Cottonwood Institute is looking for inspiring and passionate field instructors to lead outdoor programs this spring and summer.
CI partners with local schools and youth organizations to connect students to the outdoors through low impact camping, hands-on environmental issues exploration, and service-learning projects. As a field instructor, you will be working with our classroom based instructors to take their classes on field days and overnights during the spring and running overnight outdoor programs during the summer.

Position Responsibilities and Expectations

● Co-instruct 1-5 day outdoor experiences for middle and high school students
● Facilitate the development of positive group dynamics with and among teens through team building
● Teach and model exemplary interpersonal skills such as leadership, communication, and expedition behavior
● Teach and support outdoor skills development such as camp craft, outdoor cooking, fire building, and LNT
● Teach and support environmental awareness and connection, including leading hikes and place-based activities
● Implement CI’s Risk Management Plan during programming and be responsible for the safety of all participants
● Drive students to and from sites in company and/or rental vehicles, including 15-passenger vans

Please see our job post for more details: https://www.cottonwoodinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/2022-Fall-Field-Instructor-Job-Description-2.pdf

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Minimum Qualifications
● Must be 21 years or older
● Must have experience leading middle or high school student groups
● Must have a valid driver's license by the start date of this position, pass a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check, and
complete driver training including online 15-passenger van training and behind the wheel training.
● Must pass a background check and a registered sex offender check
● Current certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR or ability to obtain

Required Skills:

● Familiarity facilitating group camping and field logistics with teens or significant personal outdoor experience
● Experience leading, instructing, or teaching teens in the outdoors
● Experience building trust with students from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds
● Personal commitment to advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Skills:

● Fluency communicating in Spanish with participants and families (we give a bonus for Spanish proficiency!)
● Extensive experience with outdoor trip leading in an overnight camping context
● Extensive experience teambuilding and facilitating teen leadership development in an outdoor setting
● Extensive knowledge of local environmental issues such as fire ecology, water issues, plant/animal identification

About Cottonwood Institute

Cottonwood Institute (CI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to connect middle and high school students to nature and inspire them to protect it. CI partners with local middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations to offer programs that engage students in environmental education, outdoor skill development, and service learning. We lead programs in Boulder, Denver, and Aurora and trips throughout the Colorado Front Range.

Application Instructions

Please send your resume and cover letter to Dru Falco at [email protected]