Educational Fellowships

Gain Professional Experience You’ll Never Forget

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy facilitates several annually sponsored educational fellowships including the Olson Family Fellowship and the Bailey Education Fellowship. All fellowships include housing, a stipend and the unforgettable experience of working in a premier national park.


About the Fellowships

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy seeks fellows of exceptional ability for the Olson Family Fellowship and the Bailey Education Fellowship. In 2006, the Olson family of Boulder, Colorado, began funding this fellowship to enable students and recent graduates to serve in a national park while exploring career options in environmental education and the nonprofit sectors. In 2013, another family trust, the Bailey Family Trust, began providing funds for a second fellow to assist the Field Institute program during the summer/fall term.

This is a unique, entry-level position with the National Park Service and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, a supporting, nonprofit organization.

Fellowship Terms Winter/Spring: January – May Summer/Fall: June – December
Available Positions 1 winter/spring, 3 summer/fall Fellows
Applications Deadline Open until filled


It is recommended that the candidate be actively pursuing or have already completed a degree program in environmental education, interpretation, education, general education or natural resources. In addition, experience volunteering or working with nonprofit organizations and an interest in public relations and/or marketing is desired.

Living Allowance

$900/month living allowance plus housing near Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).


The education fellows assist on a 40-hour week, with time occasionally divided between RMNP and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. The fellowship schedule with both organizations is somewhat flexible and depends upon projects and program reservations by visiting groups.

Required Skills

  • Dedication to child-centered education with the ability to lead adult audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act creatively
  • Adept communication skills —both speaking and writing – for diverse audiences and using various mediums required
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to organize ideas and information
  • Demonstrated ability to be responsible, flexible and independent with assignments and duties
  • Computer experience with Power Point and desktop publishing preferred
  • Enthusiasm, a warm disposition, and the ability to handle the stresses of children and young people in stride


  • Develop and lead winter interactive youth and school group nature activities and programs
  • Assist with program development, planning and implementation for the Field Institute program
  • Complete projects that may include advertising, basic marketing, graphic design and/or custom program requests
  • Teach nature-based programs to diverse audiences (e.g., K-12 students, youth/adult outreach groups)
  • Schedule and present informational programs about educational opportunities at RMNP
  • Assist in leading teacher education workshops
  • Draft press releases and feature articles
  • Drive and or ride in a government-owned vehicle, as well as an Field Institute-owned bus/van

If completing the fellowship as an internship for a degree program, the candidate will work with RMNP and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy supervisors and an academic advisor to construct and meet all identified goals.