Environmental Stewardship Associate

  • Walking Mountains Science Center
  • Walking Mountains Science Center, Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO, USA
  • Mar 19, 2018
Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Training

Job Description

Environmental Stewardship Associate Job Description:
This is a seasonal, non-exempt position, primarily responsible for assisting in implementation of a summer high school internship at Walking Mountains Science Center (June – July) that corresponds to monitoring and restoration projects funded by the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and conducted by the United States Forest Service (USFS).  This position is also responsible for completion of physically demanding field work with the USFS (August – October). This position reports directly to the Environmental Stewardship Coordinator.

Job Responsibilities

Program Development:

  • Implement an internship program that focuses on land management practices, ecosystem restoration, and stewardship ethics while directly aligning with NFF and USFS project goals.
  • Assist in the implementation and teaching of a college-level curriculum that meets WMSC program goals and objectives.
  • Create teaching materials for summer internship program.
  • Participate in ongoing program development, evaluation, review, and revision.

Field and Classroom Instruction:

  • Train and mentor incoming high school students during their 8 week NFF Internship.
  • Work as a team member with other Instructors, Educators, and Coordinators.
  • Plan, prepare, and teach scientific/interpretive environmental education lessons/programs.
  • Train and mentor students in research protocols for USFS monitoring projects.
  • Assist in leading backcountry trips up to four consecutive days.
  • Attend or conduct occasional evening and weekend programs and events.
  • Provide occasional overnight supervision of students/interns.

Program Coordination:

  • Serve as a liaison between participating partner organizations, NFF and USFS to ensure all curricula and project work aligns closely with terms of the grant funding
  • Collaborate with the USFS to establish needs for implementing the protocol for ongoing stream monitoring and other projects.
  • Assist in maintaining database of student participation, assessment data, and evaluation.
  • Participate in regular partner meetings and all-staff meetings, when applicable.

Operations & Risk Management:

  • Assist with upkeep and maintenance of facility, vehicle, and program resources including first aid supplies, teaching supplies and equipment, field gear, specimens, and library books.
  • Safely transport students in company vehicles.
  • Maintain required medical certifications.
  • Evaluate environmental conditions and manage risk accordingly (Follow Walking Mountains’ emergency protocol and current wilderness emergency medical procedure, if needed).

Professional Development:

  • Attend professional development workshops that may include topics such as: USFS research protocols, land use management, stewardship in education, program development and management, service learning, citizen science etc.
  • Maintain and develop natural history/ecology background knowledge for programs.
  • Other duties as assigned, such as participating in fundraising and community events outside of normal work hours.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Education, or an Environmental Science related field.
  • Working knowledge of Rocky Mountain Ecology and current land management issues
  • At least 1 year outdoor or classroom teaching experience
  • Self-motivated, team oriented, creative and organized
  • Current driver’s license and safe driving record for the past 5 years
  • Working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Certified Wilderness First Aid (Must obtain before start date)
  • Must be able to hike up to 8 miles per day with a 30lb pack
  • Dates of employment from May 21st – October 12th, 2018

Duration of Position: 22 weeks from May 21st, 2018 – October 12th, 2018

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Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO


$350 per week stipend. Housing and training provided