Summer Educator

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a nationally recognized leader in environmental education for people of all ages, seeks summer educators for two of its sites, Rock Bottom Ranch and Hallam Lake. Programs involve developing and teaching week-long summer camps and programs, primarily with children entering grades K-8. An interested applicant may apply for one or both positions.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities: (90% time allocation)

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Teach ACES Youth Summer Programs

  • Teach week-long youth programs based at Hallam Lake or Rock Bottom Ranch, and various other off-site locations. Programs may include hikes and overnight camping.
  • Lead and safely manage students (K-12) in a wide range of environments and conditions (i.e. programs at 11,200 feet in elevation, working outdoors with children in wet and cold weather).
  • Lead and support other community programs for adults and families, as needed.


2. Develop and prepare curriculum and education materials for ACES Youth Summer Camps and Programs.

  • Develop, revise, and document education curriculum for week-long youth programs for various ages.
  • Create, prepare and organize educational resources and materials for ACES youth programs.


Secondary Responsibilities: (10% time allocation)

  • Assist and become involved with visitor center maintenance including resident animal management, ranch animal husbandry, interpretive exhibits, and other ACES projects.
  • Perform on-site visitor center hosting responsibilities. This includes greeting and engaging guests, answering telephone calls, informal visitor education, and fielding questions.
  • Maintain site organization and cleanliness.
  • Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.


Reporting Relationships

The ACES Summer Educator position reports to the ACES Education Director and ACES Community Programs Senior Manager. Coordination with other senior staff may be required.


• Bachelor’s or master’s degree, or equivalent experience, in natural sciences, environmental education, agriculture education or related fields 
• Minimum of two years' teaching experience in a classroom or outdoor setting, elementary grade level preferred
• Passion for working with children in an outdoor setting
• Experience with curriculum writing and development of educational teaching materials
• Ability to work independently as well as within a team-oriented environment
• Creativity and organizational skills essential
• Spanish language proficiency preferred
• Current First Aid & CPR certification, WFR or WFA preferred

Employment Dates

June 7, 2022 - August 6, 2021 (Monday through Friday)

Employment as a full-time year round ACES Educator may be available. Please see our year-round Educator job announcement.


Pay is $120 -$140 per day; educators receive additional pay for overnight programs. Housing is available and may be provided as part of compensation.


Rock Bottom Ranch Educators are based at ACES’ 113-acre working ranch located in Basalt, Colorado. Hallam Lake Educators are based at ACES’ 25-acre nature preserve located in Aspen, Colorado. 

Application Process

Please email cover letter and resume to Phebe Meyers, ACES Community Programs Senior Manager, [email protected]. Please indicate in your email or cover letter whether you are applying for the Rock Bottom Ranch or Hallam Lake position, or both. Hiring will occur on a rolling basis. Applications accepted until positions are filled.