Program Description: 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. Most work with students is done Monday through Thursday, with training and classroom visits reserved for Fridays. The hours per day vary depending on the type of program we are providing. The weekends provide opportunities to explore the outdoor recreation opportunities on Casper Mountain and around the state of Wyoming.
Intern Training: Interns receive two weeks of training at the beginning of their internship. The initial training focuses on classroom management and student supervision strategies, the local ecology, CMSP and NCSD procedures, 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 at the end of February. Onsite housing is provided. Interns share communal living spaces. Bedrooms are shared with one or two co-workers, dormitory style. Many communal living areas also serve as our classroom space. Food will be provided to interns when students stay overnight (about ¼ of the time).