Backpacking Instructor

Job Description

University of Puget Sound


Backpacking Instructor


Job ID: 3852


Location: Athletics


Full/Part Time: Part-Time


Appointment: Instructor for backpacking course in the Physical Education, Athletics, Recreation Department. Fall Semester 2017. Course is PE 132 and the schedule is Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.




This position combines evening classroom time and leading overnight backpacking adventures in the Pacific Northwest for up to 14 students. The course typically covers such topics as proper equipment and preparation, the basics of camping, cooking in the outdoors, safety, navigation and wilderness ethics. The primary emphasis of the course is to prepare students to lead trips on their own and to promote a lifetime enjoyment of the natural environment through hiking and backpacking.




• At least 3 years of experience leading overnight groups in the backcountry

• Strong background in outdoor leadership skills

• Experience teaching and ability to present outdoor related curriculum in the classroom setting

• WFA required, WFR preferred

• Valid driver license and clean driving record

• Experience backpacking in the PNW preferred but not required

• First Aid and CPR certifications

• Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community


Compensation and Benefits:


Rank: Instructor


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


About Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities.


Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.


Required Documents:


Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.


• Curriculum vitae

• Letter of Interest


All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.


Diversity Statement


• We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.

• We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.

• We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.


Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:


The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.


How to Apply


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About Puget Sound


Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.


As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA




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