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Paid Internship Opportunity: Naturalist and Sustainability Internship – Walking Mountains Science Center (Application Deadline: 04/15/16)

Walking Mountains Science Center LogoNaturalist and Sustainability Internship
Walking Mountains Science Center
Location: Avon, Colorado
Website: http://www.walkingmountains.org

Naturalist Interns present interpretive talks and walks, environmental education lessons, and sustainability outreach programs. Naturalists also staff and maintain visitor centers at Walking Mountains Science Center and our partner locations (Vail Nature Center, Vail Resorts’ Nature Discovery Center, and US Forest Service – White River National Forest). Additional programs are offered in partnership with Sylvan Lake State Park and the Town of Vail. This is a professional growth position and Naturalists develop skills and knowledge in Rocky Mountain ecology, TEACHING, interpretation, public speaking, and community sustainability 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 various nature/visitor centers and recycling centers. Naturalists develop programs and lessons, guide hikes for multi-aged groups, present interpretive evening programs, and teach environmental education lessons for children pre-K through 12 years old. Naturalists staff “Zero Waste” events to manage recycling, waste diversion, and composting stations while educating the public about these initiatives.

For more information about Walking Mountains Science Center please visit www.walkingmountains.org.

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);
• Enthusiasm for working with hands-on environmental sustainability efforts including handling compost, waste, and recyclables;
• 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. Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people.
• Desired qualifications: Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science field (botany, ornithology, etc.), experience with fly fishing, or the creative arts.

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Job Opportunity: Summer Garden Guide Preschool Camp Assistant & After-Camp Specialist – UW Botanic Gardens

University of Washington Botanic Gardens LogoSummer Garden Guide
Preschool Camp Assistant & After-Camp Specialist

Location: Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

Camp Overview: Our day-camp curricula are designed to promote environmental conservation through education and recreation. To achieve this we focus on hands-on exploration, play and the concept of “learning by doing”. Depending on the weekly theme, campers may explore ethnobotany, growing food, art, survival skills, and a variety of sciences from looking at insects to studying phenology. We want to develop a nature connection in our campers through fun, educational experiences in and about nature.

Job Description: This position is responsible for 2 different tasks, working with 2 different age groups at different times of the day. First in the morning lead and teach environmental education programs with children ages 4-6, integrating age appropriate activities focused on science, team building, art, camp theme and play. Following the Summer Camp experience for the younger children, oversee after-camp programming and ensure the safety of campers enrolled in after-camp care. Campers’ ages range from 1st-6th grade; the number of campers varies depending on the week but averages about 10. A maximum ratio of 1:12 will be maintained to ensure the safety of the campers. After a full day of camp, after-care is a time for children to unwind and have more choice in how they spend their time. It is the job of the after-camp specialist to create and offer activities for children to choose from such as craft projects, movement, gardening, board games, running games, etc.

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Job Opportunity: Summer Camp Guide/Naturalist – UW Botanic Gardens

University of Washington Botanic Gardens LogoSummer Camp Guide / Naturalist
Location:
Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

Camp Overview: Our day-camp curricula are designed to promote environmental conservation through education and recreation. To achieve this we focus on hands-on exploration, play and the concept of “learning by doing”. Depending on the weekly theme, campers may explore ethnobotany, growing food, art, survival skills, and a variety of sciences from looking at insects to studying phenology. We want to develop a nature connection in our campers through fun, educational experiences in and about nature.

Job Description: Lead and teach environmental education programs with 1st-6th graders, integrating science, team building, art, camp theme and play.

Dates: June 20 – September 2

Schedule: Training: June 20-24, 9am-3pm. Camp sessions: June 27-July 1, July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29, August 1-5, August 8-12, August 15-19, August 22-26, and August 29-September 2. M-F, 8am-3:30pm (camp runs 9am-3pm). Additional hours available for summer camp clean-up September 6-9.

General Duties: Plan, prepare, and teach appropriate lessons, activities, games and experiences for the age group and weekly theme. Utilize the Arboretum and surrounding resources to create fun and dynamic educational experiences for campers. You will be responsible for a group of up to 12 campers (grouped by age) and one high school assistant.

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Job Opportunity: Summer Camp Guide – UW Botanic Gardens

University of Washington Botanic Gardens LogoSummer Garden Guide
Preschool Camp
Location: Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

Camp Overview: Our day-camp curricula are designed to promote environmental conservation through education and recreation. To achieve this we focus on hands-on exploration, play and the concept of “learning by doing”. Depending on the weekly theme, campers may explore ethnobotany, growing food, art, survival skills, and a variety of sciences from looking at insects to studying phenology. We want to develop a nature connection in our campers through fun, educational experiences in and about nature.

