Job Opening – Summer Educator

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


Position Duration: June 1-August 18, 2021. Work will be Monday-Friday during this period.
Position Posted: Feb 1, 2021
Application Deadline: February 22, 2021 and March 12, 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 upload a current resume, cover letter, contact information for 3 professional references and complete the application form below.


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 summer seasonal 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.

Qualifications

∙ Must be 21 years of age or older.
∙ Valid driver’s license.
∙ At least 3 years working towards 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.

Compensation and Benefits

• $300 weekly stipend
• Housing in Avon, CO for the duration of the 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.