We are hiring a full-time Program Facilitator in Tahoe. During the academic year, the Program Facilitator works in the classroom in our partner schools, North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City, CA and Truckee High School in Truckee, CA, and runs weekend outdoor trips. During the summer, the Program Facilitator works as an Instructor to deliver 34-day or 11-day wilderness experiences (4-8 day backpacking trips) interwoven with intensive literacy & leadership components (English & science classes, writing workshops, & facilitated community conversations). Applicants must live in, or be willing to relocate to, the North Tahoe/Reno region. This position will begin on August 26. Our ideal candidate will have interest, capacity, and experience to work year-round in both roles (Academic Year Facilitator and Summer Instructor), but all interested individuals are encouraged to apply.

● Facilitate first-year (9th grade) cohort(s) each week, implementing ARC’s integrated leadership,
literacy, and outdoor curriculum and support the implementation of second and third-year
● Support the planning and implementation of up to ten weekend day or overnight outdoor trips
throughout the school year, including driving students to and from trips in SUVs or minivans.
● Support the planning and implementation of all events, including family and community engagement
● Create a safe, open, and inclusive culture for students and staff and work in a highly collaborative
● Mentor students individually throughout the year.
● Support recruitment for ARC summer courses.
● Ensure all protocol and risk management guidelines are adhered to during ARC program activities.

● Lead backpacking expeditions and basecamps following rigorous daily schedules.
● Teach backcountry outdoor living skills.
● Manage student safety in front and backcountry course environments.

Tagged as: Teaching/Education


● Has strong interpersonal skills and can connect effectively with high school aged youth, parents, school administrators, and community members.
● Has experience facilitating, teaching, tutoring, or coaching youth development and has self-awareness to responsibly lead conversations about identity, including race and gender, in demographically mixed groups.
● Is excited about mentoring youth using a strengths-based approach.

Required Skills:

● Has experience or is interested in learning outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, kayaking and rafting, and snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding.
● Has bilingual proficiency in Spanish and English.
● Has a commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
● Is flexible and adaptable under changing circumstances.

Preferred Skills:

● Is able to work well in a team and also independently.
● Has strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
● Has computer skills with proficiency in the Google suite and the ability to learn to use database and reporting tools.
● Is able to work effectively in a variety of settings including in a classroom, remotely in a home office, and in the outdoors.

About Adventure Risk Challenge

ABOUT US: Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) is a youth development non-profit founded in 2004. Our programming engages high school youth in Tahoe-Truckee and the Central Valley whose identities are underrepresented in the outdoors and higher education, especially first generation and English language learning students. We have four main goals: to support students in developing literacy skills (writing, reading, and public speaking), positive relationships, leadership skills, and outdoor experiences and connection.

Application Instructions

If you are excited about this job description, we encourage you to apply even if you don't feel that you meet every single requirement. Candidates who are from communities underrepresented in the outdoor education field are especially encouraged to apply. Please email your resume, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Mel Hoffman at [email protected]. We encourage you to apply by July 29 and we will review applications on a rolling basis.