Youth Education Program Field Instructor

Job Description

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. YEP uses an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings, making learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains! School-year programming at YEP consists of day programs for students K-12 throughout the greater Denver area.  Programs take place at the American Mountaineering Center, in schools, and at outdoor field locations.


  • Facilitate a safe, positive, cooperative, and fun group environment with youth ages K-12
  • Create daily lesson plans as needed and lead activities in the following topics: teambuilding, earth science, indoor and outdoor climbing, outdoor discovery, natural/environmental science, and survival skills.
  • Meet & greet small and large groups of students with chaperones.
  • Participate in the safety and well-being of youth participants on multi-day educational courses and classes.
  • Understand and follow all YEP risk management and safety procedures.
  • Instruct and coach students in climbing concepts including belaying, knot tying, rappelling, back-up systems, equipment use and technique.
  • Assist with set up and break down of technical rock climbing systems as needed.
  • Prepare, clean-up and inventory equipment and materials daily as needed.
  • General admin duties as needed.
  • Provide direction to YEP volunteers and interns.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching environmental education and/or adventure education. 
  • Institutional and/or personal rock climbing experience.
  • Strong communication skills-- able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Sense of humor, ability to relate to children and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Submit a criminal background check.
  • Able to carry loads up to 40 pounds.
  • First Aid and CPR.
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden each day.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid / Wilderness First Responder.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the area of natural science, outdoor recreation/education or related field.
  • Experience leading overnight trips.
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification.

Hours and expectations:

  • Position is seasonal, part-time. 5-30 hours per week depending on availability and program need.
  • Typical work day is 6 hours. Classes vary from 4- 8 hours/day.
  • Occasional overnight trips.
  • Pay is $12-$14 per hour DOE.
  • Access to Pro-deals
  • For any new curriculum prep - maximum of 2 hours of training and 1 hour of personal prep will be paid.
  • Offices in the historic American Mountaineering Center (also home to the American Alpine Club, American Mountaineering Museum, and other outdoor-focused non-profits).  Within walking distance of downtown Golden, Clear Creek, trails, restaurants, and other amenities


To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to [email protected]

Application Closing Date: 
September 7, 2019, or when filled
Application Contact Email: 
Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Golden, CO
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
High school
Job Starting Date: 
As soon as filled

Job Details

Job Details: 
Adventure Course
Environmental Education Program/Center
Experiential Education
Nature Center
Outdoor Education Center
Outdoor Skills School
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