Internship Durations: May 25-September 3, 2022 and May 25-October 31, 2022
Application Deadlines: February 6, 2022 and March 6, 2022. Applications will be reviewed after each deadline and interviews will be held on a rolling basis until all positions are filled so apply early.
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.
Visit www.walkingmountains.org for information about Walking Mountains Science Center.
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
Compensation and Benefits:
$325 weekly stipend
Shared housing in Avon, CO for the duration of the internship
Naturalists also receive NAI Certified Interpretive Guide training and receive hours toward the Public Land Corps certification program for federal employment.
See job posting on website for full list: https://www.walkingmountains.org/job-opening-naturalist-internship-summer-fall/
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.