Internship Durations: May 26-September 3, 2021 and May 26-October 25, 2021
Naturalist Interns staff nature centers and lead environmental education and interpretive programs in the Vail, Colorado area. This is a full-time, seasonal professional growth position where Naturalists develop skills and knowledge in Rocky Mountain ecology, environmental education, interpretation, public speaking, and community conservation efforts throughout their tenure. Naturalist Interns will receive NAI’s Certified Interpretive Guide training and other professional development opportunities as part of this position.
Naturalist Interns help to operate and maintain a variety of nature centers, including:
• Mountain Discovery Center at Walking Mountains in Avon
• Vail Nature Center in Vail’s Ford Park
• Nature Discovery Center atop Vail Mountain
• US Forest Service Visitor Information Services in Minturn
Additionally, Naturalists plan and present public programs based out of these and several other partner locations. Naturalists gain experience with a large variety of environmental education programming throughout the Eagle Valley, such as nature walks, campfire talks, early childhood programs, and summer camp activities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Participate in on-site, paid training prior to beginning internship responsibilities
• Reliably follow given work schedule
• Research, plan and facilitate lesson plans for all assigned programs
• Provide visitors and programs participants with positive, educational experiences
• Operate a variety of nature centers, including building maintenance, trail maintenance, program registration, gift shop sales, and visitor services
• Work with other Naturalist Interns and Walking Mountains Science Center staff to complete assigned projects that further the organization’s mission
To learn more about Walking Mountains Science Center, visit www.walkingmountains.org
• At least three years of education towards a BA/BS degree in natural science, education, or an environmentally-related field;
• Enthusiasm for educating others about the natural environment and sustainability while expanding personal knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology;
• Experience with formal or informal education of children and/or adults;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people.
• Current First Aid and CPR certifications;
• Able to hike up to 3 miles, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and lift up to 50 pounds;
Speaks Spanish; has specialized knowledge in the creative arts or a natural science field (botany, ornithology, etc.)
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.