Overview

Position Purpose:
In Field Education, we use the wild lands of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest as our classrooms. The Instructor provides customized field science and environmental education programming for youth, adult and family residential and non-residential programs.

Responsibilities:
Teaching (80%)
Develop and implement thematic, place-based, hands-on field science curriculum and evening programs for multi-day, outdoor learning experiences. Programs may include evenings and overnights in hotels or tents.
Incorporate program logistics, student interests, teacher requests, NGSS and state science standards and TSS educational framework into instruction.
Co-teach with AmeriCorps members and engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.
Facilitate the following while leading field groups of 7-13 people on excursions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:
Exploration of local natural history
Inquiry-based learning
Field research
Stewardship and citizen-science projects
Development of teamwork, communication and leadership, including facilitation of high and low elements on the Doug Walker Challenge Course
Responsibility for self and care of equipment
Hiking, backcountry travel and front- and backcountry camping skill development
Travel by foot, snowshoe, ski, and canoe depending on the season
Transference of subject matter back to participants’ home communities
Manage participants’ physical, social, and emotional safety/risk and empower participants to become risk managers during all instructor-led activities.

Educator Development (embedded within teaching)
Co-teach weekly with AmeriCorps members.
Support mentoring of AmeriCorps members through goal setting, program and lesson planning, daily debriefing and end of program reflection.
Engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.

Program Support (20%)
Attend all staff trainings and meetings as required and assigned.
Assist with cleaning and maintaining residential lodges, teaching spaces, dining lodge, equipment and supplies.
Support all aspects of programming within Field Education and across other program areas of TSS.
Contribute to inclusive work and learning environments through continually developing cultural competency. Cultural competence is one’s ability to interact effectively across various dimensions of diversity. It lies at the intersection of awareness of others, self-awareness, and applying skills & knowledge to promote inclusion and equity.
Assist with other duties as assigned.

Please see the Teton Science Schools Careers Page linked below for more information.

Tagged as: Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

About Teton Science Schools

Teton Science Schools inspires curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education.

Application Instructions

See the Teton Science Schools Careers Page for more information about the Instructor position and to apply. Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.