Position Summary Overview: The Experiential Education department helps support and enhance Albuquerque Academy’s rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and outdoor education trips are required for students in grades 6-9. Experiential Education Faculty work as part of a dynamic and fast-paced team to logistically prepare for all trips, design trip itineraries, administer permits, and communicate with parents and the community. Faculty all have solid experience and competence in the backcountry, have exemplified managing group dynamics and relevant risks, and enjoy working with this age group.

Contractual field instructors are hired during high-volume trip times. We are looking for contractors for 1-5 day backcountry trips with 6-9th graders. We also have some day trips that focus on canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

-Assisting Ex Ed faculty on 1 to 5 day wilderness-based expeditions for groups of approximately 12 students.
-Driving vehicle and trailer to trailhead.
-Teaching and facilitating outdoor living skills, navigation and route finding, natural history, relevant technical skills, risk awareness and management, and self-care.
-Group and risk management.
-Supporting overall trip, including, if necessary: evacuations, parent communications, familiarizing oneself with emergency procedures, route familiarity, communications with co-leader and students.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


-A desire to lead wilderness-based trips; personal or professional wilderness trip experience.
-Competent in outdoor living skills.
-Competent in navigation; experience with on and off-trail travel.
-Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
-Clean driving record (minimum age 21).
-Effective communicator.
-Competent in backcountry-based risk management and student management.
- Competent in canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing, if applicable.

About Albuquerque Academy Experiential Education Dept

Long known as “Ex Ed,” outdoor education at Albuquerque Academy includes programming in adventure, environmental, and wilderness education, as well as leadership development. “Ex Ed” is mandatory for students in grades six through nine, and takes place on Academy lands and wilderness areas throughout New Mexico and the Four Corners region. Classroom-based courses with field components are optional for students in grades 10-12.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume (including the contact information for three references) to Danielle Formosa: [email protected] Phone and/or Skype interviews will be arranged for qualified applicants. Competitive salary and gas compensation in-line with the industry.