Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions seeks an enthusiastic educator to join our Students In Wilderness Initiative (SIWI) team in a full-time or part-time capacity. Our Students in Wilderness Initiative is a collaborative program developed with The Wilderness Society (TWS), a variety of schools across New Mexico, and is part of TWS’s larger Youth In Wilderness program. Our program focuses on public lands, issues around the wilderness, the history of public lands in the US, and environmental education. The curriculum is delivered through a series of classroom sessions and field-based expeditions; the classroom sessions explore topics with students and connect them with stakeholders in those topics; field expeditions are designed to experience public lands, collaborate within their communities, and build comfort in outdoor spaces. This program works with 8th grade students and is designed to address the access gap that many historically marginalized communities experience in predominantly white outdoor spaces. In part, we hope to inspire and empower students to become advocates for wilderness and public lands and to develop a life-long relationship with public lands. A component of this position is developing strong connections with the communities in which our SIWI program works (meaning students, families, teachers, administrators, and other community leaders). The person in this position works with students and teachers both in school and on field expeditions from August-May and works with youth in CGE’s open enrollment multi-week traveling programs during the summer.

Tagged as: Full Time, Teaching/Education


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.
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Required Skills:

Ability to learn software (Google Drive, Adobe products, and Microsoft Office) quickly
Ability to learn how to communicate effectively and professionally with a wide range of audiences (TWS representatives, fellow staff, teachers, students, parents, etc.) via a wide range of tools
Passion for and experience with spending time outdoors
WFR/WEMT or ability to acquire within 90 days of hire
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Preferred Skills:

Experience as an outdoor educator, managing risk, supervising field staff, and independently running trips throughout a season;
Experience leading 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
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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.

Application Instructions

Please review the full Application and follow the instructions at the end. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yWXqXKDEhW5kuq752ttuW7EJC6uxShXM5KB0-6-XIGM/edit?usp=sharing