Lead inexperienced 14-18 year old students on backpacking expeditions in wilderness settings for extended periods; act as primary expedition risk manager & continuously evaluate student performance.
Facilitate lessons and activities about camp craft, leadership & conservation topics to achieve the curricular goals of MWS expeditions; make decisions in the field that reflect MWS’s programmatic goals.
Mentor and support Assistant Instructors and Interns in their growth as in-the-field educators

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


Wilderness First Responder (minimum 72 hour course) and CPR certifications 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
Two or more seasons (100+ Field Days total) of experience leading groups of students in the backcountry

Required Skills:

Ability to carry a 45-70 lb. backpack in rugged terrain for 10+ hours a day
Ability to facilitate curricular and programmatic goals; able to build a progressive expedition curriculum for students
Ability to lead inexperienced students in wilderness settings for extended periods of time while managing complex risks and evaluating student performance
Competency with a variety of backpacking and camp craft skills

Preferred Skills:

Experience working with or instructing high school youth
Experience working with underserved youth
Experience teaching technical paddling skills
Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback
Strong written & verbal communication skills


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

Send a cover letter, resume, application questions and Tech-log to: [email protected], you can view full job description, applications and compensation at www.montanawildernessschool.org in the lower right corner.