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Summer Guide Positions

Summer Camp at Catamount InstituteSummer Position Information

Working at camp will be one of the best jobs you’ll ever have. We are currently seeking energetic staff to join our team for the summer season to provide a safe and memorable experience for our campers. Please see the open positions below for the 2019 summer season.

Click here to fill out the online application for any of the positions below

Catamount Institute’s mission is to develop ecological stewardship through education and adventure.  Consequently, each of our summer camps is built on a strong mix of education and adventure, pairing things like water quality with whitewater rafting, geology with rock climbing, and natural history with animal tracking and exploration.

Working at camp you should expect:

  • Incredible outdoor settings ranging from urban city parks to deep wilderness.
  • Learn to work with students ages 6-16
  • Work hard play hard. Camp can be a hard job but the rewards are many as you provide unforgettable experiences for kids many who may be having thier first camp experience.
  • Work-weeks at camp are each a week-long, Monday-Friday, but range in length and activity each day including half-day camps, full day camps with a single overnight, residential camps in cabins, and expeditionary residential camps that include backpacking and overnight whitewater rafting trips and tent campouts
  • Mandatory training begins after Memorial Day and runs Tuesday-Friday.
  • Training includes
    • Learn environmental science lessons (tree and plant ID, animal signs & tracking, etc..)
    • Land navigation, orienteering, and map reading.
    • Child development and psychology, student behavior management, and teaching skills.
    • Games to entertain any camp and camper and make you the most popular camp educator.
  • The Summer season at Catamount Institute runs from May 28, 2019 – August 8, 2019. Time off is built in and not given during camp weeks.
  • Catamount Institute is unable to provide housing. Expenses at camp such as meals and lodging on overnight camps are paid by Catamount Institute.

Open Positions in the Catamount Institute Education Department – Click on the positions below!

Environmental Education Fellow *OPEN*

Summer Environmental Education Fellowship*OPEN*

Environmental Education Fellows work with Catamount’s year-round Education Department staff to form the core education, leadership, and safety supervision team for all of our camps.   The days are full, the energy is high, and the fun is contagious.

 Specific Responsibilities Include

  • Teaching and working with campers ages 6-16 at camps ranging from half-day to week-long residential experiences.
  • Must be able to prepare for and teach a simple activity from a lesson plan
  • Lead on or off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.  This may include driving a 15 passenger van, hiking over rugged terrain, and being comfortable in wilderness settings
  • Responsibility for shared cooking and cleaning duties for camp overnights and student supervision at meals (on a rotating basis)
  • Leadership in evening activities
  • Flexibility in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in camp responsibilities
  • Completing an individual staff project of your choice
  • Following up with former Fellows and summer staff 

Qualifications

  • College junior, senior, or bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with youth in the outdoors in a volunteer, staff, or professional capacity. Teaching license, degree, or certification given priority but NOT required
  • Science, History, or Recreation background helpful but NOT required
  • Must be comfortable living and working in the outdoors including tent camping. Preference is given to applicants with advanced outdoor skills like backpacking, rock-climbing, map and compass navigation or similar abilities
  • Energetic, dedicated, & able to become involved in all aspects of the program
  • Current first aid and CPR certifications are required, preference given to candidates with higher certifications: WFA, WFR, Wilderness EMT, etc…
  • Special skills (music, singing, storytelling, group dynamics, and games) helpful

Salary/Benefits

  • $4500 for 10 Weeks
  • Staff training, development, and project openings
  • Develop and hone teaching skills
    • Work along-side licensed educators
    • Better your ability to manage a group of students
    • Develop and teach lessons aligned with CO Department of Education Standards
    • 1:6 teacher:student ratio (outstanding for the education industry)
  • Become a better naturalist
    • Lean local plants, animals, and ecology
    • Outdoor hard skills (camping, orienteering, backcountry cooking, Leave No Trace)
    • Games and activities to teach ecological concepts
  • Meals and cabin or tent lodging provided during overnight camps.
  • Catamount Institute Staff gear and other perks, like spending your summer outside hiking, climbing, rafting, and exploring! Click here to apply

Heather Campbell Chaney Fellowship *OPEN*

Heather Campbell Chaney Environmental Fellowship*OPEN*

The Heather Campbell Chaney Environmental Fellowship is a summer opportunity created in memory of Heather’s passion for bringing a strong environmental ethic to our youth.  She dreamed of devoting her energy to creatively using environmental education to make the world a more sustainable place in which to live.  Each summer, the Campbell family awards this fellowship to a summer staff member at Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs.

We invite interested undergraduates who share Heather’s passion and respect for the outdoors to apply for the fellowship position at Catamount this summer.  The fellowship is an amazing opportunity to work side-by-side with other experienced outdoor educators.  Your teaching skills will grow and blossom through direct experience with students, staff training, development, and project opportunities.   See Catamount’s Summer Environmental Fellowship position description above for more information about life at camp, salary, and benefits information. Click here to apply

This summer help share the wonder of nature with the youth who are our future.

Guide Internship *OPEN*

Guide Internship – 2 Positions Available

Gain valuable experience to fill in your resume, strengthening your skills teaching youth, working in the outdoors, and in wilderness medicine certifications like CPR, First Aid, WFA, or WFR,   Guide Internships are designed to build your skills as you co-lead summer camp adventures with our professional outdoor educators and licensed classroom teachers.

  • Teach, live, work, and play with campers ages 6-16, including day camps, residential camps, backpacking treks, and overnight whitewater rafting trips.  We have a maximum of 30 students each session working with 6 staff and volunteers for an incredible student: teacher ratio of 5:1 perfect for developing your teaching skills in a fun environment.
  • Get Catamount Institute shirts and gear, free meals, and lodging for overnights, and pre-paid adventure like rock climbing, caving, backpacking, and more. Volunteer over 400 hours this summer and be awarded a $1,000 length-of-service award at the end of August and the summer camp season.
  • Open to college underclassmen and recent high school graduates (must be at least 18)
  • Preference is given to those with CPR and First Aid Certification, some prior experience leading students, and comfort working in the outdoors
  • Don’t have CPR and First aiThat’sats ok. We can help get you trained!

Click here to apply

High School Student Volunteers

Develop skills and experiences for your resume and college or job applications while still having time to enjoy the summer with your friends.  Volunteer at Catamount Institute’s Summer Programs.   Become a teacher, an outdoorsman (or woman) and, learn to overcome the challenges the outdoors offer. We will work with you to find the weeks that you are available! This is a great opportunity for our campers who are a bit older!
  • Teach, live, work, and play with campers ages 6-12, including day camps, residential camps, backpacking treks, and overnight whitewater rafting trips.  We have a maximum of 30 students each session working with 6 staff and volunteers for an incredible student: teacher ratio of 5:1 perfect for developing your teaching skills in a fun environment.
  • Get Catamount Institute shirts and gear, free meals, and lodging for overnights, and pre-paid adventure like rock climbing, caving, backpacking, and more. 
  • Open to high school students (must have completed one year of high school)
  • Preference is given to those with CPR and First Aid Certification, some prior experience leading students, and comfort working in the outdoors.
  • Don’t have CPR and First aiThat’sats ok. We can help get you trained!

Click here to apply

Deadline for Applications: Open until filled

To apply, fill out the online application Here

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740 West Caramillo St.
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