The High Mountain Institute is seeking a Science & Residential Life Fellow, a one-year fellowship in the HMI Semester. The ideal job candidate would be interested in developing skills in the areas of classroom teaching, wilderness instruction, and residential life experience. Responsibilities include teaching Science classes, coordinating residential life activities, leading extended wilderness expeditions, and programmatic residential life duties.

About the High Mountain Institute: HMI seeks to connect our students to the natural world and teach them essential leadership and communication skills through participation in a rigorous academic program, extended wilderness trips, and a community of shared responsibility. For more information, please visit www.hminet.org.

-Teach 1 section of Science each semester, with mentorship from the Science Faculty (Semester)
-Coordinate residential life activities and support the residential life curriculum (Semester)
-Possible: teach 1-2 sections of HMI’s weekly environmental ethics seminar, with mentorship from the environmental ethics teaching team (Semester)
-Co-lead 5-6 student wilderness expeditions (two per Semester, one or two in Summer) and serve in an emergency support capacity for other semester expeditions.
-Participate in residential life responsibilities (Semester and Summer Term).
-Provide Summer Term program support as needed

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills


-Current WFR
-Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with multiple constituent groups
-Prior backcountry wilderness leadership experience
-Experience teaching or working with high school-aged students
-Excellent organizational and planning skills, including multitasking and delegating
-Computer Skills (Google Suite)
-Passion for the outdoors and education
-Willingness to work a flexible schedule

Required Skills:

-Must maintain a valid drivers’ license
-Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
-Must be able to stand for long periods of time and perform frequent squatting and reaching
-Must be able to backpack for 10-18 days at a time

Preferred Skills:

Total compensation: $26,000. On-campus housing included.
Health, dental, vision and mental health benefits
Start date: July 29, 2024
End date: July 28, 2025

About High Mountain Institute

Founded in 1995, HMI is a nonprofit independent school with a focus on outdoor, experiential, and place-based education. HMI serves approximately 175 students per year across its high school, summer, and gap programming. About 30% of students receive financial aid and a similar percentage identify as people of color. All HMI students participate in extended wilderness expeditions lasting from 10-21 days. HMI is not a rehabilitative or wilderness therapy program. HMI students are high-achieving, healthy students seeking challenge, a strong community, and a deeper connection to nature. HMI has nearly 30 year-round staff, about half of whom live on campus. Learn more at: www.hminet.org.

Application Instructions

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Molly Lovett, Administrative Coordinator & Registrar for the HMI Semester, at [email protected] and fill out the HMI Prospective Employment Form online. Your application will not be complete without all three of these items. We will begin our initial review of applications the week of March 4th and will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled. Finalists will be invited to HMI for a formal interview.