Job Description: Lead and teach environmental education programs with children ages 4-6, integrating age appropriate activities focused on science, team building, art, camp theme and play.

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Course/Research Opportunity: Study at Friday Harbor Labs (SPR/SUM Application Deadline: 02/01/16)

Study at Friday Harbor Labs this Year
Spend a quarter studying in residence at the UW’s marine field station at Friday Harbor Labs (FHL). Undergraduates can study at FHL in spring, summer or autumn quarters, and the deadline for spring/summer applications is February 1.

● Explore the marine environment of the Salish Sea where your classroom is a marine preserve, and the boats are just steps away from your dorm.
● Courses for all levels from introductory marine biology to advanced research apprenticeships.
● Get to know your teachers with class sizes frequently less than 20 students.

Info Session
Thursday, January 21, 10:30-11:20 am, Fishery Sciences Building (FSH) 203 [map]
RSVP

Get all the information you need to know to plan for a quarter or course at Friday Harbor Labs. Meet faculty, TAs, and students from past quarters, and learn about the courses offered this year.

Courses
(Spring) Marine Biology Quarter: Students starting their exploration of the marine environment (few or no pre-reqs) build a schedule around courses in introductory marine biology, science writing, statistics, or oceanography. Spring 2016 course list

(Spring) Marine Zoology/Botany (Zoo-Bot) Quarter: A fixed schedule of three integrated courses (for undergrads with biological sciences background), including an individual research project mentored by FHL faculty and instructors.

(Summer): A selection of intensive, half-term (5 week) courses including Marine Invertebrate Zoology or Ecology & Conservation of Marine Birds & Mammals. Summer 2016 course list

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Job Opportunity: Teaching Position – Bartlett Arboretum

Bartlett Arboretum LogoTeaching Position
Bartlett Arboretum
Location:
Stamford, Connecticut
Website: http://bartlettarboretum.org

A full-time teaching position with Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, beginning January 2016, to assist with our school, camp, outreach, after-school, and public programming. The ideal candidate will be comfortable teaching a wide variety of ages from pre-school-aged children through adults. Botany and horticulture knowledge required. General knowledge pertaining to other environmental education topics, such as sustainability, environmentalism, STEM-based learning, is also necessary. Candidates should be familiar with current educational trends and techniques at a local and national level, and be comfortable providing developmentally appropriate programming to a diverse population in both an urban and suburban setting.

General Duties:

  • Teaching during the school year and summer, including our city-wide second grade program, sixth grade after-school program, adult arboriculture program, and vacation and summer camps.
  • Plant and animal care: Help maintain a plant and animal collection used for education programs throughout the year.
  • Assist with lesson planning and curriculum design.
  • Support new education initiatives laid out by the organization at the beginning of each teaching year.
  • External marketing of programs through website, direct mail, social media, press releases, and other innovative solutions. Attend camp and school fairs and community events, as needed, to market the programs.
  • Keep camper records and registrations in database.

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Job Opportunity: Naturalist/Eco Tour Guide at Durango, CO Zipline – Soaring Tree Top Adventures

Job Title: Naturalist/Eco Tour Guide at Durango, CO Zipline
Company: Soaring Tree Top Adventures
Location: Durango, CO
Website: http://www.soaringcolorado.com
Apply to: soaringjobs2015@hotmail.com
Job Type: Paid Job

Description:
Ecology Tour Guides, Durango, Colorado

Are you physically fit, safety conscious, comfortable working with ropes and heights, and do you have an outgoing and personable disposition? If so, you may just have what it takes to work at Soaring Treetop Adventures, the world’s largest zipline course, rated #1 on TripAdvisor.com! Seeking applicants for Ecology Guides (Eco Rangers) to educate guests while in the trees at our zipline.Duties include, but are not limited to, providing engaging interpretive information in an old-growth forest environment while in the trees at the largest and safest zipline course in the U.S., focusing on guest safety as our first priority. Candidates must maintain a clean and professional appearance, actively engage guests in conversation throughout the day and provide a safe and unforgettable experience high up in the Ponderosa forest. Requirements include the ability to lift small children on/off the zipline cables, frequently climb via ascenders up 60′ of rope, and feel comfortable in such environments. Familiarity with climbing gear and First Aid/CPR certifications are a plus.

Eco Rangers are also responsible for educating guests about the natural history of our property within an old-growth forest in the San Juan Mountains. We want guests to understand the importance of protecting the environment for future generations and to illustrate the simple tasks we perform to help promote a clean environment. You’ll spend time researching and obtaining program information to help actively engage guests throughout the zipline course.

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