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Youth Programs Instructor Posted Jan 10
Walking Mountains Science Center , Avon, CO

Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $21,500/year plus shared housing
Deadline: Jan 31, 2020

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development:

Organize and maintain pre-existing curriculum and lesson plan files and materials
Participate in ongoing program evaluation, review, and revision
Maintain teaching materials for school and summer programs
Assist Program Coordinators and Youth Programs Director in creating and implementing school program curriculum as needed that meets the Walking Mountains’ program goals and objectives, Colorado Academic Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards

Field and Classroom Instruction:

Work as a team member with other educators and staff in the office, co-teach during the summer, and lead your own group of 8-12 students during the school year
Prepare and teach mostly pre-existing natural science and environmental education lessons, field science programs, and summer science camps.
Lead field experiences throughout the year for all age groups, K-12, in all weather conditions
Conduct pre-classroom visits prior to students participating in a field science program for all age groups
Co-teach 9 weeks of summer science day camps in the field primarily for students in grades 1-6 with a few middle and high school programs in all weather conditions
Co-lead and teach at least one residential summer camp program based out of a backcountry hut for students in 3rd-8th grades
Provide occasional overnight supervision of students during summer camp and for school programs in the winter and spring
Prepare for and teach an after-school program once a week throughout the school year
Attend or conduct occasional evening and weekend programs and special events

Program Coordination:

Rotate ‘Lead Instructor’ responsibilities and assist School Programs Coordinator with program logistics and coordination
Participate in regular program team meetings and all-staff meetings
Maintain database of student participation, assessment data, and evaluation
Take program photos and collect student work to be used for website updates and development efforts


Assist in training incoming Summer Educators during summer months
Maintain professional appearance and behavior

Special Events:

Participate in organization-wide fundraising events outside of normal work hours (i.e. A Taste of Nature, Fright at the Museum, etc.)
Participate in community events outside of normal work hours (i.e. 4th of July Parade, Wild West Days)

Operations & Risk Management:

Evaluate environmental conditions and make safety decisions that incorporate Walking Mountains’ emergency protocol and current wilderness emergency medical procedures
Maintain a clean workspace and fulfill facility cleaning responsibilities
Assist with upkeep and maintenance of WMSC vehicles and program resources, including first aid supplies, teaching supplies and equipment, field gear, specimens, and library books
Safely transport students in 15-passenger vehicles during summer months
Maintain required medical certifications (WFR, CPR)

Science Center Responsibilities:

Participate in organizational and departmental staff meetings, retreats, and cross departmental committees
Assist in staffing front desk of Mountain Discovery Center as needed
Adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures
Assist with and participate in all special events (including set up and break down)
All other duties as assigned (may include assisting in maintenance needs such as shoveling snow from walkways, etc)

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.


BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field
Excellent public speaking skills and willingness to teach a variety of audiences
2-3 years of outdoor and/or classroom teaching experience; knowledge of standards-based curriculum preferred
General knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Rocky Mountains
Strong organizational skills
Experience with curriculum design and development
Positive, flexible and friendly
Independently-driven team player
Valid driver’s license and ability to drive 15-passanger vans
Ability to up to hike 4 miles on steep, uneven terrain carrying a pack up to 30 pounds
Knowledge and experience in using computers and software including Microsoft Office
Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
Ability to work a fulltime schedule with some evening or weekend responsibilities
Ability to speak Spanish (preferred, but not required)

Work Environment:

This position includes both office and field work, with the primary duties requiring the Educators to be outdoors teaching a group of 10-12 students regardless of the weather.

Please upload a current resume, cover letter, an example lesson plan you have written, Walking Mountain Application Form, and contact information for 3 professional references through our website.

Additional Information:

Compensation and Benefits:
Starting salary for this position is $21,500/year, plus housing.

Benefits include:

Shared housing at River Edge Apartment Complex June 2020-August 2020, shared housing in Walking Mountains Staff Housing September 2020-May 2021.
Company provided life and short-term disability insurance
Company supplemented health and dental insurance
5 weeks paid vacation correlated with school district calendar which may be inclusive of federal holidays
12 federal holidays, 12 sick days, 2 paid volunteer days
401(k) plan with variable WMSC matching contributions
Discounted Vail/Beaver Creek ski pass
Professional development opportunities

Contact: Chris Cohen, Youth Programs Director, at sends e-mail), 970.827.9725 x117, or PO Box 9461 Avon, CO 81620
Duration of Position: June 1, 2020-May 28, 2021
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

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