Founded in 1998, 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 are part of 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.
The Sustainability Fellowship is a 13-month full-time position that will provide the opportunity to deeply engage in collaborative thinking and skill development with the focus of climate action education, implementation, and outreach. The Fellow will also gain hands-on outreach skills in fostering sustainable behaviors while gaining valuable experience learning how mountain communities, governments, and businesses are taking action and reducing their carbon emissions. The Fellow will interact with local partners driving sustainable change and will have the opportunity to learn about and share widely the projects and initiatives underway to reduce local carbon emissions. This position will regularly report to the Sustainability Programs Manager, but will work with the entire Sustainability Programs team to coordinate the department’s efforts in leading the community-wide achievement of the climate actions goals set in the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community (CAP) through initiatives and educational opportunities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with Sustainability Programs department staff to identify and deliver on education and outreach needs specific to the department strategy for a more coordinated effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness, specifically as they relate to Climate Action Plan goals and priority actions.
- Help with content development and communication (written, social media, others); event planning and execution; and other education and outreach activities as needed or assigned.
- Work with local partners to create and facilitate a high school climate action group that includes diverse students from each local high school who live throughout the valley.
- Support the organization and execution of a “Climate Action Week” during Earth Week in April, to bring together the local residents, partner organizations, students and governments to engage in local solutions to climate change.
- Identify global, national, and regional events that can be used as education and outreach opportunities locally.
- Participate in, and support execution of the Climate Action Collaborative’s Education and Outreach plan and Advisory Panel to align WMSC Sustainability education plan with community-wide Climate Action Plan implementation.
- Support research and development of priority actions outlined in the CAP Update as needed including, Natural Climate Solutions.
- Provide outreach throughout the community at events representing all Walking Mountains Sustainability Programs and support sustainability programs/staff as needed or assigned.
- Assist with WMSC organizational special events as needed.
- Understand and follow the organizational risk management policies and procedures.
- Act in compliance with the Walking Mountains Science Center Employee Handbook.
* Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, activities and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.
- Bachelor’s degree in sustainability or a related focus field or equivalent experience working in this field.
- Enthusiasm for working hands-on with environmental sustainability efforts including but not limited to, climate action, energy efficiency, and waste diversion
- Working knowledge of community-based social marketing
- Desire to educate others on sustainability initiatives while expanding personal knowledge of current sustainability trends
- Comfortable interacting publicly with a variety of people in various settings including high school students
- Positive, compassionate, self-motivated, organized, creative and professional individual who can work independently and as part of a team
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Solid time management skills, with attention to detail and timelines
- Strong social media knowledge and computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Ability to multi-task and work with changing priorities as needed
- Availability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends)
- Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, and reliable form of transportation
- Spanish language skills (desired, but not required)
The Sustainability Fellow works in a variety of settings, but primarily indoors. The work environment is predominantly located on-site at the Borgen Precourt Center for Sustainability in an open office environment The Fellow will also spend a significant portion of time out in the community for meetings and events. Travel throughout the Eagle Valley and flexibility to work evenings and weekends is required.
Compensation and Benefits
- $22,000 annual stipend
- Employer provided housing in Avon, CO for the duration of the position
- Medical and dental insurance available
- Flexible working arrangements available, including remote up to 2 days per week
- Also included are 12 paid holidays, 15 days paid vacation, and 12 sick days, professional development opportunities, pro deals, and discounted ski pass
- Duration of Position: August 2021 thru September 2022