Telluride Academy will be accepting applications for summer Field Instructors beginning December 16, 2020. Strong candidates must possess sound and responsible decision making skills, have previous experience working with groups of children as well as strong organizational skills to handle weekly student field reports, program logistics, instructor evaluations and activity budgets. Successful applicants are flexible, motivated individuals that have an affinity for creativity and spending significant time outside!

Instructor responsibilities include ensuring a safe, engaging and educational experience for groups of students ranging in ages from 5-17. The majority of Academy programs occur in the Telluride region of the San Juan Mountains and the deserts of the Southwest. During a typical two-week Telluride Academy program, two co-instructors (male and female) will share responsibility for a maximum of 13 students. Programs typically run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday with overnight camp-outs each Wednesday. First year Academy instructors will typically run programs that cater towards our younger participants and will visit locations that are located within the Telluride region. However, we try to create an experience for all of our staff that involves interactions with a range of ages and activities.

Types of activities that instructors may facilitate include; field games, overnight camping, day hiking, ecological exploration, mountain biking, swimming, inflatable kayaking, SUP’ing, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, rock climbing and backpacking. Additionally, all staff are expected to practice and teach environmental stewardship principles as well as leadership and team-building initiatives to groups of students. Within the structure of established itineraries and program descriptions, Academy instructors are given the freedom and flexibility to shape, plan and implement daily programming – a unique and successful key to the Academy’s long-standing success. Potential instructors must pass a criminal background check, as well as a safe driving check and be available for our annual pre-season staff training held the last week of May. *Must be 21 years old

Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Instruction and Guiding


Insanely fun, creative, and willing to be an active and engaging role-model

Organized, dependable and professional

Knowledge and enthusiasm for outdoor/experiential education

Significant prior experience working with youth

Ability to be present and "cell phone" free while at work

Current WFA and CPR certification (or ability to obtain with the Academy or independently). Excludes Interns.

Must pass a criminal and driving background check

Must be at least

About Telluride Academy

Telluride Academy, based in the heart of the rugged San Juan Mountains, is one of the largest and most unique outdoor youth organizations in Colorado. Each summer, Telluride Academy, a 40-year-old non-profit organization, welcomes over 900 students who participate in more than 100 diverse programs. Telluride Academy offers programs that introduce children to the beauty of the natural world. Through exploration and play, we strive to inspire imaginations and instill an awareness and appreciation for the outdoors. Our curriculum encompasses specialized activities that focus on adventure education, art, ecology, science, mountain sports, performing arts, and regional and international travel.

Application Instructions

Apply at https://www.tellurideacademy.org/employment