Employment and Internships

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Below are some of the jobs and projects students have been recently hired to do. 
Check Handshake for employment opportunities throughout the year!


Student employment job description

Creative Assistant Producer

Project Assistant/Student Researcher

"I started working with the State of the Rockies this summer as a research assistant for Professor Kat Miller-Stevens, Visiting Professor Mark Eiswerth and designing the digital magazine—Anthropogenic. What I love about the SOTR is teamwork and a collaborative approach to many things. I'm a huge fan of brainstorming ideas and coming to a conclusion as a team. So working at a place that has the same work philosophy and having fun at the same time, it's something that I would do over and over again." —  Samwel Makyao '25 (from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania),  Computer Science major

Social Media Assistant Producer

Social Media Assistant Producers work as a team to create and produce promotional materials for the State of the Rockies to increase campus and larger community participation in program events, research, and projects.

This position is open to all students. All majors are welcome. Hiring for this position typically occurs in the fall semester.

Job description:

The State of the Rockies Project is looking for students to help promote and publicize our program activities, projects, and events.  Help us increase community participation on and off campus via social media platforms by promoting the cool things students and faculty are doing on a Rockies project, in a class or events, workshops, etc. You will create and follow to complete the production of printed materials, social media campaigns, web pages, and other promotional pieces for The State of the Rockies’ annual events, contests, and other projects. 

This position is ideal for students with a background in art or design and journalism who share an interest in conservation and the environmental impacts of human activity. Demonstrated interest in both preferred.

Position is 5-10 hours/week depending on the project.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Studio art, design, web design, photography, or photo editor competency
  • Social media publishing experience
  • Interest in finding balance between human activity and the impact of human activity on the environment

Essential Duties: Design and produce promotional materials and campaigns.

Learning Competencies:

  • Work Ethic
  • Time Management
  • Work Quality
  • Initiative
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Problem-Solving
  • Analysis
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Appreciation of Diversity
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork


POSITIONS ARE STILL OPEN!  CHECK OUT HANDSHAKE! Please email chines@coloradocollege.edu for more information. 

Waldo Canyon Fire

Student Assistant Research Ecologist 

Waldo canyon fire retrospect student research assistant job poster

This summer, conduct a 20-year retrospect of the Waldo Canyon Fire.


Get paid to explore questions such as

  • Will Ponderosa pine go extinct in some of the most severely burned forests?
  • What species are coming returning?
  • What does their presence or absence mean from a socio-ecological perspective?

Waldo Canyon Fire

Student Artist-in-Residence 

waldo canyon fire retrospect student artist in residence job poster

Venture into Waldo Canyon field sites to document scenes of forest and riparian regeneration.


Use your artistic storytelling and skills to communicate research questions such as

  • What differences can we see among different Waldo Canyon burn sites?
  • Which sites seem more favorable to Ponderosa pine recovery? Why?
  • Which sites offer favorable butterfly habitats? Why?
  • What predictions and recommendations can we make about the future of these forests based on this study?

GIS Assistant

Student GIS Research Assistant 

Dark Skies Public Lands student GIS research assistant job poster

Work on GIS projects with the Dark Skies and Public Lands Visitors project interns, and create a GIS story map of the annual Conservation in the West poll data.


Interested in learning about Western forest wildfires? Dark sky conservation? Public land use? Policy and public opinion? Want to sharpen your GIS and research skills? Become a data scientist or GIS professional? Want to apply your GIS skills and curiosity about environmental issues to relevant and timely climate-based research?

Public Lands & Dark Skies Phase II

Dark Skies Public Lands Student Researcher 

dark skies and public lands student researcher job poster

The team will use Conservation in the West Poll-based interview questions created by the 2023 project team to build on summer 2022 survey results.


Passionate about the outdoors? Care about protecting our public lands? Think Dark Skies are a conservation concern? Interested in antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues?

Adventurous Spirit Films Project

Director/Writer/Producer + Director of Photography

Seniors interested in film

Deadline to apply is MARCH 17 at 11:59 PM.

This summer, put your screenwriting, cinematography, directing, and production skills into action.

The State of the Rockies Adventurous Spirit Film project is hiring seniors with significant coursework and filmmaking experience to drive the creative process while mentoring sophomore and junior class student screenwriters and film producers. Work as a team to communicate progress to the executive producer (alumni mentor).

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