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.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Teaching and Guiding – 60%
Support Staff Duties – 20%
Lesson Planning & Curriculum Development – 10%
Canyonlands Field Institute Team Engagement – 10%

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Cooks and Food Service, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


● Minimum of 21 years of age
● A background check to work with youth
● Current driver’s license and a participation in Driver Training at start of season
● Maintains a clean driving record, passes and keeps current a DOT physical exam at own expense
● Complete Utah Food Handlers certification upon hire
● Complete and pass Wilderness First Responder course at start of season paid for by CFI or hold a current
WFR and CPR certs
● Available to work a flexible schedule
● Proof of Covid vaccination

Preferred Skills:

There are many skills and qualifications that guides come to CFI with and/or spend their season developing. Below
are some of the critical competencies that we look for when hiring. We do not expect individual candidates to have
experience in all of these realms and encourage those with just some to apply:

Teaching & Facilitation
Experience with youth
Boating/Technical Guiding
Group management
Risk management
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility lens

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.” Priority will be given to applications received before November 15th, 2022. Please be prepared to offer references should you move forward to the next round.15 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.