Backcountry Interpretive Guide

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Walking Mountains Science Center
Job Overview

Backcountry Interpretive Guide

Position Overview:

This seasonal, full-time position plays an important educator/guide role as a frontline representative of Walking Mountains Science Center. The Guide works closely with the Community Outreach Instructor and other Community Programs staff. Responsibilities primarily include guiding adults and young adults in backcountry settings while interpreting the natural world and maintaining a high level of risk management standards. The Backcountry Interpretive Guide’s responsibilities may include partnering with other team members for additional programming to fulfill Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission to “awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.”

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality customer service and educational experiences in backcountry settings

o   Extended hiking treks and educational outings

o   One-time contract and special request programs

  • Maintain and enforce Walking Mountains Science Center’s risk management procedures to keep program participants safe
  • Actively research and expand knowledge of general Rocky Mountain ecology and specialized fields such as botany and ornithology
  • Use program registration software to monitor and communicate with program participants
  • Collect photos and other marketing content and assist in the creation of program and destination-specific marketing materials
  • Document and record participation numbers and use data on public lands


  • At least 1 year of field experience in interpretation and/or environmental education including programs for adult audiences
  • At least 1 year of remote backcountry leadership or adventure experience
  • BA/BS in science, interpretation, education, or an environmental science-related field
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
  • Ability to hike 10-15 miles on steep, uneven terrain carrying a pack up to 50 pounds several days a week
  • Desired: NAI Certified Interpretive Guide certification
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • General knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of the Rocky Mountains
  • Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science field, such as botany, mycology, ornithology, astronomy, meteorology, etc. preferred
  • Positive, self-motivated, organized, and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive 15-passenger vans in diverse road conditions
  • Able to work a full-time flexible schedule with variable hours and many evening and weekend responsibilities

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $450 weekly stipend and shared housing provided during the duration of the position.
  • Position duration: May 13, 2019 to September 13, 2019

Contact: Peter Suneson, [email protected]

To Apply: Please upload a current résumé, cover letter, and Walking Mountains Application Form including 3 professional references at Initial application deadline is 2/1/2019.  Interviews will be conducted after February 11, 2019 and will continue until opening is filled.