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High School Environmental Leadership Coordinator Posted Mar 01
Walking Mountains Science Center , Avon, CO
The High School Environmental Leadership Coordinator will coordinate and teach an eight-week field-based high school Natural Resource Internship during the summer and spring semester Environmental Leadership course with a local public high school. Primary responsibilities include: 1) partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on field conservation projects that engage high school students in hands-on experience and field data collection integrated with teaching a Colorado Mountain College course as part of the summer internship; 2) partnering with local outdoor organizations to create hands-on experiences and career-focused opportunities for high school students in environmental leadership; 3) working in the field on conservation projects with Forest Service staff August-October; 4) teaching K-12 field science programs part-time during winter and spring seasons.

Organizational Overview
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

Responsibilities Include:
Program Coordination
* Serve as the primary contact with the U.S. Forest Service to implement the summer Natural Resource Internship for high school students
* Coordinate with the Forest Service project manager to ensure the goals of the summer internship align with the goals of the Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation
* Partner with Forest Service to ensure accurate implementation of field data collection protocols
* Recruit diverse teams of high school students for the Environmental Leadership Pathways Program and the Natural Resource Internships that are representative of school and community demographics
* Serve as the primary contact with community partners to provide support and resources for the Environmental Leadership Pathways Program and coordinate opportunities for students to learn about environmental leadership
* Develop and implement a spring semester Environmental Leadership course to be taught two-days per week at a local high school
* Organize and maintain curriculum and lesson plan files and materials for high school programs, research, and community projects
* Host student presentations for program partners and family members
* Annually evaluate success and impacts of internships and related projects through the development of a system to track longitudinal data
* Recruit, hire, and supervise a seasonal Environmental Stewardship Associate

Field and Classroom Instruction
* Teach the summer Natural Resource Internship for high school students, including backcountry field days and overnights
* Integrate the Colorado Mountain College course within the summer internship
* Prepare students to provide an end of summer presentation to community partners and family members
* Teach classroom and field sessions during spring semester Environmental Leadership course
* Support students in implementing community service projects
* Teach K-12 field science programs on a part-time basis during school year

Program Development
* Develop structure and framework for Environmental Leadership Pathways Program
* Establish relationships with outdoor partners in the community to identify opportunities for youth
* Continue to develop and expand upon the summer Natural Resource Internship structure as U.S. Forest Service conservation and land stewardship priorities shift with time
* Create and implement projects and curriculum that meet Walking Mountains’ program goals and objectives

Additional Responsibilities:
* Work in the field on conservation projects with Forest Service staff during August-October
* Assist with grant reporting to the National Forest Foundation and Great Outdoors Colorado
* Maintain required certifications and incorporate Walking Mountains’ risk management procedures
* Attend professional development workshops
* Collaborate with other programs and projects to achieve mutual goals
* Other duties, as assigned

* Bachelor’s Degree in science, education, or an environmental science related field, graduate degree preferred
* 3-5 years of outdoor teaching experience, including high school students and developing field science curricula
* Demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring high school students
* Working knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology, land management, and stewardship issues
* Excellent public speaking skills and willingness to teach a variety of audiences
* Outdoor program administration and risk management experience
* Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
* Self-motivated, team oriented, creative, and organized
* Current driver’s license and safe driving record for the past 5 years
* Ability to carry a 40 lb. pack, hike up to 10 miles, and perform physical labor in the backcountry setting
* Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

Compensation and Benefits: Salary of $32,000; health, dental, and vision insurance; 15 days paid vacation; 12 federal holidays; matching 401K program; discounted ski pass; and professional development opportunities.

Contact: Lara Carlson, Community Programs Director,; (970) 827 9725 x129.

To Apply: Please upload current résumé, cover letter, Walking Mountains’ Employment Application form with three professional references to Walking Mountains’ website:

Application deadline in March 12, 2018. Ideal start date is April 30, 2018.

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