Summer Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12:00am


Avon, CO
United States

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Job Description:

This full time, 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 and sustainability though natural science education. The Summer Educator prepares, supports, and co-teaches our week-long day summer science camps, overnight camps, and Earth Explorers program.


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 at least one backcountry hut overnight experience. During this trip you will provide overnight supervision to campers.
  • Lead field experiences throughout the summer for campers entering 1st-12th in all weather conditions. The majority of these programs are for campers entering 1st-6th.
  • 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.
  • Communicate with parents of campers before and during the camper’s experience in a professional manner.

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 procedure
  • Perform all other duties as assigned


  • 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 Wilderness 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.

Compensation: Housing provided at River Edge Apartment Complex, $225 weekly stipend, and 2 weeks of extensive training.

Duration of Position: May 30-August 18, 2017. You will work Monday-Friday during this period.

Application Deadline: March 17, 2017. 

Contact: Rachel Zacher, Summer Programs Coordinator, at, 970.827.9725 x114, or PO Box 9469 Avon, CO 81620

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please upload a current resume, cover letter, Walking Mountain Application Form, and contact information for 3 professional references: