The Backcountry Interpretive Guide develops and leads interpretive environmental education programs for adult audiences in backcountry settings. Walking Mountains' Backcountry Programs include full day 10+ mile backcountry hikes in high alpine environments as well as community science programs and shorter themed hiking programs on topics such as alpine wildflowers, mycology, birding and more. This position works closely with the Community Outreach Coordinator to develop and guide high level backcountry hiking programs that expand Walking Mountains' mission to 'awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship through natural science education'.
• Plan, prepare, and present a variety of creative high content level programs.
o Guide extended hiking treks, educational programs, and private hiking programs.
o Lead Community Science trainings and field 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.• Work in partnership with Community Outreach Coordinator and Community Programs Director to create program marketing plans.
o BA/BS in science, interpretation, education, or an environmental science-related field (or equivalent experience)
o Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
o At least 1 year of field experience in interpretation and/or environmental education including programs for adult audiences
o At least 1 year of remote backcountry leadership and adventure experience
o Excellent public speaking skills
o General knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of the Rocky Mountains
o NAI Certified Interpretive Guide certification preferred
o Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science field, such as botany, mycology, birding, astronomy, meteorology, etc. preferred
o Positive, self-motivated, organized, and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team
o Valid driver's license and ability to drive 15-passenger vans in diverse road conditions
o Ability to hike 10-15 miles on steep, uneven terrain carrying a pack up to 50 pounds several days a week