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UPDATE 5/11/2017 - The hiring process for Fall 2017 has been completed, please each out via email if you have any questions. The Spring 2018 process will open up during the Fall 2017 semester.

Dates: Full/Spring semester internship inline with Jeffco district calendar.

Organizational Overview:

Jefferson County Outdoor Lab Schools give 6th grade students the unique opportunity to explore subjects such as earth science, life science, water systems, archery, and astronomy. Experientially, students are engaged in problem solving, team building, decision-making and social interaction. Jefferson County operates the program from two sites; Windy Peak is located just south of Bailey, Colorado and Mount Evans is located west of Evergreen, Colorado.

Position Overview

Interns will instruct classes in one or more subjects: Biosphere, Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Navigation, Archery, Low Ropes Initiatives, History, and Astronomy, to sixth grade students. They will co-teach with classroom teachers and high school leaders.  They will manage daily operations such as equipment room. Interns will receive 2.5 elective credits and a letter grade if enrolled as a high school student in Jeffco Public Schools. Three hours of college credit in outdoor education will also be completed through Red Rocks Community College.

Essential Job Functions

  • Instruction of Jefferson County 6th grade outdoor education classes

  • Mentoring, assisting, and residing with 6th grade students and high school leaders

  • Supervise and mentor students and high school leaders during bunkhouse times

  • Daily program operations such as equipment room, flag ceremony and audio/video

  • Lead site stewardship

  • Work with colleagues and the general public in a professional and friendly manner

  • Solve problems as they arise

  • Excellent work ethic

  • Internally accountable and motivated

  • Solid communication, leadership skills, creativity, adaptability, and flexibility in managing a variety of situations.

  • Interact with students with a high level of energy and enthusiasm at all times

  • Interact positively with people of diverse backgrounds and different levels of experience

  • Work closely as a part of a team

  • Willingness to live as part of a close community

  • Role model a high level of integrity and positivity


  • One or more weeks as a leader at the Outdoor Lab Schools or similar experience.

  • High school junior or senior or high school graduate

  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5

Hours:  +40 Monday through Friday

Pay: This is an unpaid internship.  There is a $500 stipend for gear provided and opportunities for pay are offered for hopper (kitchen) work.

Room and Board:  Living on site is a required during internship. Interns will be housed with students in bunks.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle objects, tools, or controls. The employee is required regularly to stand or walk and hike at an altitude of > 8,100 feet. The employee may occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other functions as necessary.

Please complete the online application posted above.

If you have questions please email 

Mount Evans - Nicholas Ophaug at
Windy Peak - Mike Pate at