Youth Job Board

Summer Educator Posted Jan 10
Walking Mountains Science Center , Avon, CO
Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $300/week plus housing
Deadline: Feb 23, 2020

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.

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 January 26, February 9, and February 23, 2020.

To Apply: Please upload a current resume, cover letter, Walking Mountain Application Form, and contact information for 3 professional references on our website.

Click here to apply - Please mention that you saw the job on Grand Canyon Trust