Backcountry Interpretive Guide

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Walking Mountains Science Center
Job Overview

Position Overview (please see the website for more information and to apply)

The Backcountry Interpretive Guide works closely with the Outreach Coordinator and Community Programs Director to continue to expand Walking Mountains’ backcountry hiking and interpretive programs. This position will play an important front-line educator/guide role for our environmental education organization.


Responsibilities Include:

Formal and Informal Interpretation and Instruction

  • Plan, prepare, and present a variety of creative high content level programs
    • Extended hiking treks and educational outings
    • One-time contract and special request programs
  • Provide high quality customer service and educational experiences in backcountry settings
  • Actively research and expand knowledge of general Rocky Mountain ecology and specialized fields such as botany and ornithology
  • Other program planning, teaching responsibilities, and special projects, as assigned


Program Administration

  • Work in partnership with Community Outreach Coordinator and Community Programs Director to create program marketing plans
  • 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



  • BA/BS in science, interpretation, education, or an environmental science-related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
  • 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 and adventure experience
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • General knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of the Rocky Mountains
  • NAI Certified Interpretive Guide certification preferred
  • 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
  • Ability to hike 10-15 miles on steep, uneven terrain carrying a pack up to 50 pounds several days a week
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
  • Ability to work a full time flexible schedule with variable hours and many evening and/or weekend responsibilities



Compensation and Benefits:

$450/weekly stipend

Shared housing in Avon, CO


Visit the website to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.