Appalachian Expeditions acknowledges that systematic oppression has made it difficult for people of color and other marginalized communities to access the outdoors. As a member of the outdoor industry, we want to create a more inclusive environment and make it easier for all people to get outside. We believe that the natural world is inherent in our identities and essential to who we are as humans, no matter where we come from or what we look like. For this reason, this apprenticeship program is open to people of color, people in the LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalized groups.
The Apprenticeship begins with the Training Trip May 8-14 and is followed by field work from June 26-August 26 (with days off and breaks in between programs). Housing will be provided prior from May 7th-August 31
Throughout the course of this contract, the apprentice will serve three distinct roles, outlined below.
The apprenticeship will begin with a seven-day Training Trip. On this trip we will backpack and/or canoe through the Cheat River watershed while teaching our foundational curriculum involving leadership, wilderness, and environmental ethics. This Training Trip runs May 8-14, 2023 and sets the stage for teaching these skills to our participants. Throughout this trip, the apprentice’s role will be to learn and practice the curriculum, systems, and ideologies that are the focus of APEX.
After the Training Trip, we will begin our programming season. Here, the apprentice will work as part of an experienced instructor team. They will teach wilderness skills, leadership lessons, and other classes that they will have seen taught on the Training Trip. Additionally, they will be involved in planning logistics, making risk management decisions in the field, and participate as a member and leader of the group in games, activities, and lessons. In essence the apprentice will help to create a transformative and unforgettable experience for the participants.
Lastly, the apprentice will develop their own leadership and teaching styles through small assignments, discussions, and feedback sessions. The goal is to help the apprentice grow into a leader within the outdoor industry. The Apprentice will participate in our culture of feedback by supporting APEX’s initiatives to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment and by providing perspectives, ideas, and programmatic feedback.
Person of color, member of the LGBTQIA+ community, or a member of another marginalized group
Ages 21 and up
Affinity for the outdoors. You must enjoy being outside for extended periods. Our longest program is two weeks in length, during that time apprentices will be backpacking and/or camping on the river and will have limited access to frontcountry amenities (i.e. flushing toilets, cell service).
A desire to teach. This is an outdoor education apprenticeship. We are looking for someone who is e
About Appalachian Expeditions
Appalachian Expeditions is an outdoor education program based in Davis, West Virginia. We are centrally located between Pittsburgh (3 hours), Baltimore (3.5 hours), and Washington DC (3 hours). Our mission is to educate and inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Central Appalachian region through adventure, community, and sustainable living skills. APEX runs two types of programs: Front country day camps for kids ages 5-8 and 9-13. And backcountry expeditions ranging from three days to two weeks. These trips may include any of the following activities: backpacking, canoeing, rafting, biking (mountain and/or gravel), and caving.