Internship Durations: May 22-September 3, 2024 and May 22-October 29, 2024
Start date is mandatory for training. Preference in hiring will be given to people who are available for the entire duration of the summer or fall term.

Position Overview:

Naturalist Interns gain hands-on training and experience in environmental education and nature interpretation, developing skills for teaching, outdoor guiding, program planning, and professional experience. Through unique partnerships, Walking Mountains Science Center works with a broad audience at multiple locations in the Vail, Colorado area. Naturalists will be exposed to a variety of programming types, work with all ages, and learn about nonprofit organizations.

Naturalists will develop skills and knowledge in Rocky Mountain ecology, environmental education, interpretation, public speaking, and 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.

Naturalists are integral to our work and bring our mission to thousands of people each summer and fall.

Naturalist Interns staff 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 Ranger Station in Minturn

Additionally, Naturalists plan and present public programs at 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, and early childhood programs.

Outside of work, naturalists live and play surrounded by breathtaking mountain views near Vail, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. This area is known for its vibrant summer music scene, stunning natural landscapes, and endless outdoor recreation opportunities.

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


• Age 21 or older with a valid driver’s license and able to drive organizational vehicles to offsite locations;
• Completed at least three years of education towards a BA/BS degree in natural science, education, or an environmentally-related field or equivalent experience;
• Enthusiasm for educating others about the natural environment and sustainability while expanding personal knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology;

Required Skills:

• Able to hike up to 3 miles and lift up to 50 lbs;
• Current First Aid and CPR certifications;
• Positive, self-motivated, organized, and creative individual who can work independently;
• Ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people;
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
• Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people;
• Commitment to work through the stated seasonal end dates

Preferred Skills:

• Completed undergraduate degree in related field or equivalent experience;
• Speaks Spanish;
• knowledge of the natural history of Colorado or the Rocky Mountains (flora, fauna, geology, 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.

Application Instructions

Visit https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/details/2178434 to see the full job description and to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with review deadlines of February 4 & March 3, 2024