Do you want to spend this fall with a small group of committed young adults exploring the American Southwest, teaching technical outdoor skills, defining what an environmental ethic means, and mentoring participants in developing an independent study project? Then this job is for you! We’re looking for a passionate and experienced educator who is interested in guiding a unique gap semester program in the American Southwest! Our staff team comes from a huge diversity of backgrounds including art, music, science, farming, wilderness experiences, and more, and works with youth ranging from kindergarten through high school. Your role will be one of two instructors on an 84-day expedition with 6-12 participants, all 18+ years old. During the course, participants will complete a Wilderness First Responder course, investigate scientific topics related to water, and engage in conversation and thinking about environmental ethics. This is our first year ever facilitating the Gap Year program at the Gulch, so you will have a leadership role and opportunity to shape the program, curriculum, culture, and experience!

Job Objective: Provide excellent outdoor education programming; support a co-instructor in facilitating Cottonwood Gulch’s first-ever Gap Year program.


Gap Year Program:
Lead and support an 84-day outdoor education expedition across the American Southwest.
-Plan and execute effective outdoor programming for 6-12 participants aged 18+
-Manage risk in line with CGE’s practices in the field
-Mentor and assist students in completing an independent research project related to water issues in the American Southwest
-Develop and execute a curriculum focused on environmental ethics with a diversity of readings, prompts, and activities for participants to complete
-Teach technical outdoor skills related to front and backcountry travel and camping, and support other instructors in teaching technical skills
-Support student learning in a Wilderness First Responder course
-Provide medical care within the trained scope of practice
-Participate in the maintaining and repairing of our gear fleet
-Plan meals and cook for groups of up to 12 participants
-Teach LNT principles/environmental ethics to groups of youth
-Drive large vehicles (pickup trucks, 15-passenger vans) on a variety of roads
Compensation: The salary range starts at $1500/Month. Food and housing provided. Professional development opportunities are possible for staff who commit to multiple years or who are on 6+ month contracts (WFR, SPI, LNT, BICP, etc). Various Pro-Deals are available to all staff.

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Conservation, Crew, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


At least 21 years of age, WFR or ability to acquire within 60 days

Required Skills:

Strong organizational skills; experience with Google Drive.
Work hours are frequently outside of traditional office hours

Preferred Skills:

Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a wide range of audiences (fellow staff, teachers, students, etc.).
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and independently.
We believe outdoor education takes many different forms; your unique skills and experiences will be considered and valued!

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 go to https://cottonwoodgulch.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App Complete the application and indicate Field Educator as the position of interest.