The First Year Naturalist Educator training program is a paid professional development program for outdoor educators beginning their career of connecting people to, and fostering care for, the natural environment. The position focuses on facilitating land-based programming for school and youth groups at our Professor Valley Field Camp and multi-day river trips on the Green, Colorado, and San Juan Rivers.

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Minimum of 21 years of age.
CFI requires everyone who comes in contact with youth to take a comprehensive background check.
Current driver’s license and a willingness to participate in and pass Driver Training
Maintains a clean driving record, passes and keeps current a DOT physical exam at own expense.
Willingness to get a Utah Food Handlers certification
Available to work a flexible schedule, including days, nights, and weekends for up to 10 consecutive days
Proof of Covid-19 vaccine.

About Canyonlands Field Institute

Canyonlands Field Institute (CFI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Moab, Utah. For over 38 years we have been
rooted in our mission to provide quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau, to inspire care of wild places,
and renew the human spirit. We believe in nurturing students of all ages and backgrounds, connection to self,
community, and natural spaces. Through meaningful outdoor educational programming, CFI seeks to build
immersive learning experiences by combining place-based science, an environment unplugged from technology,
play, exploration, artistic expression, and Social Emotional Learning curriculum. By joining our educational
community, you can help us grow the next generation of caring leaders and environmental stewards, who can
affect positive change in our world while simultaneously building a robust set of technical and “soft” skills in some
of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Application Instructions

Send a resume and optional cover letter to Education Director, Alexander de Moor at [email protected] with the subject line “First Year Naturalist Educator Application.” Please be prepared to offer references should you move forward to the next round. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. We hope to have these positions filled by the end of January, but can be flexible for the right candidate.