Naturalist Intern (Summer and Summer/Fall)

Walking Mountains Science Center

About the organization

Walking Mountains Science Center's mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.


Internship Durations: May 22-September 3, 2024 and May 22-October 29, 2024
Start date is mandatory for training.

Position Overview:

Naturalist Interns gain hands-on training and experience in environmental education and nature interpretation, developing skills for teaching, outdoor guiding, program planning, and professional experience. Through unique partnerships, Walking Mountains Science Center works with a broad audience at multiple locations in the Vail, Colorado area. Naturalists will be exposed to a variety of programming types, work with all ages, and learn about nonprofit organizations.

Naturalists will develop skills and knowledge in Rocky Mountain ecology, environmental education, interpretation, public speaking, and conservation efforts throughout their tenure. Naturalist Interns will receive NAI’s Certified Interpretive Guide training and other professional development opportunities as part of this position.

Naturalists are integral to our work and bring our mission to thousands of people each summer and fall.

Naturalist Interns staff a variety of nature centers, including:
• Mountain Discovery Center at Walking Mountains in Avon
• Vail Nature Center in Vail’s Ford Park
• Nature Discovery Center atop Vail Mountain
• US Forest Service Ranger Station in Minturn

$350/week plus shared housing provided

Full job description on website.


• Age 21 or older with a valid driver’s license and able to drive organizational vehicles to offsite locations;
• Completed at least three years of education towards a BA/BS degree in natural science, education, or an environmentally-related field or equivalent experience;
• 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 and written communication skills;
• Current First Aid and CPR certifications;
• Able to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends);
• Able to hike up to 3 miles, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and lift up to 50 pounds;
• Positive, self-motivated, organized, and creative individual who can work independently;
• Ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people;
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
• Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people;
• Commitment to work through the stated seasonal end dates;
• Preferred: Completed undergraduate degree in related field or equivalent experience;
• Preferred: Speaks Spanish;
• Preferred: knowledge of the natural history of Colorado or the Rocky Mountains (flora, fauna, geology, etc.)



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