WHY WORK FOR CFI?
Canyonlands Field Institute provides quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau to inspire care of wild
places and renew the human spirit. We believe in empowering students of all ages and backgrounds to deepen
their connection to their surroundings. Through inclusive educational experiences, CFI seeks to build knowledge
within practices of science, artistic expression, and Social and Emotional Learning. We are creating a team of
educators with diverse life experiences who are committed to providing opportunities for all types of learners. By
joining our educational community, you can help us promote the growth of caring leaders and empowered
students who can effect positive change in our world.
PURPOSE OF POSITION
As a key member of the field instructor team, Apprentice Naturalist Educators strive for excellence in the delivery
of educational programs, both on land and river, in line with the strategic goals, mission, vision, and values of
Canyonlands Field Institute.
This Apprentice Naturalist Educator training program is an entry level position for outdoor educators beginning
their career of connecting people to, and fostering care for, the natural environment. Based in Moab, Utah, the 11-
week apprenticeship focuses on teaching school and youth groups at our Professor Valley Field Camp. Apprentices
learn research-supported teaching practices, to coach Social Emotional Learning and to promote Equity and
Inclusion at CFI.
Technical training includes:
– river running and whitewater skills
– risk management
– trip and outfitting logistics
– vehicle and trailer handling
– camp cooking
– equipment maintenance
PAY AND HOUSING:
Apprentices will receive a $600 stipend for four weeks of training/shadowing moving to $10/hr salaried at 40
hrs/week until October 29th.
Main areas of focus:
o 70% Teaching and Guiding
o 20% Support Staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, driving, cooking, rigging and de-rigging trips,
gear maintenance, and completion of manual labor tasks)
o 10% Lesson planning and curriculum development
– Teach groups of up to fifteen 6th -12th grade students or adults as needed
– Facilitate team building, leadership, and Social-Emotional Learning activities
– Work closely with the program managers to develop lesson plans and materials.
– Support programs by: Rigging, De-rigging, Scouting, Driving, Food Shopping, Cooking
– Maintain organization and cleanliness of all CFI equipment, including teaching materials, gear, etc.
– Maintain high standards of health and safety
– Follow Risk Management policies in all activities
– Assist with marketing materials, potential grant writing and other office needs
- Lived experience and/or Bachelor's or Associate's degree
- Minimum of 21 years of age and clean driving record for three years to qualify for CFI insurance
- Ability to work Aug. 16 through Oct. 29
- Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or proof of
enrollment in a course to be completed prior to the first day of employment
- Ability to pass a comprehensive background check
- Participates in and passes Driver Training
- Effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds and different levels of experience
- Desire to creatively develop science and education curricula and lesson plans
- Strong work ethic
- Willing to receive and provide feedback to improve CFI and grow as an educator
- Multi-task efficiently while managing a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing environment
About Canyonlands Field Institute
Canyonlands Field Institute is a nonprofit educational guiding organization based in Moab, Utah. CFI strives to create connection between students of all ages and our natural environments through science, art, and experience.