Students in Wilderness Initiative (~85%):
Prepare, schedule, facilitate, and support classroom-based learning experiences about land designation and Wilderness with middle school students throughout New Mexico; Check in with classroom teachers throughout the year for classroom sessions and field-based expeditions; Guide students in a project-based learning component
Schedule and communicate with stakeholders for classrooms sessions
Facilitate and attend planning meetings via phone and in person with teachers and administrators; represent CGE in a professional manner; facilitate and attend after-school parent meetings with families of SIWI students; answer questions about risk, backpacking, relevance of curriculum, etc.
Build relationships with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community leaders to support the SIWI program
Plan effective itineraries to get students into public lands and wilderness areas in compliance with organizational processes and serve as a team lead to ensure logistics for field expeditions are executed; Spend up to 5 nights at a time camping/backpacking in the field; total overnight field work for SIWI will be between 50 and 65 nights per year.
Collaborate closely with other SIWI Field Educators/Program Director on curriculum design
Serve in a leadership capacity while in the field acting as a group leader
Assist with SIWI program administration including collaborative data collection and analysis at various levels, including information from student pre- and post-surveys; virtual communication with The Wilderness Society once every 1-4 weeks, in collaboration with other SIWI staff and program director
Assist with publicity, outreach, marketing, storytelling and blog writing for the SIWI program
Assist in writing reports to foundations and other funding agencies
Assist with annual reviews of SIWI curriculum and collaboratively work to make improvements
Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences including teachers, parents, land managers, funders, board members, etc.
Summer Expeditions (~10%):
Lead and support outdoor education expeditions across the American Southwest, including in frontcountry and backcountry settings, ranging from single day programs to multi-week programs; Depending on position, spend up to 21 nights at a time camping in the field; total overnight field work for summer expeditions will be 25 days or less.
Specific role in summer programs will be determined based on employee’s skills and interests and the staffing needs of the organization
Willing to live at our summer Basecamp in Thoreau, NM from June 1st – Aug 15th
Program Support (~5%):
Participate in meetings, assist with partnership reporting/conversation
Engage as a working professional in an office with ~10 full time employee, assist with projects as needed
Serve as an assistant trainer during field staff training expeditions
Assist with facilitation of other CGE programs as a support staff person
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid driver’s license. Must have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for CGE vehicle insurance.
Must be able to live at Basecamp or travel with a group during the summer.
Work hours are frequently outside of traditional office hours. Overnight camping is required for 50-90 nights/year.
Strong organizational skills;
WFR/WEMT or ability to acquire within 90 days of hire
Experience as an outdoor educator, managing risk, supervising field staff, and independently running trips throughout a season;
Experience in backpacking;
Education, classroom teaching, or curriculum development training or experience;
Experience using Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. for professional purposes and/or virtual teaching
Experience with federal, state, tribal, and private land management
Connection, understanding of, and relationship with New Mexico lands and wilderness areas
Spanish, Diné, etc.
About Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. Our programs offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the majestic land and cultural heritage of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore, we will take you on world-class backpacking and hiking trails, connect you with hands-on science and nature, and engage you in the art and culture of the Southwest.