Chadwick Outdoor Education (COE) instructors facilitate outdoor experiences for students, helping them to reach their full potential, learn the importance of personal responsibility, practice decision making and hone their leadership abilities. In addition, instructors will teach skills such as camp craft, navigation, expedition behavior, hygiene, self-care, hazard awareness, risk management, group processing, communication, proper use of equipment/clothing, and minimum impact ethics. Instructors will have many opportunities to share passions for the natural world and address cultural history topics in each of the course areas. The curriculum progression is structured around 7th and 8th grade base camping experiences, building towards 9, 10, 11, and 12th grade backpacking courses. Most courses are 5 days long, with 2-3 days of instructor preparation before students arrive. The 12th grade course is a culmination of the curriculum progression, a three-week-long backcountry expedition course. We have three courses in the fall and three in the spring. Instructors are hired on a temporary, part-time agreement basis.


Key responsibilities include:

Live by Chadwick’s Core Values and Core Competencies and role model this to students.
Live comfortably in the outdoor environments where courses are located. Ability to care for one’s self in the environment as well as having the capacity to care for students regardless of conditions and circumstances.
Understand COE risk management policies and procedures.
Understand the major hazards and risks inherent in the specific course environment, be able to manage the common and obvious risks and take appropriate action regarding risks you have not encountered before.
Be able to recognize and act on appropriate and inappropriate student behavior and have the ability to manage student-to-student, instructor-to-student, and instructor-to-instructor relationships. This includes the ability to give feedback and deal positively with conflict and stress. The goal is to support students as they develop and grow on course and transfer skills and to apply learning back at home and school.
Create space for emotional, physical and social safety. This includes all group members including students, co-instructors and self.
Complete course paperwork in a timely, organized fashion.
Participate in the course orientation and training, as well as end-of-course debriefs with co-instructors and COE leadership team.
Read and understand the COE instructor manual and Chadwick Diversity statement.
Perform other duties as assigned
Education, experience and skill requirements

Tagged as: Teaching/Education



Some college required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
Instructors must have current WFR and CPR certification.
Several years of post-college professional experience leading students for reputable outdoor education programs and schools
Teaching experience (classroom or outdoors)
Appropriate course area backcountry wilderness experience, both personal and professional
Experience with students ranging from grade 7-12
Instructors must have and maintain a clean driving record, have a

Required Skills:

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Lifting, carrying and moving up to 50-70 lbs.
Walking and being outdoors for extended periods of time on a regular basis is part of the job as the school sits on 45 acres of land and trips will be in wilderness locations
Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and an ability to adjust focus.
May use telephone, computer, copier, and other office equipment in the course o

About Chadwick School

Outdoor Education Department. Backpacking courses begin and end on campus in Palos Verdes, CA. Basecamp courses meet in the field locations (Joshua Tree or Morro Bay)

Application Instructions

https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=28089&clientkey=87394730E8B488AB0F3826D96D206E26 Please apply online at the link above. Applications are currently being processed for Fall Courses, and applications for spring courses must be submitted by November