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Walking Mountains Science Center

  • 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO
  • www.walkingmountains.org

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Community Science & Hiking Coordinator

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 an employee of our organization, you are a member of an inclusive and dynamic team that values community, professionalism, collaboration, diversity, equity, a positive work environment and a passion for the mission of Walking Mountains and the impact it’s making in the community. For more information, please visit: Why Walking Mountains?


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salary range

$39k - $43k / year

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Instruction

  • Primary guide and planner of the organization’s backcountry hiking program
    • Plan and prepare daytime hiking and snowshoe trips in accordance with risk management procedures
    • Create engaging interpretive opportunities for both visitors and residents
    • Coordinate logistics and communicate details with program participants
  • Plan, prepare, and present a variety of creative high-level educational programs
    • Workshops, presentations, and seminars
    • Custom programs
  • Develop and manage a robust menu of community science opportunities for a diverse audience
    • Provide community science trainings for volunteers
    • Guide trips or lead events to gather community science data, e.g. Christmas Bird Count, Front Range Pika Project
    • Ongoing data collection and creation of education resources, e.g. field guides, website content
    • Partner with academic and scientific institutions
  • Fill in for other Community Programs staff as needed
  • Collaborate with Community Programs Director and other Coordinators to create educational programming for special events and fundraisers such as the monthly Edventure series
  • Present or write nature education segments for media outlets as needed
  • Contribute to overall curriculum database development and quality control


Program Administration

  • Coordinate program logistics and registration systems
    • Schedule, contract, and promote programs
    • Perform quality control for backcountry and community science programs
  • Maintain consistent communication with program participants and volunteers
  • Assist in planning the budget, and maintain and track a variety of Community Programs budgets
  • Develop relationships with concierge, businesses, and other partners to expand the scope of audiences served
  • Assist with establishing unique and targeted program opportunities within the Community Programs department.
  • Implement and manage program evaluation systems.


Personnel Management

  • Collaborate in the hiring process of Backcountry Interpretive Guides on a seasonal basis
  • Supervise the Backcountry Interpretive Guide each summer, providing support through training, observations, professional development, staff meetings, and evaluations
  • Serve as a mentor and role model to Naturalist Interns in the development and design of educationally relevant and mission-driven interpretive and environmental education lessons

Special Benefits

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $39,000-43,000 starting annual salary
  • Employer-supplemented health, dental, and vision insurance on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • 15 days of PTO (starting), 12 paid holidays, and 12 days sick leave
  • Flexible Spending Account and Healthcare Savings Account options
  • Life insurance and short-term disability insurance
  • Ski pass (Vail and Beaver Creek resorts)
  • Professional Development opportunities

Minimum Requirements


  • BA/BS in science, interpretation, education, or an environmental science-related field or equivalent experience
  • Excellent public speaking skills and willingness to present to a variety of audiences
  • Enthusiasm for the natural world and outdoor recreation
  • General knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of the Rocky Mountains highly desired
  • At least 2 years of field experience in environmental education, interpretation, or outdoor leadership
  • Ability to hike 10-15 miles on steep, uneven terrain carrying a pack up to 50 pounds several days a week
  • Walking Mountains Science Center hires positive, energetic, friendly people
  • Self-motivated and works well both independently and within a team
  • Valid driver's license and ability to drive 15-passenger vans
  • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Successful candidates must provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 due to the nature of the work of the Walking Mountains Science Center. Candidates needing qualifying exemptions from the vaccination mandate will be considered with proper documentation.



  • Current Wilderness First Responder, CPR certifications
  • Current Certified Interpretive Guide certifications or knowledge of the tools and techniques of interpretation
  • Experience leading or participating in community science projects and working with volunteers
  • Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science topic or field
  • Ability to work a variable schedule with weekend and/or evening responsibilities
  • Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language

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