CMSP Interns


Do you want to become a Casper Mountain Science Program Intern?

See our job summary below!

CMSP INTERN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Contract status and length: Temporary Internship

February 5th, 2018 – May 18th, 2018 (15 weeks)

Application closing date:

The application for the internship will remain open until all positions are filled.

Program Description: The Casper Mountain Science Program (CMSP) is seeking interns for the spring semester (2/5/18 - 5/18/18). We hire enthusiastic instructors who are interested in exploring place-based science education and improving their teaching skills. We use the outdoors to introduce students to field studies and to develop a new appreciation of Casper’s backyard. Our program is located at the top of Casper Mountain (8,000 feet) in a montane forest. We use a camp owned by the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming as our indoor classroom and for housing our interns.

CMSP Intern Job Summary: The Casper Mountain Science Program offers both day and residential (overnight) programs. Interns will teach curriculum that is based on the Wyoming State Standards and is designed to meet the needs of the classroom teacher. While some lessons and activities are taught indoors, a significant portion of the teaching is done in the field. When in the outdoor environment, interns will be exposed to inclement weather, uneven terrain, potentially dangerous plants and wildlife. Extra safety precautions and an awareness of the environment are required. Most work with students is done Monday through Thursday, with additional training on Fridays. The hours per day vary depending on the type of program we are providing. Work hours for day programs are typically 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. For overnight programs, the work hours are typically 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM. On rare occasion, weekends and holidays may be required; however, most weekends provide opportunities to explore the outdoor recreation opportunities on Casper Mountain and around the state of Wyoming. This position is similar to opportunities found with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps.

Intern Training: Interns receive two weeks of training at the beginning of their internship. The initial training focuses on the CMSP procedures, safety procedures, classroom management and student supervision strategies, NCSD compliance training, the local ecology, and the curricula offered by our program. Training will continue throughout the semester in order for interns to improve their management and teaching skills, as well as to provide an opportunity to learn more about lesson planning and curriculum design.

Compensation & Benefits: $3,200 total - Interns will be paid monthly, beginning in February. Onsite housing is provided. Interns share communal living spaces, including an industrial kitchen and shared bathrooms. Female interns will be housed in one room and the males will share another. Our living areas also serve as our classroom space. Food, which is prepared by a professional catering service, will be provided to interns when students stay overnight (approximately 1/3 of the semester).

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, visit the Natrona County School District website at http://natronaschools.org (click on "Careers" and look at "New Vacancies").

CONTACT PERSON: Carolyn Jacobs

Email Contact: carolyn_jacobs@natronaschools.org

Phone Contact: 307-259-6414


The people, place and environment were the perfect intro into this field and changed my outlook on just about everything. The job was challenging, but gosh if I didn't learn a thing or two about patience, supporting others, working as a team, the different approaches to handling situations/people.

- Stuart, CMSP Intern

FAQ - Interns

Do I write my own curriculum?

Program Supervisor, Carolyn Jacobs, a longtime science teacher, creates the curricula and teaches interns how to use it. Part of the training for interns is exploring how to write curriculum and as the semester progresses, interns begin to develop their own units and lessons. You won’t be thrown in with students without training and practice!


How large are the student groups?

Group size varies from six to twelve students, depending on the group and whether it is a day program or an overnight program. During our overnight programs, the group size tends to be larger, but the intern instructors team-teach, which makes the supervision and teaching of students more manageable.


How much of our teaching is outside? Do we teach inside when the weather is bad?

Each program starts with some introductory lessons that are held inside. However, most of your teaching is outside. During day programs, your time outside ranges from 2 – 3 hours. When students are with us for an extended stay, there are times when you are in the field for 3- 4 hours at a time.

Unless the weather poses a safety issue for our students, we go out, regardless of the rain, wind, or snow. We do provide additional gear to the students (and interns) when it is needed.


Do I need to be physically fit?

While you don’t need to be a marathon runner or a gym rat, this job can be physically taxing. You are required to carry a daypack filled with teaching materials and you must be able to hike several (2-3) miles at a time. You will be hiking every day on uneven terrain and in all weather conditions.


What if I’m not already knowledgeable about snow and mountain science?

We will teach you! Staff members have been trained in snow science, mountain ecology and safety. During the first two weeks you will receive training from them and some outside experts. It’s not a problem if you are never been north of Florida; we will help you learn what you need to know to teach our students.


What types of careers can this internship prepare me for?

Your future career opportunities will depend greatly on your background and education, but an internship with CMSP can help you in your preparation for a variety of future positions. Although our priority is to train you to work with NCSD students on our campus, CMSP training covers teaching skills, outdoor education, and some field research. Previous CMSP interns have moved on to positions as science teachers, field researchers (in herpetology, tropical carnivores, forest health, rangeland, and more), ski instructors, ropes course leaders, park rangers, graduate students, and a wide variety of outdoor education jobs all over the U.S.


Working as an intern at CMSP was by far one of the most important and formative experiences I've had working with students, and was where I discovered how much I like working with middle schoolers.

- CMSP Intern, Amelia