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Naturalist Internship Posted Jan 12
Walking Mountains Science Center , Avon, CO
Naturalist Interns present interpretive talks, walks, and environmental education lessons in the Avon, Colorado area.

Gain experience working in visitor education spaces and helping to operate and maintain a variety of locations, including:
* Walking Mountains Science Center
* Vail Nature Center
* Vail Resorts’ Nature Discovery Center
* US Forest Service Visitor Information Services

Naturalists are on the frontline to fulfill our mission to “awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.” Some of the many types interpretive and environmental education programs they lead include:
* Nature Walks
* Campfire Talks
* Early Childhood/Preschool Programs
* Teaching environmental education to underserved populations
* Roving visitor interactions on behalf of the US Forest Service

This is a professional growth position and Naturalists develop skills and knowledge in Rocky Mountain ecology, teaching, interpretation, public speaking, and community conservation efforts throughout their tenure. Professional development and NAI’s Certified Interpretive Guide training are also components of this internship position.

Naturalists rotate through a schedule working at different locations leading a variety of programs. Naturalists work with all-age groups and children’s groups, from pre-K through 12 years old. Naturalists also interact with and present programs to adults, families, and mixed-aged audiences.

For more information about Walking Mountains Science Center please visit

Required Qualifications:
* 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 communication skills;
* Ability to obtain current First Aid and CPR certifications before position begins;
* Interest in working flexible hours (including evenings and weekends);
* Ability to hike up to 3 miles, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and lift up to 50 pounds;
* At least three years of education towards a BA/BS degree in natural science, education, sustainability, or an environmentally-related field;
* Positive, self-motivated, organized, and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team of approximately 20 people.
* Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people.
* Desired qualifications: Specialized knowledge or interest in fly-fishing, the creative arts, Spanish-speaking, or a natural science field (botany, ornithology, etc.).

Location: Avon, Eagle County, Colorado

Duration of Position: Multiple positions of various lengths available.
a. May 21, 2018 to September 4, 2018
b. May 21, 2018 to October 8, 2018
c. May 21, 2018 to October 29, 2018
Opportunities exist for rehire for the winter season November 2018 through April 2019!

Compensation: Housing plus $250 weekly stipend.

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

To Apply: Position open until filled, interviews occur on a rolling basis. Please upload a current résumé, cover letter, Walking Mountains Application Form including 3 professional references and complete two short answer questions at Interviews will be conducted after February 5 and will continue until all openings are filled.

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