Adjunct Field Instructor is responsible for teaching and evaluating REC 240 Wilderness Fall Practicum, a 24-day, 4-credit canoe & backpack expedition course in the Adirondack Park. Instructor will also facilitate related preparation and de-issue tasks including but not limited to gear issue and clean-up, assembly of medical and other supplies and food preparation.

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Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
Current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT certification, CPR certification
Current driver’s license
Minimum of 5 years experience leading groups on canoeing and/or backpacking trips in multi-day backcountry context (with a minimum of 100 professional field days including some in the last year).
Experience leading or teaching college-aged groups (in an academic context)

Required Skills:

Complete essential job functions without health restrictions: Lift and carry supplies weighing up to 100 pounds including but not limited to backpacks, loaded duffel bags and safety equipment; lift and carry items as part of a team including but not limited to canoes and rescue litters; sit, stand, walk/climb long distances over steep and rugged terrain, use upper and lower body in unrestricted manner.
Familiarity with the Adirondack Park (High Peaks region)
Experience with backpacking over rugged terrain

Preferred Skills:

NYS Guide License
Experience with canoe portaging over long distances
Assess and manage risk in campus and field settings
Academic evaluation of student performance
Application of Northeastern LNT
History of outdoor employment in variety of settings
Successfully facilitate group activities and manage group dynamics to maintain a positive atmosphere

About North Country Community College

Since 1979, the Wilderness Recreation Leadership program has given students the leadership skills and outdoor experience to become guides, outdoor educators and other recreation professionals. We are conveniently located in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park where the mountains, lakes and rivers are right outside our classroom door.

Application Instructions

By June 15, 2023 (or until position filled), submit the following to Jimmy Cunningham, WRL Director: [email protected] 1) Cover Letter 2) Current Resume (Outdoor + Professional Preferred) 3) 3 Professional References 4) Copies of WFR, CPR and any other relevant certifications.