The High Mountain Institute’s (HMI) Apprentice Program is a five month residency program in classroom teaching and backcountry expeditions based in Leadville, Colorado. Apprentices join the HMI community for one semester to immerse themselves in classroom teaching, wilderness instruction, and residential life. Apprentices work in one of our six subject areas; Math, Science, English, Spanish, History, & Environmental Ethics partnered with a faculty mentor. The Apprentice Program is an excellent way to gain experience in teaching and wilderness instruction as well as learn about traditional classroom teaching and instructing backpacking expeditions. We have one position open for this upcoming spring in either Math or Science – starting January 2022.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


BA and current WFA or WFR

Preferred Skills:

Interest and excitement in working with teenagers both in the classroom and in the backcountry.

About High Mountain Institute

Students come to HMI for life-changing experiences during a semester or summer of high school, or in the years immediately following for a semester of a gap year. The Apprentice Program, our teacher fellowship program, works with college graduates beginning a career in education, and our Educators’ Expedition offers summer professional development for teachers and school administrators. From our campus high in the Rocky Mountains to the wilds of Patagonia, our students travel into the wilderness and foster communities of shared responsibility, creating the foundation for rigorous intellectual experiences.

Application Instructions

Please apply through our website at: https://www.hminet.org/adult-programs/apprentice-program/admissions/ And also reach out to Avery Kernan at [email protected] to specify you're applying for this upcoming spring semester (January 2022)