Volunteer Naturalist

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Catamount Institute

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Catamount Institute is seeking dynamic individuals who love the outdoors and have a passion for education and the environment!

Our volunteers are the friendly faces here during field trips and school programs. All Catamount Institute volunteer naturalists go through a training process which begins with an evening orientation (scheduled throughout the year) and then followed by several observations of other volunteer educators and Catamount Institute Educators in action.

As a Volunteer at Catamount Institute, you will learn many facets of environmental education as you train on the grounds of the 100-acre park where our offices are located.

You will learn how to be an interpreter of information and will feel comfortable answering a wide diversity of questions. Some volunteer educators lead activities on their own or as a pair. Lessons happen in Colorado Springs but sometimes we travel to other picturesque locations such as Muller State Park or Aiken Canyon Nature Preserve.

What does Catamount Institute look for in a volunteer?
* Desire and enthusiasm for sharing nature with children
* Strong oral communication skills
* Ability to commit to volunteer time during the school day (various times, Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm)
* Willingness and preparedness to work in all types of weather with varying temperatures, as well as indoors
* Ability to hike and explore up to 2-3 mile, off trail, over uneven meadow and forest, for 2-3 hours
* Must pass a background check with the Catamount Institute and local school districts
* Appreciation for the natural world and spending time outdoors

Benefits:

  • Watch students from diverse backgrounds experience the awe and wonders of the natural world
  • Work with a team of dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers who share similar interests
  • Acquire nature observation skills such as animal tracking and plant and wildlife identification
  • Learn about natural history of the Pike’s Peak region
  • Develop communication techniques to successfully work with youth and the public

More opportunities with Catamount Institute

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Children & Youth Education & Literacy Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

740 W Caramillo StColorado Springs, CO 80907

(38.857246,-104.83757)
 

SKILLS

  • Outdoor Recreation
  • STEM
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • General Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Child Development

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 to 4 hours at least once a week
  • Have a passion for the outdoors and protecting our environment

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