Sequoyah School hires experienced outdoor education instructors to expand the quality and level of productive challenge in the Field Studies Program. Many of our instructors only work a single trip, but occasionally we are able to offer multiple contracts per season.

A majority of our Instructor positions are on backpacking programs ranging from four to nine days in length. On these programs, instructors co-lead a group of students alongside a faculty member of the school. While we seek to foster a co-leader relationship, a Field Studies Instructor must be capable of stepping in as the primary leader, as needed, on these trips. We expect an Instructor to be able to solo instruct an entire trip if necessary.

Sequoyah School has a rich history of diversity and seeks candidates to enhance that tradition.
– Minimum qualifications: 21 years of age, current WFR (or equivalent experience) and CPR certifications
– Must have and maintain a clean driving record and have a current driver’s license to drive school vehicles
– Highly professional and competent leaders with a proven track record of excellence and prudent judgment in the outdoor education field
– Experience recognizing and acting on appropriate and inappropriate student behavior
– Ability to manage student-to-student, instructor-to-student, and instructor-to-parent relationships, in order to help students develop on course and apply those learnings back home. This includes the ability to give feedback and deal positively with conflict and stress
– Technical skills necessary to lead specialized activities (e.g. rock climbing on a climbing trip, or backcountry travel for a backpacking trip) and travel safely in the course areas used. They should have the ability to teach these skills to participants, apply good risk management skills applicable to institutional settings, and develop the whole student
– Positive role models of upstanding behavior and competence in the field
– Consistent with the school’s mission and ethos, steward a culture of community and belonging for all participants, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity
– Ability to communicate with students and staff across all intersections of identity in ways that are respectful and mindful

In addition to the above qualifications, a Sequoyah Field Studies Instructor excels at:
– Creating an atmosphere of positivity where students feel safe, supported, and empowered
– Facilitating age-appropriate activities designed for personal growth and inspiring students to challenge themselves
– Developing meaningful relationships with students, faculty, and parents – engaging thoughtfully with poise and professionalism
– Challenging participants beliefs in order to develop critical thinking skills and nurture their passions
– Thoughtfully weaving their personal flair into the trip in a constructive manner

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

About Sequoyah School

The Sequoyah School Field Studies program offers two trips per year, for all grades K-12, and is a required co-curricular aspect of the Sequoyah School education. The field studies curriculum heavily integrates with the classroom curriculum and enhances the Sequoyah experience as students are intentionally led towards increasing levels of responsibility, self-reliance, leadership, and an understanding of our world.

Application Instructions

Please review required qualifications and compensation information here (https://tinyurl.com/mtjkwcar) Interested applicants can complete this form (https://forms.gle/4NX2dWN9cpNotnuMA). We will reach out to folks who are a good fit - note that we are trying to fill a last minute opening for an August course. However we are always interested in meeting new folks who would be a good match for the school.