Cottonwood Canyons Foundation

Summer Naturalist Intern

Position Description:

  • Application Deadline: April 7, 2022
  • Anticipated Start Date: late May
  • Anticipated End Date: August
  • Hours/Week: 24 hours/week
  • Work Schedule: Naturalist Interns will be required to work 24 hours per week, generally in three 8-hour shifts. Various schedules will be available to prospective hires, but all schedules will include either some weekend or evening shifts. Interns can schedule up to two weeks off in the summer.
  • Work Location:  Cottonwood Canyons
  • Compensation from host organization: This is a paid position. Exact amount determined by experience.

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • Biology major or similar or participation in a natural resource program of study


Summer Naturalist Interns with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation will provide interpretive education in diverse settings in the Cottonwood Canyons. This position is excellent for those with a passion for ecology, education, conservation, and those who enjoy working outdoors.

Cottonwood Canyons Naturalist Interns will provide interpretive guide services to visitors at the Silver Lake Visitor Center and trail network, Brighton, Spruces Campground, and Albion Basin. Naturalists’ responsibilities will include hosting guided nature tours and hikes, hosting educational campfire programs, staffing the Silver Lake Visitor’s Center and Albion Basin camping areas, and some trail maintenance. Audiences will range from young children to adults and may include school groups, families, and individual visitors.

Naturalist Interns will act as ambassadors for the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Interpretive naturalist training and curricula will be provided, and Naturalist Interns will have access to teaching aids including animal bones & tracks, pinned insects, etc. Naturalist Interns will have ample opportunities to explore the trail networks to which they are assigned.


  • Ideal candidates will have a background in biological or environmental science and a passion for education and interpretation.
  • Candidates should feel comfortable speaking to an audience of visitors, and ideal candidates will be able to present educational information in an entertaining and engaging manner.
  • Candidates must be punctual, responsible, and able to work autonomously.
  • Candidates should be prepared to work full shifts outdoors and be comfortable standing, walking, or hiking for long periods of time.
  • Candidates should be able to hike and monitor moderate-difficult trails on a daily basis.
  • Candidates must have personal transportation available and be able to access Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.
  • The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation is a drug-free workplace. Candidates must be willing to submit to and pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

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