Rocky's Teacher in Residence Program

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The Teacher in Residence program provides opportunities for teachers to have rich work experiences in a national park. Teachers return to the classroom and share their experiences and knowledge of these American treasures with children while national park education curriculum benefits from their expertise.

Program Background
Teachers in Residence spend 2 weeks working alongside the Education and Outreach team at Rocky Mountain National Park primarily focusing on field trip curriculum.

During the school year, teachers bring their students on field trips to RMNP as well as invite Education Rangers into their classrooms to connect their students to their National Parks.

Dates of Service

Negotiable: 2 weeks from June - August*
*Commitment is forty hours per week for 2consecutive weeks

To Teachers:

  • Obtain a wide range of new knowledge and skills by working with park staff and partners
  • Enhance their curriculum in multiple content areas
  • Gain access to a wide array of teaching resources and tools
  • : Volunteer uniform hat and shirt provided
  • Stipend upon residency completion: $800

To Schoolchildren:

  • Provide an opportunity to connect to their nation's heritage in new and creative ways
  • Learn about volunteering and employment with the National Park Service
  • Receive new tools and resources for exploring natural and cultural history

To Rocky Mountain National Park:

  • Reach new or under-served audiences
  • Build a network of enthusiastic, knowledgeable educators who are able to teach their students and colleagues about National Parks
  • Enrich the park visitor experience and the education program through the expertise and programming offered by the Teacher in Residence

Rocky Mountain National Park seeks teachers of exceptional ability who think and act creatively, have demonstrated communication and problem solving skills, and are fully computer literate.

Candidates must be dedicated to and experienced with learner-centered education with children.

The 2021 program is open only to teachers in the local commuting area who attend or are able to attend RMNP ranger led field trips with their classrooms.
Duties & Responsibilities
Each teacher will review and create or overhaul content stations for existing or potential field trips to RMNP. Complete reviews will include: grade level standards alignment, grade level appropriateness, activities, and content. Ideally, program outlines will be updated and new, interactive, hands-on activities for the learning stations that best build off of classroom learning will be developed.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a letter of intent by email.

Application Deadline: Positions are open until filled.

Email application to: Katie Phillips RMNP Education Program Manager

More Information
For more information contact the Education and Outreach Office, via e-mail or by phone (970-586-1338).

Last updated: February 12, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park , CO 80517


970 586-1206
The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily in summer; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays in winter. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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