The Steamboat Mountain School Residency is an experiential program meant for college graduates who are interested in working at independent schools. Residents both learn and teach in our academic, outdoor, and boarding programs. Residents are paired with expert mentor teachers, lead our outdoor programming, and regularly work with the boarding students on campus. The SMS Residency lasts for 10 months, and residents are provided with room and board.
Outdoor Component:
Residents will lead alongside faculty in our outdoor programming that occurs throughout the year. In August, they will participate in our three day Orientation Backpacking Trip with a small group of students, teaching hard and soft skills in the backcountry surrounding Steamboat. In October, they will help guide one of the Desert Week trips (canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, or canyoneering) and prepare the students for their upcoming adventures through weekly afternoon outings. In the winter, if residents choose to purchase a ski pass on the mountain or have a backcountry ski setup, then they will also be included in our winter programming and ski with students at least once a week. Throughout our outdoor programming, residents will be expected to create community, model and teach expedition behavior, work as a team with their co-leaders, and ultimately push our students to develop resilience, confidence, independence, relationships, and a sense of adventure.
Academic Component:
The primary purpose of the Residency Program is to facilitate an immersive learning experience that prepares residents for jobs in teaching fields. In order to prepare residents for their own classroom, they will…
work alongside an expert teacher mentor.
take a weekly class that focuses on curriculum development, assessment development, classroom management, effective teaching strategies, and the creation of their own “Why I Teach” philosophical statement.
observe their mentor teacher and other teachers of their choice.
gradually develop lesson plans of increased lengths for sections of their mentor teacher’s class.
culminate their teaching experience, hone in on their educational philosophy, and solidify their teaching methods by fully taking over a month-long block period class in the month of April.
provide support in the learning center.
substitute for teachers when necessary.
receive counsel on career planning.
assist in the staffing of the school front office, answering phones, assisting students and coordinating appointments.
Compensation Information
$12,500 paid over 10 month period bi-monthly
On campus housing provided
On campus dining in the school’s dining hall based on the kitchen meal service schedule. There is no meal service provided during traditional school vacations.
6 weeks of paid vacation to be taken during the school’s traditional academic year school vacations.

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


The Residency Program is meant for college graduates who are interested in teaching, curious about independent schools, and passionate about the outdoors and communal living. We are currently seeking residents for the following positions:
English Literature, US and World History, The Sciences, Spanish, Mathematics, Experiential Education, Studio Art.

About Steamboat Mountain school

Steamboat Mt School is a coeducational day and boarding school in Steamboat Springs CO. Our mission is:
Steamboat Mountain School challenges the intellects and imaginations of its students to help them lead productive, creative and responsible lives in a dynamic, global society.

Application Instructions

Please send your resume to [email protected]