Overview

Lead inexperienced 14-18-year-old students on backpacking and paddling expeditions in wilderness settings for extended periods of time while managing risks and evaluating student performance.
Facilitate classes and activities to achieve the curricular goals of MWS expeditions and make decisions in the field that reflect MWS’ programmatic goals.
Mentor and support the assistant instructor and interns in their growth as field instructors.

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

● Wilderness First Responder (minimum 72-hour course) and CPR certifications required.
● Swift-water or whitewater rescue technician certification required.
● Valid driver's license required. Acceptable driving record and an acceptable criminal history, as verified through pre-hire driving record and criminal background checks.
● Willingness to learn about the mission and values of MWS.
● Two or more seasons (100+ Field Days total) of experience leading groups of students in the backcountry.

Required Skills:

● Ability to move, carry and lift canoes on and off a trailer and in and out of the water.
● Ability to carry a 45-70 lb. backpack in rugged terrain for up to 10+ hours a day.
● Ability to facilitate curricular and programmatic goals.
● Ability to lead inexperienced students in wilderness settings for extended periods of time while managing risks and evaluating student performance.

Preferred Skills:

● Experience working with or instructing high school youth
● Experience working with underserved youth.
● Experience teaching technical paddling skills
● Experience working effectively with people from diverse backgrounds

About MONTANA WILDERNESS SCHOOL

The Montana Wilderness School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit outdoor education organization based in Bozeman, Montana, providing multi-week wilderness expeditions for youth.

Application Instructions

See application Instruction at www.montanawildernessschool.org lower right corner of the webpage