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High School Environmental Leadership Coordinator Posted Mar 07
Walking Mountains Science Center , Avon, CO
The High School Environmental Leadership Coordinator will coordinate and teach an eight-week field-based high school Natural Resource Internship during the summer and spring semester Environmental Leadership course with a local public high school. Primary responsibilities include: 1) partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on field conservation projects that engage high school students in hands-on experience and field data collection integrated with teaching a Colorado Mountain College course as part of the summer internship; 2) partnering with local outdoor organizations to create hands-on experiences and career-focused opportunities for high school students in environmental leadership; 3) working in the field on conservation projects with Forest Service staff August-October; 4) teaching K-12 field science programs part-time during winter and spring seasons.

Organizational Overview

Founded in 1998 with their base in Avon, Colorado, 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 will join 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. For more information, please visit our website at

Responsibilities Include:

Program Coordination

Serve as the primary contact with the U.S. Forest Service to implement the summer Natural Resource Internship for high school students
Coordinate with the Forest Service project manager to ensure the goals of the summer internship align with the goals of the Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation
Partner with Forest Service to ensure accurate implementation of field data collection protocols
Recruit diverse teams of high school students for the Environmental Leadership Pathways Program and the Natural Resource Internships that are representative of school and community demographics
Serve as the primary contact with community partners to provide support and resources for the Environmental Leadership Pathways Program and coordinate opportunities for students to learn about environmental leadership
Develop and implement a spring semester Environmental Leadership course to be taught two-days per week at a local high school
Organize and maintain curriculum and lesson plan files and materials for high school programs, research, and community projects
Host student presentations for program partners and family members
Annually evaluate success and impacts of internships and related projects through the development of a system to track longitudinal data
Recruit, hire, and supervise a seasonal Environmental Stewardship Associate

Field and Classroom Instruction

Teach the summer Natural Resource Internship for high school students, including backcountry field days and overnights
Integrate the Colorado Mountain College course within the summer internship
Prepare students to provide an end of summer presentation to community partners and family members
Teach classroom and field sessions during spring semester Environmental Leadership course
Support students in implementing community service projects
Teach K-12 field science programs on a part-time basis during school year

Program Development

Develop structure and framework for Environmental Leadership Pathways Program
Establish relationships with outdoor partners in the community to identify opportunities for youth
Continue to develop and expand upon the summer Natural Resource Internship structure as U.S. Forest Service conservation and land stewardship priorities shift with time
Create and implement projects and curriculum that meet Walking Mountains’ program goals and objectives

Additional Responsibilities:

Work in the field on conservation projects with Forest Service staff during August-October
Assist with grant reporting to the National Forest Foundation and Great Outdoors Colorado
Maintain required certifications and incorporate Walking Mountains’ risk management procedures
Attend professional development workshops
Collaborate with other programs and projects to achieve mutual goals
Other duties, as assigned


Bachelor’s Degree in science, education, or an environmental science related field, graduate degree preferred
3-5 years of outdoor teaching experience, including high school students and developing field science curricula
Demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring high school students
Working knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology, land management, and stewardship issues
Excellent public speaking skills and willingness to teach a variety of audiences
Outdoor program administration and risk management experience
Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
Self-motivated, team oriented, creative, and organized
Current driver’s license and safe driving record for the past 5 years
Ability to carry a 40 lb. pack, hike up to 10 miles, and perform physical labor in the backcountry setting
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
Compensation and Benefits: Salary of $32,000; health, dental, and vision insurance; 15 days paid vacation; 12 federal holidays; matching 401K program; discounted ski pass; and professional development opportunities.

Contact: Lara Carlson, Community Programs Director,; (970) 827 9725 x129.


To Apply: Please upload current résumé, cover letter, Walking Mountains’ Employment Application form with three professional references to Walking Mountains’ website:

Application deadline in March 12, 2018. Ideal start date is April 30, 2018.

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