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Foley Graduate Fellowship in Natural Science Education

Avon CO

Position Duration: May 30, 2018 to August 21, 2020 (2 year and 3 month commitment)

Application Deadline: December 8, 2017


Contact Person: Jaymee Squires, Graduate Programs Director

Email: jaymees@walkingmountains.org

Phone: (970) 827-9725 x 116


To Apply: Please upload the following documents online:

current resume

cover letter

identify scientific disciplines you are interested in strengthening

identify your education goals

identify topics of interest for an action research project

Walking Mountains’ application form (click here to view and download the pdf)

Three professional recommendation letters with contact information

Unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcripts (these can be mailed to Walking Mountains Science Center, c/o Jaymee Squires, PO Box 9469, Avon, CO 81620 if you are unable to upload)

academic writing sample (3-5 pages in length)


Important Application Notes:

Once accepted by Walking Mountains Science Center and in order to finalize the application process, chosen applicants will need to submit a formal application to UNC as well.

You will need to send official transcripts to UNC.

If you want to apply for financial aid to help offset living costs, be sure to apply for your FAFSA by March 1, 2018


This multi-faceted graduate fellowship at Walking Mountains Science Center is a full-time, 2 year and 3 month professional development program that focuses on K-12 field science education, leadership, and helping to grow a reputable nonprofit organization. This position is responsible for serving the organization with a personal commitment to awakening a sense of wonder and inspiring environmental stewardship and sustainability though natural science education. The Natural Science Educator position requires dedication to experiential learning, environmental education, natural science education, and life-long learning. The Natural Science Educator coordinates and teaches natural science programming both in the classroom and in the field during our summer science camps and school field programs. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Natural Science Educators simultaneously participate in a Master of Arts graduate program through University of Northern Colorado’s School of Biological Sciences, College of Natural and Health Sciences and Extended Campus. Natural Science Educators are enrolled in courses taught at Walking Mountains Science Center and online. Upon successful completion of all required coursework and responsibilities of the 2 year and 3 month position, Natural Science Educators will earn a Master of Arts Degree in Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado. The Summer Programs Coordinator and the School Programs Coordinator are responsible for the primary supervision of the Natural Science Educators during their respective seasons, overseen by the Youth Programs Director. The Graduate Programs Director oversees all aspects of the Graduate Fellowship component of the position. This is a newly forged partnership that is providing Natural Science Educators the opportunity to complete their Master’s degree in its entirety throughout the duration of the fellowship. Applicants for this second cohort of educators must be flexible, able to communicate about and manage challenges, and willing to provide feedback to help improve the program as it grows.


Qualifications & Expectations

BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field

Two years of outdoor and/or classroom teaching experience

Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications (The WFR course can be scheduled after acceptance into the program, but you should research courses that will be accessible for you.)

Working knowledge of conservation issues, ecology and natural history of the Rocky Mountains

Positive, self-motivated, organized, flexible, and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team.

3.0 GPA in undergraduate work (required)

Fluency in Spanish (desired, but not required)


Educator Benefits:

$225/weekly stipend + housing May 3th through August 31, 2018

$22,000 stipend (no housing) for September 1, 2018 through August 21, 2020

Coursework and tuition for 30 graduate credits at University of Northern Colorado

Master of Arts Degree in Science Education (upon completion with B or higher grades in each course)

4 weeks paid vacation per year to correlate with school district calendar

12 paid holidays per year

1 sick day per month

Health and dental benefits

Ski pass (Vail and Beaver Creek resorts)

Avalanche Safety training

Certified Interpretive Guide Training


For More Information: Please visit: http://www.walkingmountains.org/project/graduate-fellowship/

Posted November 7, 2017

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