Position Duration: May 24 – September 30*, 2023
*flexible end date, but full duration preferred

The Backcountry Interpretive Guide leads full-day and half-day backcountry treks in the mountain trails surrounding the Vail, Colorado area in the Sawatch and Gore Ranges of the Colorado Rockies. With a focus on nature interpretation, these hikes inspire and encourage conservation and stewardship of public lands. The Backcountry Interpretive Guide works primarily with adults.

Position Overview
This seasonal, full-time position works closely with the Community Science & Hiking Coordinator and Community Programs Director to continue to expand Walking Mountains’ backcountry hiking and interpretive programs. This position will play an important front-line educator/guide role and responsibilities will vary throughout the term and could include involvement in other aspects of the Community Programs department.

Responsibilities Include:
Formal and Informal Interpretation and Instruction
• Plan, prepare, and present a variety of creative high content level programs
o Extended hiking treks and educational outings
o Contract and special request programs
o Community science (aka citizen science) field trips and trainings
• Provide high-quality customer service and educational experiences in backcountry settings
• Actively research and expand knowledge of general Rocky Mountain ecology and specialized fields such as botany and ornithology
• Other program planning, teaching responsibilities, and special projects, as assigned

Program Administration
• Work in partnership with Community Science & Hiking Coordinator and Community Programs Director to create program marketing plans
• Use program registration software to monitor and communicate with program participants
• Collect photos and other marketing content and assist in the creation of program and destination-specific marketing materials
• Document and record participation numbers and use data on public lands

Compensation and Benefits:
• $450/weekly stipend
• Shared housing in Avon, CO

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


• BA/BS in science, interpretation, education, or an environmental science-related field (or equivalent experience)
• Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications or able to obtain prior to start date

Required Skills:

See full list at the application website.

About Walking Mountains Science Center

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 www.walkingmountains.org.

Application Instructions

Please apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/1524556 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, so apply early!