Youth Program Staff

We hire enthusiastic science educators who love working with children in the outdoors! Each staff person must pass a background check as well as have First Aid and CPR certifications. Our youth program team is trained not only in safely managing groups in the outdoors, but in how to engage children in both fun and meaningful field science learning experiences.  Staff are typically hired after already having experience as teachers and guides for youth in a variety of camps, schools or non-profit organizations.  If you are interested in applying to be a youth program instructor for Summer 2018, please contact Ann Colbert, Youth Program Manager, ann@rmbl.org.

Meet Our Summer 2017 Youth Program Instructors:

 

Arthur Philipson
Hometown: Vero Beach, FL
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: BS Chemistry, Minor in Secondary Education
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?  The ability to fly would be really awesome!
Favorite Animal: Brown Pelican
Favorite Insect: Hornworm Moth
Favorite Plant: Mariposa Lily
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Commonly Seen: At the local skate park, riding a bike, or volunteering at the Gunnison Valley Observatory
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? Happy to spend my second summer with RMBL in Gothic

 

Becca Pavlik
Hometown: Stratford, Connecticut
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: BS Applied Mathematics
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? The ability to talk to animals OR the ability to dunk a basketball on a 10 foot hoop.
Favorite Animal: Red Panda
Favorite Insect: Firefly
Favorite Plant: Partridge Berry
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  Chunky Monkey
Commonly Seen: Hiking, Mountain biking, Traveling on road trips, Being silly, and eating snacks while doing all of the above.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?  This will be my 2nd

 

Flynn Guerrieri
Hometown: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: Currently in the process of finishing my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with minor in Political Science and an emphasis in Culturally Linguistic Diverse teaching at Western State!
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?: I would want to be a Shapeshifter!
Favorite Animal: Manatee
Favorite Insect: Dragonfly
Favorite Plant: Indian Paintbrush
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cherry Garcia
Commonly Seen: Swimming, hiking, climbing, or eating way too many S’mores.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? This will be my first year spent with RMBL!

 

Gillian Rossi
Hometown: Marietta, Ohio (oldest settlement in the Northwest Territory!)
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: B.A. in Environmental Studies (Hendrix College), Master in Environmental Management (Western State Colorado University), Leave No Trace Master Educator, Wilderness First Responder
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? The ability to know what cats are thinking.
Favorite Animal: Great Horned Owl
Favorite Insect: Dung Beetle
Favorite Plant: Lavender
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Moose Tracks with LOTS of fudge
Commonly Seen: Promoting Mountain Manners and playing outside
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? This will be my first summer!

 

Jessica Forbes
Hometown: Burlington, VT
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: BS Biology, Minor Creative Writing, Wilderness First Responder
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? Every time you encountered me your day would get better and/or Chancellor of smiles
Favorite Animal: Elephant
Favorite Insect: Damselfly
Favorite Plant: Daffodil
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate chip cookie dough
Commonly Seen: At the yoga coop and running around town
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? Excited to spend my first summer with you!

 

Katie Hill Renga
Hometown: Eggleston, VA – a town of 300 outside Blacksburg
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: B.S. Wildlife Biology, M.Ed. Place-Based Education
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?  The ability to change size and explore the workings of the world, alla Ms. Frizzle
Favorite Animal: Grizzly
Favorite Insect: Dragonfly nymph
Favorite Plant: Fireweed
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate with peanut butter swirl
Commonly Seen: At the park or river with my two young kiddos
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? This will be my first summer at the magical RMBL!

 

Monika Decker
Hometown: Menlo Park, California (Bay Area)
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: BA in Atmospheric Science from UC Berkeley
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? Be able to breathe underwater and swim at any depth!
Favorite Animal: Octopus
Favorite Insect: Butterfly
Favorite Plant: Giant Sequoia
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate
Commonly Seen: Hiking and backpacking through the wilderness
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?: This will be my first summer and I’m stoked!

 

Shay Hlavaty
Hometown: Lubbock, TX, but I’ve been moving around the country since 2012
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: BS of Environmental Conservation, Texas Tech University; MS Environmental Management, Western State Colorado University.
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool/invention/object, what would it be? I’d want to transform into any animal at any moment
Favorite Animal: I can’t choose one… I love marmots, coatimundis, foxes, whales, and manatees
Favorite Insect: Firefly
Favorite Plant: Sassafras
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Non-dairy cowboy coffee from Third Bowl
Commonly Seen: By a river with my dog reading a book or hiking
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? One, I taught last summer!

 

Zoe Smith
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise:  BS Environmental Biology, Minor Outdoor Education and Leadership, Wilderness First Responder If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool/invention/object, what would it be? Aquatic Respiration. However, I’ve always thought it would be awesome to have the ability to walk into any grocery store and know where everything is.
Favorite Animal: Mountain Goat
Favorite Insect: Giant salmonfly
Favorite Plant: Succulents! I’ve recently started succulent propagation. Let me know if you would like any cuttings!
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Hokey Pokey
Commonly Seen: Riding my mountain bike, fly-fishing, or waiting tables at the Ginger Cafe.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? I’m excited to come back for my second year at RMBL!

 

Ann Colbert
Hometown: Denver, Colorad
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: B.S. Natural Resources/Environmental Interpretation from Colorado State University and M.A. Teaching from Colorado College, Wilderness First Responder
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?  Tigger Power – to be able to bounce from mountain tops to valley bottoms and back to mountain tops again.   
Favorite Animal: Morgan horses, black bears, snowshoe hares, and all members of the family Mustelidae especially weasels, otters and badgers.  I also like long neck dinosaurs and pocket gophers.
Favorite Insect: Leafcutter bees and lady bugs
Favorite Plant: Alpine forget-me-nots, Parry’s primrose, fireweed and aspen trees
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Dulce de leche and chili chocolate cherry
Commonly Seen: Hugging horses, climbing mountains, cross-country skiing and swimming in hotsprings.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? This will be my third!!!