Summer Guide Internship


Catamount Institute


Colorado Springs, CO



Mac Steck


  • Teach, live, and work with campers ages 5-15 as an Environmental Educator at camps ranging from half-day to week long residential experiences
  • Teach lessons and activities from prepared lesson plans 
  • Possibly transporting students as needed in CI supplied vehicles (15 passenger vans), covered by CI insurance if eligible with a clean driving record
  • Responsibility for shared cooking and cleaning duties for camp overnights and student supervision at meals (on a rotating basis)
  • Attend staff meetings, planning sessions, and trainings as needed
  • Write a portion of Catamount Institute’s end of summer wrap up report
  • Support all staff and organization activities as needed
  • Flexibility in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in camp responsibilities


  • Must be enrolled in college or high school (rising Junior, senior, or recent grad)
  • Preference given to those with CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Experience working with youth in a volunteer, staff, or professional capacity
  • Science, history, recreation, teaching, or similar interest
  • Special skills (music, singing, storytelling, group dynamics, and games) helpful​
  • Must be comfortable living and working in the outdoors including tent camping and hiking over rugged terrain
  • Energetic, dedicated, & able to become involved in all aspects of the program
  • Self-starter, ability to take initiative and without direct supervision sometimes during stressful situations
  • Willing to ask questions and learn new things


  • Get Catamount Institute shirts and gear, free meals and lodging for overnights, and prepaid adventure like rock climbing, caving, backpacking, and more
  • Training and development including child development and psychology, student behavior management, relevant laws, and teaching skills
  • We will pay for you to receive your CPR/First Aid Certification if you do not already have it
  • Build up your resume and experience with mentorship from Summer Fellows and Full-time Catamount staff
  • Become a better naturalist
  • Guide Interns volunteering over 400 hours in a summer will be awarded a $1,500 length-of-service award in the form of two installments at the end of June and July