112

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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Job Application - Natural Resource Internship

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