The United World College Wilderness Program is hiring instructors to lead students on a 14-day Leadership Expedition backpacking trip in the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico. The Leadership Expedition is part of the wilderness leadership training which consists of;
1. Wilderness First Aid & CPR course: A 20-hour class that teaches students how to evaluate and treat injuries in the wilderness. Through medical scenarios students gain hands-on experience.
2. Leadership Expedition: A 14-day backpacking trip in the Pecos Wilderness of Santa Fe National Forest of New Mexico. Students are led by professional outdoor instructors and are taught technical backpacking skills such as navigation, backcountry cooking, and Leave No Trace principles as well as leadership, group facilitation, and risk management.
3. Pre-Orientation: Students return to campus a week early to participate in a 4-day backpacking trip and have a chance to refresh the skills learned on the Leadership Expedition as well as to practice co- leading with the 1 or 2 other students that they will lead the Orientation backpacking trip with.
4. Orientation backpacking trip: The culmination of the wilderness leader training is to take incoming first year students on a 3-day backpacking trip with the oversight of a professional outdoor instructor.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Teaching/Education


All field instructors must have a current WFR (Wilderness First Responder) certification and CPR/AED certification and be able to carry a 50lb backpack.

• Experience assessing and managing backcountry terrain and hazards; experience with backcountry risk-management, including lightning, rockfall, river crossings, and map & compass navigation on- and off-trail.

Required Skills:

• Fluency with Leave No Trace principles and a strong wilderness preservation ethic.
• Experience working with diverse student populations; aware and sensitive to the multi-cultural nature of UWC student groups.
• Strong communication skills and group awareness; able to coach leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills with students.
•. Experience leading novices in the backcountry, including at elevations above 10,000 feet, and on trips of at least 5 days.

Preferred Skills:

• Field instructors are expected to participate in gear issue and de-issue, and/or to drive a vehicle of students to and from the trip destination.

About United World College

UWC-USA is one of 18 United World College (UWC) campuses located on five continents. A two-year residential school, UWC-USA serves students age 16-19 who typically represent more than 85 different countries. They participate in a unique program that combines academic challenge with an experiential, hands-on approach to learning. We are seeking instructors who represent our diverse student body and strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented communities in the outdoors. As a program we welcome individuals from every nation, racial and ethnic group, socioeconomic and political background. Our effectiveness as a program is based on building community in the wilderness that embodies diversity in all its forms.

Application Instructions

Email resume to [email protected]