2016 Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) Semester Four-month Residential Fellowship

2016 Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) Semester Four-month Residential Fellowship

The Catamount Center, in partnership with Colorado College, is seeking applicants for their 2016 Environmental Education Fellowship. The Catamount Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring ecological stewardship through experiential outdoor and environmental education. The TREE (Teaching and Research in Environmental Education) Semester is a semester-long off-campus Colorado College academic program designed for undergraduate students of all majors.

Successful applicants will have a strong commitment to and knowledge of education, environmental studies, and environmental stewardship and are excited about the idea of working outdoors in a spectacular montane setting. Primary responsibilities include providing support to undergraduate students enrolled in the program for curriculum and inquiry activity planning, independent research, and teaching science and environmental studies to fifth graders in the outdoors and classrooms. Preference will be given to applicants who have relevant prior experience, especially working with children, and who will successfully promote Catamount Center’s atmosphere of collaboration and mutual learning.


$800 monthly stipend

Live in a spectacular mountain setting

Room and board expenses included

Certification as a Colorado Environmental Educator (pending CAEE portfolio completion)

Hiring Process:

Check out our website (www.catamountcenter.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TREESemester) to learn more about the TREE Semester

Submit transcript, resume, cover letter, and contact information for two professional or academic references to jaredmazurek@catamountcenter.org

Complete formal written application questions, found below.

If possible, arrange a visit to the Catamount Center in Woodland Park, CO for a campus tour and informal meeting with Program Director.

Fellowship dates are August 15 – December 23 (Includes two-week training and orientation). Fellows must commit to being present for full length of fellowship prior to hire.


Participate in and support undergraduate TREE students’ teaching development, including field days, course work, research projects, evening programs, teaching observations, and debriefs.

Assist TREE faculty, Columbine Elementary faculty, and Program Directors with coordinating and executing academic and research activities

Assist TREE students in curriculum planning, program delivery, academics, and management of 5th grade Outdoor School students for up to 100 hours teaching time during the fall semester 2016

Assist with undergraduate classes (e.g. Environmental Education, Foundations of Environmental Education, Independent Research) as needed.

Manage TREE student group dynamics and support student needs

Play a significant role in risk management, site maintenance, and marketing

Help shop and cook food under direction of Food Manager

Prepare a master level portfolio for submission to CAEE

Adhere to, actively model, and enforce Catamount Center and Colorado College policies, procedures, and codes of conduct


Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in an environmentally or education-related field of study

Strong interest in supporting the growth and development of undergraduate educators

Working knowledge of educational strategy and pedagogy, and passion to learn more about these subjects

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Ability and willingness to take initiative, solve problems, and multi task effectively

Experience organizing and facilitating groups

Excitement for working untraditional work weeks and living on site with a small team of permanent staff, undergraduate students, and visiting faculty

WFR, First Aid, or similar training is a plus

Passion for outdoor education and conservation

Successful completion of a background check (required by Teller County schools)

Sense of humor

Deadline for Applications: Applications are due no later than February 15. We will select Fellows by March 7.

The Catamount Center is an equal opportunity employer with a drug-free and smoke free workplace. Successful applicants will be required to adhere to Catamount Center Policies and Codes of Conduct, as well as those found in Colorado College’s Pathfinder.

Application Questions

1. Given 15 5th graders, a forest, lake, unlimited equipment, and three hours, choose concepts on which you would base a lesson and describe a lesson plan to teach your concept.

2. What are your personal and professional goals as a TREE Fellow?

3. In what ways do you hope to impact the undergraduate and fifth grade students you would be working with?


Jared Mazurek
Program Director


Catamount Center
3168 County Road 28
Woodland Park, CO 80863

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