Job Title: Summer Educator
Department: Youth Programs
Location: 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon CO 81620
Reports To: Youth Programs Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation: $300 weekly stipend, shared housing provided at River Edge Apartment Complex, and 2 weeks of extensive training.
Contact: Chris Cohen, Youth Programs Director, at, 970.827.9725 x117, or PO Box 9461 Avon, CO 81620
Duration of Position: June 1-August 19, 2020. You will work Monday-Friday during this period.
Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with review deadlines March 1, March 15, March 30.

To Apply: Please upload a current resume, cover letter, Walking Mountain Application Form, and contact information for 3 professional references with the form at the bottom of this 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.

Position Overview:

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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development:

  • Organize and maintain curriculum and materials.
  • Participate in ongoing program evaluation and revision.


Field Instruction:

  • Work as a team with other instructors and Walking Mountains staff.
  • Plan and prepare environmental education lessons based on pre-set curriculum.
  • Co-teach one or more backcountry hut overnight experiences. During this trip, you will provide overnight supervision to campers.
  • Lead field experiences throughout the summer for campers entering 1st-8th grade in all weather conditions. The majority of these programs are for campers entering 1st-6th grade.
  • Attend occasional evening /weekend programs and events.


Program Coordination:

  • Rotate ‘Lead Instructor’ responsibilities and assist Summer Programs Coordinator with program logistics and coordination.
  • Participate and provide feedback on summer programs and logistics in weekly debrief sessions.
  • Take program photos and collect camper work to be used for website updates and development efforts.
  • Participate in regular program team meetings.


Operations & Risk Management:

  • Assist with upkeep and maintenance of vehicles and program resources including first aid supplies, teaching supplies/equipment, field gear, specimens, and library books.
  • Maintain a clean shared workspace and fulfill facility cleaning and upkeep responsibilities.
  • Safely transport students in 15-passenger vans.
  • Maintain required medical certifications.
  • Evaluate environmental conditions and make safety decisions that incorporate Walking Mountains’ emergency protocol and current wilderness emergency medical procedures
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, activities and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.



  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications; Wilderness First Responder or First Aid preferred.
  • Experience with formal or informal education of children in a school or camp setting.
  • Enthusiasm for educating children about the natural environment while expanding personal knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology.
  • Positive, self-motivated, organized, and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team. Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people.
  • Ability to hike up to 3 miles, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and lift up to 50 pounds.


Work Environment

  • This position includes both office and field work, with the primary duties requiring the Educators to be outdoors teaching a group of 13 students regardless of the weather.


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