Resident Wilderness Field Instructor
Do you believe in the power of wild places?
Nestled in the heart of Appalachia lies Experience Learning, a 400-acre high preserve located just below the base of the highest mountain in West Virginia, Spruce Knob. Are you ready to return to the way forests were meant to be – WILD. With minimal trail systems and a million acres of National Forest, instructors will lead participants on adventures they never knew possible. Become a part of our WILD team and provide others the opportunity to unplug and get back outside into their natural world.
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Beyond the classroom education is at the core of Experience Learning programs. We believe providing students collaborative learning opportunities through real outdoor adventure to be one of the best ways to build confidence and discover potential. Engage. Discover. Connect.
Engage – Every program focuses on engaging participants in meaningful ways. This enables participants to share responsibility while giving them opportunities to develop leadership and decision-making skills.
Discover – Authentic opportunities are integral to our programs. These allow for discovering ones own potential, interests, new skills and knowledge, and the wonders of the natural world.
Connect – Meaningful experiences are based on connections. In a world where it is easy to plug-in to a global world, we emphasize the importance of an unplugged world; one that focuses on connections to one another and the natural world.
The Ideal Resident Field Instructor is:
A Jack or Jill-of-all-Trades with a strong work ethic and keen judgment. Their primary responsibility is to lead high quality education and adventure based experiential education courses in remote and challenging settings. While living and working on site, instructors will also assist with program and rental support in an “on-call” role and with the upkeep of a 400-acre facility that includes multiple buildings, a fleet of vehicles, farm animals, fields, and woodlands.
- Teach and lead groups in the outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and on uneven terrain
- Lead 1-8 day residential and field based programs in challenging settings that include hiking, canoeing, stewardship activities, orienteering, caving, backpacking, and climbing components
- Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for students and guests
- Prepare and deliver hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based lessons in a remote outdoor setting for both day and evening programs
- Facilitate team and community building activities within groups
- Implement and model excellent risk management strategies and administer first aid as needed
- Prepare facilities and gear before trips and clean facilities and gear at the end of trips
Program/Rental Support (25%)
- Prepare and cook meals for visiting schools and rental groups under the supervision of the Kitchen Manager.
- Maintain a professional demeanor while interacting with groups and guests
- Be on the rotating “on-call” schedule (during on-call weeks, Resident Instructors serve as the primary liaison for schools, events, and other facility guests)
- Assist with facility upkeep as needed, including basic carpentry, repairs, road and vehicle maintenance, animal husbandry, landscaping, and general troubleshooting
The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications:
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification (not required but preferred, WFR certification is available on-site 19-27 August 2020)
- Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications required (WFA certification is available on-site 28/29 March 2020)
- Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to change gears between varied tasks
- Teaching experience, either formal or informal
- Ability to confidently lead groups in a remote outdoor setting
- Desire to teach and work with young people from varying social and economic backgrounds
- Working knowledge of the natural sciences
- Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather
- Desire to be an ambassador for Experience Learning and mountain ecosystems in general
- Valid driver’s license
- Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends
- Positive attitude and unassailable work ethic
- Desire to live in a remote place with an outstanding community of outdoor professionals and to work hard to make positive change in our world
Employee Perks and Benefits:
- Meals during programming
- Social Security match (7.65% of gross salary)
- Temporary or seasonal employees with a contract of more than 130 days will accrue one day per month and up to a maximum of five days of paid time off.
- Accrue one sick day per month worked
- $3 per work day contract completion bonus at the end of the season
- Opportunities for organizational advancement
- Access to company pro deals