Function as part of an instructor team for a 24-day wilderness backpacking course for students new to the high school. The course is required for all students as part of their orientation trimester. The course focuses on personal growth and development through exploring a social emotional learning framework to deepen capacity to be in community and be with one’s self. Activities include backpacking, non-technical peak ascents, solo, trail service work, and 5-mile final run. Instructors are expected to support students throughout the course, provide feedback, model skills taught, and provide formative and summative assessments. Course dates, including a one-week orientation and 5 day course wrap-up are September 17- October 24, 2022. Field days are Sept 27- Oct 19. The course takes place in the Gila Wilderness Area in New Mexico.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Teaching/Education


Extended wilderness trip (21+ day courses) leadership experience. Current WFR & CPR. Strong facilitation skills. Ability to work long hours in difficult and stressful conditions. Clean driving record and experience driving multi passenger vehicles (15 passenger vans and/or mini busses).

About Eagle Rock School

Eagle Rock School is a co-ed, residential, tuition free, private, non-profit, full academic curriculum high school in Estes Park, CO designed to work with students who chose to enroll and want to engage more fully in their education. The school is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. All new students go on a 24-day wilderness course as the orientation to the school. www.eaglerockschool.org

Application Instructions

Salary & Benefits: Starting salary depends on experience ($115-$140). Workers Comp insurance while on contract. Room and board during orientation week, and course wrap-up week. Potential for work on future Eagle Rock courses. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, list of 3 professional references (2 of which must be from supervisors) to Eliza Wicks-Arshack, at [email protected]