Environmental Education Fellow (Heather Campbell Chaney Fellowship)


Catamount Institute


Colorado Springs, CO



Billy Kinn

The HCCF is granted  in memory of Heather Campbell Chaney, a teacher and naturalist who passed away in 2001 while working with Catamount Institute and Palmer Land Trust. For each summer since her death, Heather’s family has awarded this fellowship to a summer staff member at Catamount Institute in memory of Heather as a way of letting her passion live on, for bringing a strong environmental ethic to our region’s youth. 


  • Co-lead a comprehensive, age appropriate camp experience for children between the ages of 6 -15 at camps ranging from half-day to week long residential experiences​
  • Prepare for and teach activities and lessons as assigned, including lesson review, learning background information, and supply acquisition
  • Generate original lesson plans to teach several times over the summer
  • Planning and attending staff meetings, planning sessions, and trainings
  • Update HCCEF social media pages
  • Maintain contact with the Campbell family throughout the summer
  • Maintain contact with the network of former HCCF fellows
  • Write a reflection letter at the end of the season for Catamount Institute and the Campbell Family
  • Know, follow, and enforce all safety guidelines associated with camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for campers safety and knowing their whereabouts at all times
  • Identify and respond to campers behavioral issues or emotional needs. Notify camp director of concerns
  • Have flexibility in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in camp responsibilities
  • Mentor Summer Guide Interns and Volunteers
  • Transport students as needed in CI supplied vehicles (15 passenger vans), must be eligible to be covered by CI driving insurance, clean driving record required.



  • College junior, senior, or bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with youth in the outdoors in a volunteer, staff, or professional capacity
  • Must be comfortable living and working in the outdoors including tent camping and hiking over rugged terrain
  • Preference given to applicants with advanced outdoor skills like backpacking, rock-climbing, map and compass navigation or similar abilities
  • Special skills (music, singing, storytelling, group dynamics, and games) helpful
  • Willing to ask questions and learn new things
  • Energetic, dedicated, & able to become involved in all aspects of the program
  • Science, History, or Recreation background helpful but NOT required
  • Current first aid and CPR certifications are required, preference given to candidates with higher certifications: WFA, WFR, Wilderness EMT, etc…
  • Insurable to drive our 15 passenger van, clean driving record required
  • Self-starter, ability to take initiative and without direct supervision, sometimes during stressful situations

Please note:

You must have housing in the Colorado Springs area. 

You must be available to work Tuesday, May 30th – Tuesday, August 15th with weekends and a week off (July 3rd-7th) off. 


What you should expect

  • Settings ranging from urban park to deep wilderness
  • Work, play, and sometimes live with students ages 6-15
  • Work-weeks at camp run Monday-Friday
  • Camps range from half-day programs in town to residential, overnight camps in wilderness cabins, backpacking, and tent camp outs
  • Mandatory staff training begins after Memorial Day and runs Tuesday-Friday. Thursday-Friday of the training week is an overnight camping trip
  • Camps typically end by the second week of August each summer as schools start up again



  • Summer Pay - $6350
  • Build your resume through leadership, teaching, and science skills.
  • Catamount Institute Staff Gear
  • Climbing, Rafting, and more