ACES Summer Naturalist

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

About the organization

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a nonprofit environmental science education organization. Since 1968, ACES has inspired a life-long commitment to the earth by providing innovative and immersive programming for all ages. We have three locations: Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, and Catto Center at Toklat. Our programs focus on ecological literacy, regenerative agriculture, forest and ecosystem health, land restoration, and environmental leadership.

ACES works to contribute to a national agenda for increased environmental awareness. Our programs reach over 140,000 individuals every year. We teach daily in schools from Aspen to Rifle, provide kids camps, adult classes, guided hikes and field programs for all ages, with 70 partner organizations. We also engage our community by hosting public lectures and events. ACES collaborates with land trusts, public agencies, and other nonprofits to achieve our mission.

Duties

Every year, ACES offers an intensive Summer Naturalist Internship program at ACES at Hallam Lake, our visitor center and 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of downtown Aspen. Summer Naturalists receive valuable training and experience while leading guided hikes and conducting environmental education programs at Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, the Maroon Bells, ACES sites at Hallam Lake, the Catto Center at Toklat and Rock Bottom Ranch, and at various other iconic locations around Aspen. Many of ACES employees first come to the organization through the Summer Naturalist position, including some of our small administrative staff.

The Summer Naturalist program has dual purpose. First, ACES aims to provide the best possible learning and working experience to Naturalists. The second goal is informative and inspiring educational interactions with ACES tour and class participants.

Responsibilities
Lead interpretive nature walks at Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and the Maroon Bells in the White River National Forest.
Assist with management of the Hallam Lake visitor center and 25-acre nature preserve.
Learn about Rocky Mountain ecology.
Teach environmental education programs for children.
Conduct bird of prey programs

Qualifications

Degree or focus of study in the natural sciences, environmental education, or related field.
Strong communication skills.
Self-motivated with a sincere interest in the environment.
Experience working with the public.
First Aid & CPR certification.
US citizens only.

Salary

$225/weekly stipend + housing + RBR food

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please see above website to apply.

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