Wilderness Instructor

Eagle Rock School: is a co-ed, residential, tuition free, private, non-profit, full academic curriculum high school in Estes Park, CO designed to work with students who chose to enroll and who are disengaged from school.  The school is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. All new students go on a 24-day wilderness course as the orientation to the school. www.eaglerockschool.org

Contract duration:  January 20 – February 22, 2020 and/or May 18 – June 20, 2020.

Responsibilities: 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.

Qualifications: Extended wilderness trip (21+ day courses) leadership experience.  Current WFR & CPR. Familiar with desert/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 or other similar organization helpful. Experience working with diverse populations including a mix of LGBTQ students; students from low and middle income backgrounds; students from suburban, urban, and rural settings; and students from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds; students who have not found success in traditional educational settings. Age ranges from 15-18.  Experience as a lead instructor desirable.

Salary/Benefits: 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: Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received.

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.