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Graduate Fellowship in Natural Science Education: Natural Science Educator Posted Oct 27
Walking Mountains Science Center , Avon, CO (Rocky mountain resort area)
Come work, learn and play in our beautiful mountain community! Walking Mountains Science Center is now accepting applications for our multi-faceted graduate fellowship. This is a unique 2 year and 3 month commitment through which Natural Science Educators will teach summer science camps and school field science programs while they simultaneously participate in a Master of Arts graduate program through University of Northern Colorado and earn an M.A. in Science Education.

This multi-faceted graduate fellowship is a full-time, 2 year and 3 month professional development program that focuses on K-12 field science education, leadership, and helping to grow a reputable nonprofit organization. Over the course of the first summer, Natural Science Educators are mentored by the outgoing cohort of educators, and together are responsible for preparing and teaching week-long youth natural science camps to students primarily in 1st-6th grade. There are a few middle and high school programs offered as well. Most summer camps are day camps, but some are residential and based out of backcountry huts. By fall, Natural Science Educators will be fully responsible for planning, preparing and teaching K-12 students in a variety of field science topics such as geology, sustainable energy, biodiversity research, weather, ecosystems, snow science and winter ecology. Ranging from one to three days, and sometimes residential, field programs are a vital supplement to traditional classroom learning. The majority of school programs are one day in length. There are opportunities for curriculum development during the fellowship as well. During their second year, educators continue teaching summer camp, field programs, mentor the incoming cohort of Natural Science Educators, conduct an action research project, and thereby round out their professional experience by providing critical leadership and program coordination. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Natural Science Educators simultaneously participate in a Master of Arts graduate program through University of Northern Colorado’s Extended Campus. Natural Science Educators are enrolled in courses taught at Walking Mountains Science Center and online. Upon successful completion of all required coursework and responsibilities of the 2 year and 3 month position, Natural Science Educators will earn a Master of Arts Degree in Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado. This relatively newly forged partnership is providing Natural Science Educators the opportunity to complete their Master’s degree in its entirety throughout the duration of the fellowship. Applicants for this second cohort must be flexible, able to communicate about and manage challenges, and willing to provide feedback to help improve the program as it grows. For additional information, a full job description, and to apply, please visit our website at:

Qualifications & Expectations
• BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field (coursework in biology, chemistry, and other hard sciences is a plus)
• 2 years of outdoor and/or classroom teaching experience
• Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
• Working knowledge of conservation issues, ecology, and natural history of the Rocky Mountains
• Positive, self-motivated, organized, flexible, and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team.
• 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work (required)
• Fluency in Spanish (desired, but not required)

Location: Avon, CO
Duration: May 30, 2018 to August 21, 2020 (2 year and 3 month commitment)

Educator Benefits:
$225/weekly stipend + housing May 30, 2018 through August 31, 2018
$22,000 annual stipend (no housing) for September 1, 2018 through August 21, 2018
Coursework and tuition for 30 graduate credits at University of Northern Colorado
Master of Arts Degree in Science Education (upon completion with B or higher grade in each course)
4 weeks paid vacation per year to correlate with school district calendar
12 paid holidays per year
1 sick day/month
Health and dental benefits
Ski pass (Vail and Beaver Creek resorts)
Avalanche Safety training
Certified Interpretive Guide Training

Contact Person: Jaymee Squires, Graduate Programs Director

To Apply: Applications will only be accepted through our website. Please visit: You will be required to upload:
• current resume
• cover letter
o identify scientific disciplines you are interested in strengthening
o identify your education goals
o identify topics of interest for an action research project
• Walking Mountains’ application form
• 3 professional recommendation letters with contact information
• copy of your undergraduate transcripts (these can be unofficial)
• academic writing sample (3-5 pages in length)

Important Application Notes:
• Once accepted by Walking Mountains Science Center and in order to finalize the application process, chosen applicants will need to submit a formal application to UNC as well.
o You will need to send official transcripts to UNC.
o If you want to apply for financial aid to help offset living costs, be sure to apply for your FAFSA by March 1, 2018.

Application Deadline: December 8, 2017

Click here to apply - Please mention that you saw the job on Orion Magazine