A residential school is a complex place. As the adult members of the Eagle Rock community, we are all responsible in our own way for the growth and development of the students entrusted to our care.

Each of us has a unique set of responsibilities, but we share a commitment to bring expertise and energy to all that we do. Working at Eagle Rock is not a job, it is a vocation. In selecting candidates for employment here, we look not only for exceptional talent and expertise, but also for a high level of commitment and loyalty.  In return, Eagle Rock provides professional growth opportunities; deep, meaningful, and rewarding work; and an exceptional benefits package and competitive salaries.

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Full Time Positions

Context of the Position Opening

Outdoor Education Instructional Specialist

Do you believe in an educational process that supports diverse high school students in finding and nurturing their gifts and passions, rather than enforcing compliance? Would you like to empower students to explore and examine their lives and the world around them in a deep and critical way? Do you believe outdoor education can be built into cross-curricular experiences that are meaningful to adolescents? Does a boarding school that bases its disciplinary approach on relationships and respect resonate with you?

At ERS & PDC, our teachers work together to develop active learning opportunities for our students.  We care about each other’s success, our students’ experience, and work hard to constantly innovate.  We are committed to our students and through that experience, contributing to progressive secondary school reform efforts across the country. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our website (www.eaglerockschool.org) to get a better feel for the School and Professional Development Center. We’ll be honest; ERS & PDC isn’t for everybody.  If you believe students need to be “taught lessons,” you think instructors should focus on managing behaviors, or that students are “broken” and they need to be fixed, we’re not for you.  If you are looking for a job rather than a lifestyle, you won’t fit here.  But if you’ve got boundless energy, an inherent trust in the ability of students, a desire to both run a small program and instruct in the field, a deep desire to work on both school wide initiatives and with individual students, you’re up for developing outdoor experiences beyond the classroom in the evenings and weekends, and you have ambitions to impact secondary education nationally, we want to hear from you.

POSITION TITLE:  Outdoor Education Instructional Specialist (IS)

REPORTS TO:  Director of Students

JOB OBJECTIVE: The Outdoor Education Instructional Specialist serves as part of Eagle Rock’s student services team.  In general, the position is involved in developing and implementing outdoor education curriculum for high school students who have not found success in traditional settings.  Duties include recruiting, hiring and supervising field instructors; curriculum development, instructing/course directing 24-day wilderness orientation trip for new students three times per year; course instruction in classroom and outdoor settings for veteran students; gear and logistics management; Public Allies Fellow mentoring & supervision, and other duties related to a residential, community oriented school.

QUALIFICATIONS: BS/BA or equivalent experience in Outdoor/Experiential Education or related field(s), five years of outdoor program leadership experience in a wide variety of course designs and program models; extensive experience and desire to work with adolescents; strong organizational and leadership skills.  Physical and emotional stamina to work in harsh wilderness environments for extended periods of time. Experience working with diverse populations including a mix of LGBTQIA students; students from low income backgrounds; and students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds— all of whom have not found success in traditional educational settings.  Experience and expertise leading extended (20+ days) backpacking trips and managing top rope rock sites with adolescents from diverse backgrounds.  Wilderness First Responder required.  AMGA SPI certification desirable.  Demonstrated ability to drive mini busses and a large pickup pulling a trailer in hazardous weather on unimproved roads.  Bilingual English/Spanish helpful.

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a deep love of work with high school students; demonstrated success in collaborative work with colleagues; adept interpersonal skills; a sense of humor; visionary thinking; a commitment to lifelong learning; seasoned judgment; and an appreciation for the fact that working at a residential school requires a commitment to full engagement, including programming in evenings and on weekends.

Eagle Rock is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination. All employment decisions at Eagle Rock are based on merit and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with both the letter and spirit of this policy, Eagle Rock will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.  Therefore, members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.


*** Please refer to these 5 areas to respond to the application prompt: Please submit a brief skills self-assessment that indicates results produced in each of the five major areas of responsibility listed below:


  • Develop, implement, and oversee the new student orientation wilderness course and veteran student outdoor education courses.
  • Create and deliver innovative outdoor experiences for students that integrate with various content areas and remain committed to our instructional values. Work with department instructors to support integration of outdoor education into courses.
  • Create and implement programmatic ways to engage students in outdoor opportunities outside of class time (e.g., climbing club, hiking, biking, etc.)
  • Participate in and contribute to internal and external professional development about teaching, learning, and student personal growth.
  • Develop experiences that are designed to support student leadership development.
  • Supervise student chores in campus buildings; manage department resources.
  • Develop and maintain department budget.

Field staff recruitment, hiring, and supervision:

  • Recruit, hire, train, and directly supervise one full time adjunct field instructor/course director and multiple part-time field instructors.
  • Mentor/supervise an outdoor education Public Allies Fellow each year
  • Coach, mentor, and support instructors.

Risk Management

  • Work with student services, instructional and operations staff to insure that all outdoor experiences are appropriately planned and implemented in a manner that manages risk at an acceptable level and is consistent with professional standards.
  • Oversee ongoing accreditation through the Association for Experiential Education.
  • Oversee risk management for the following technical activities: backpacking, indoor & outdoor lead and top rope rock climbing, flat water canoeing, road & mountain biking, telemark skiing, camping, orienteering, river crossing, non-technical summer mountaineering, and initiative games.
  • Serve on the school risk management committee.
  • Oversee a system that insures interested staff are trained and qualified to lead outdoor experiences.

Student Support

  • Support adolescents as they are confronted with a variety of issues related to their personal and academic growth
  • Integrate restorative practices into outdoor education experiences
  • Create opportunities for students to participate in evening and weekend activities that excite and empower them and to increase their engagement in the community through outdoor education.
  • Participate in internal professional development to better support students

School Wide Involvement

  • Be interested in living on campus should housing become available.
  • Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams including acting as an advisor.
  • Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS including advisories, evening and weekend duty, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, driving, playing intramural sports for a house team, and other events.
  • Share your unique skills with the school (e.g., sports, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, magic tricks, etc…).
  • Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description.


Competitive salary and benefits package.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter, a resume, a brief skills self-assessment that indicates results produced in each of the five major areas of responsibility listed above, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) to info@eaglerockschool.org.  Clarifying questions can be sent to info@eaglerockschool.org.  No phone calls please.  We ONLY accept electronic submissions. NO paper or fax materials will be considered.

Hiring Timeline

Application Deadline:  October 27, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as we receive them)

Phone Interviews:  October 20-November 3rd, 2017

Three-Day Onsite Interviews: Early November 2017

Start Date:  No later than January, 2018

Fellowship Openings

The Public Allies Fellowship Program at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center provides twelve individuals with an advanced yearlong service and leadership development program focused on education and youth development at the nationally recognized Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center.

Through this unique service and training opportunity, Public Allies Eagle Rock Fellows will gain skills that will make them effective teachers, leadership trainers, and youth workers.

Fellows will work and live together in community with eleven other Public Allies Fellowship Program participants, students and staff at the school’s state of the art facilities in the Rocky Mountains northwest of Denver.

For detailed information including application materials click here.