Summer Educator-in-Training Volunteer

Hallam Lake & Rock Bottom Ranch

ABOUT ACES Kids Summer Programs: 

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers week-long summer programs for nine weeks in the summer running from mid-June to mid-August. Our daily hours of operation for programs are 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday-Friday. We have a weekly parent party on Friday at 3:00pm. Our program offerings are broken up by age, typically 5-6yrs, 7-8yrs, 9-12yrs, 11-14yrs. Please visit our website at for a full listing of program descriptions.

ACES Educator-in-Training (E-I-T) Volunteer Program:

ACES E-I-T program offers the opportunity to individuals ages 14 through 18 to assist ACES Educators in teaching our week-long summer programs, developing their experience working with children, and outdoor leadership skills. Throughout the summer, ACES E-I-T volunteers will be paired with an ACES educator. ACES E-I-T volunteers will assist ACES Educators with all aspects of our program responsibilities and activities, ranging from hiking to arts and crafts to science experiments and more. Each week is different and will provide diverse experiences for the volunteer. This opportunity is perfect for teens who are looking for volunteering in a fun and educational setting with children, especially those who may have "graduated" from ACES programs or are interested in the field of environmental education. ACES E-I-T volunteers will receive official acknowledgement of their volunteer hours at the end of their service.

Location & Facilities:

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has two main field study center locations where we offer Summer kids NFS Programs. ACES at Hallam Lake in Aspen, CO, and ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, CO. ACES E-I-T volunteers have the choice to volunteer at one or both sites.

Basic Requirements for ACES Educator-in-Training (E-I-T) Volunteer Program:

Must be at least 14 years of age as of June 11, 2018, and younger than 19 years of age.

Required to volunteer for at least one full week, Monday-Friday, 9AM - 4PM (multiple weeks available).

Must bring your own snack and lunch, and pack for adventure: cellphone, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water, closed-toed shoes, extra layers, and rain jacket.

 • Must assist ACES Educators with daily management of class with a postitive, friendly attitude.
 • Must be reliable, comfortable with being outside for up to 6 hours a day, and a confident hiker.
Must attend a training session (selected dates TBD) regarding general program policies, safety procedures, and introduction to leadership skills before their scheduled week to volunteer.

Will receive official acknowledgement of their volunteer hours at the end of their service.

Please contact Phebe Meyers, ACES Naturalist Field School Manager at pmeyers@aspennature.org
 if you are interested for an application