We are seeking committed instructors for our high school orientation program running August 19-29th, in the Indian and Lost Creek Wilderness areas. Instructors at The Watershed School work directly with Lead Educators and the Director of Experiential Programs to create a welcoming yet challenging environment for students during our 8-day orientation backpacking trip. In doing so, Instructors focus heavily on creating a supportive group culture that fosters communication and understanding while helping advisory teams manage risk appropriately.

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


Must be 21 years of age or older.
Must be available from August 19-29th. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Must possess a current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification.
Must have one or more years of comparable experience in experiential education, risk management, and/or outdoor skills.

Required Skills:

Able to work effectively with high school students who may have never camped before.
Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all duties as assigned and maintain ample energy and focus to aid students and staff.
Ability to manage physical and emotional safety or student groups in hazardous environments (i.e., rough terrain) and manage emergencies.
Able to model and promote a culture of safety.
Able to take the initiative and work collaboratively.
Able to clearly communicate with students and staff.

Preferred Skills:

Ability to facilitate activities, lessons, and discussions, including presenting engaging lessons that meet learners' needs and allow for transference.
Ability to effectively assess student needs and facilitate lessons, activities, and discussions to meet student needs and course outcomes.
Able to provide clear, effective, and timely feedback to students, educators, instructors, and administration.

About The Watershed School

At The Watershed School, we are dedicated to sparking adventure and wonder, fostering inquiry and community, and building the character and ability of our students to tackle the world's greatest challenges. Located in Boulder, Colorado, we offer a progressive education for grades 6-12 with a strong emphasis on experiential and outdoor learning. We strive to create highly capable, healthy, wise, and engaged citizens. We believe the best learning happens outside of a classroom when students are engaged in meaningful work that pushes them outside of their comfort zone.
For more details, visit our website at: https://www.watershedschool.org/

Application Instructions

Please send a resume of relevant experience, a short cover letter, and three references to [email protected]. Thanks!