Wilderness Instructor

Wilderness Instructor

Eagle Rock School is a co-ed, residential, tuition free, private, non-profit, full academic curriculum high school designed to work with students who chose to enroll and who have dropped out of public high school.  The school is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. School capacity is 72 students.


Function as part of an instructor team for a 24-day wilderness backpacking course for  students new to the high school. The course is required for all students as part of their orientation trimester.  Program model is based upon the Outward Bound Process with unique modifications to fit Eagle Rock. The course focuses HEAVILY on personal growth and development.  Activities include backpacking, non-technical peak ascents, solo, trail service work, and 5-mile final run. Instructors are expected to support students throughout the course, provide feedback, model skills taught, and provide formative and summative assessments. Course dates, including a one-week orientation and 3 day course wrap-up are September 20- October 27, 2018. Field days are Oct 1 – Oct 24.  The course takes place in the Gila Wilderness Area in New Mexico.


Extended wilderness trip (21+ day courses) leadership experience.  Current WFR & CPR, familiar with Rocky Mountain terrain. Strong facilitation skills.  Ability to work long hours in difficult and stressful conditions. Excellent physical condition.  Clean driving record and experience driving multi passenger vehicles (15 passenger vans and/or mini busses).  Experience with NOLS/Outward Bound/WEA helpful. Experience working with diverse populations including a mix of GLBT students; students from low and middle income backgrounds; students from suburban, urban, and rural settings; and students from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds all of whom have not found success in traditional educational settings. Age ranges from 15-18.  Experience as a lead instructor desirable. Eagle Rock School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. ERS proactively seeks a diverse workplace and therefore members of ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.


General starting salary depends on experience.  Workers Comp insurance while on contract. Room and board during orientation week, and course wrap-up week.  Potential for work on future Eagle Rock courses.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, list of 3 professional references (2 of which must be from supervisors) to Eliza Wicks-Arshack, at eliza@eaglerockschool.org.

Hiring Timeline

We are committed to finding the right person.  This timeline is offered to give applicants a sense of our ideal process.  We intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this plan. However, we do realize that there might be a circumstance with the best candidate that would require us to shift our plan.  We hope the right person is not dissuaded from applying by incongruence between their commitments and our timeline.

Application Deadline:  August 1st, 2018 (applications will be reviewed as we receive them and should we fill the position before this date, we will take down the job posting)

Phone Interviews:  rolling

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action disclaimer:

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.