Overview

Position Overview
This permanent, full-time position is responsible for the backcountry hike and snowshoe programs of the organization as well as for public community science programming. This person plays an important role in outreach to adult audiences and creating program revenue for the department. The Community Science Coordinator works closely with other members of the Community Programs department and often collaborates with other program and development staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Instruction
• Primary guide and planner of the organization’s backcountry hiking program
o Plan and prepare daytime hiking and snowshoe trips in accordance with risk management procedures
o Create engaging interpretive opportunities for both visitors and residents
o Coordinate logistics and communicate details with program participants
• Plan, prepare, and present a variety of creative high-level educational programs
o Workshops, presentations, and seminars
o Custom programs
• Develop and manage a robust menu of community science opportunities for a diverse audience
o Provide community science trainings for volunteers
o Guide trips or lead events to gather community science data, e.g. Christmas Bird Count, Front Range Pika Project
o Ongoing data collection and creation of education resources, e.g. field guides, website content
o Partner with academic and scientific institutions
• Collaborate with Community Programs Director and other Coordinators to create educational programming for special events and fundraisers such as the monthly Edventure series
• Present or write nature education segments for media outlets as needed
• Contribute to overall curriculum database development and quality control

Program Administration
• Coordinate program logistics and registration systems
o Schedule, contract, and promote programs
• Maintain consistent communication with program participants and volunteers
• Assist in planning the budget, and maintain and track a variety of Community Programs budgets
• Develop relationships with concierge, businesses, and other partners to expand the scope of audiences served
• Assist with establishing unique and targeted program opportunities within the Community Programs department.
• Implement and manage program evaluation systems.

Personnel Management
• Collaborate in the hiring process of Backcountry Interpretive Guides on a seasonal basis
• Supervise the Backcountry Interpretive Guide each summer, providing support through training, observations, professional development, staff meetings, and evaluations
• Serve as a mentor and role model to Naturalist Interns in the development and design of educationally relevant and mission-driven interpretive and environmental education lessons

For a complete description and to apply, visit: https://www.walkingmountains.org/job-opening-community-science-hiking-coordinator/

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

• BA/BS in science, interpretation, education, or an environmental science-related field or equivalent experience
• Excellent public speaking skills and willingness to present to a variety of audiences
• Enthusiasm for the natural world and outdoor recreation
• General knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of the Rocky Mountains highly desired
• At least 2 years of field experience in environmental education, interpretation, or outdoor leadership

Required Skills:

• At least 2 years of field experience in environmental education, interpretation, or outdoor leadership
• Ability to hike 10-15 miles on steep, uneven terrain carrying a pack up to 50 pounds several days a week
• Walking Mountains Science Center hires positive, energetic, friendly people
• Valid driver's license and ability to drive 15-passenger vans
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
• Successful candidates must provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19

Preferred Skills:

• Current Wilderness First Responder, CPR certifications
• Current Certified Interpretive Guide certifications or knowledge of the tools and techniques of interpretation
• Experience leading or participating in community science projects and working with volunteers
• Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science topic or field
• Ability to work a variable schedule with weekend and/or evening responsibilities
• Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language

About Walking Mountains Science Center

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 an employee of our organization, you are a member of an inclusive and dynamic team that values community, professionalism, collaboration, diversity, equity, a positive work environment and a passion for the mission of Walking Mountains and the impact it’s making in the community. For more information, please visit: https://www.walkingmountains.org/join-our-team/why-walking-mountains/

Application Instructions

Please visit the Walking Mountains website posting to apply: https://www.walkingmountains.org/job-opening-community-science-hiking-coordinator/