Backpacking Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:00pm


Anza, CA
United States

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Job Description:

Available Program Dates and Locations:

  •  Backpacking Instructor in Joshua Tree, CA (March 27- April 5)
  •  Backpacking Instructor in Point Reyes National Park, CA (April 1-7)
  •  Teambuilding/ Challenge Course Facilitator in Idyllwild, CA (April 21-22)


  • Minimum 21 years of age. 
  • Current first aid certification (WFR and CPR certification).
  • Outdoor teaching experience with adults and youth. Skills in: backcountry travel, rock climbing, flatwater canoeing, sea kayaking, LNT, team-building initiatives, environmental education and interpretation, and/or challenge course facilitation. 
  • Understanding of California and Southwest ecology and natural history preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in outdoor education or related field preferred. 
  • Ability to perform physically demanding work in the outdoors under harsh weather conditions on uneven terrain. 
  • Excellent communication, leadership and teamwork skills. Ability to work effectively alone and in groups.
  • Ability to work flexible hours. 
  • Ability to implement and model effective risk management practices and manage field risk for program participants; proven ability to manage group safety in the field.

 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement outdoor education programs for youth and adults, ensuring educational effectiveness and adherence to Boojum Institute curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Develop and conduct small and large group lesson plans based on client needs and established Boojum Institute curriculum.
  • Lead outdoor travel and outdoor activities such as expeditionary canoeing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, initiatives, Challenge Course events, evening programs and night-time supervision, formal lessons, and group discussions, that are age- and ability-appropriate, and in accordance with industry standards for education and safety.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of Boojum Institute’s backcountry stoves, tents, and other equipment, and backcountry policies and procedures, as appropriate for courses worked.
  • Conduct outdoor programming in accordance with current Leave No Trace ethics and techniques.
  • Adhere to all land manager regulations and policies on public lands.
  • Understand and adhere to all Boojum Institute general and field policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Effectively manage risk in the field.  Anticipate, prevent and respond to accidents, illnesses and other incidents.
  • Serve as emergency contact and perform emergency medical and disaster response, as needed.
  • Manage risk in the field, to include: following Boojum Institute risk management policies and procedures, developing systems for minimizing risk to participants during programs, and documenting medical and other incidents by completing Accident/Incident reports in a thorough and timely manner.
  • Perform logistical tasks such as packing and cleaning gear, cooking, maintaining and repairing equipment, and setting up and taking down camp, as appropriate for courses worked.
  • Drive Boojum Institute or other vehicles, as assigned.
  • Take part in staff meetings, educational meetings and trainings, as assigned.
  • Act to resolve customer problems quickly and satisfactorily, as appropriate. 
  • Perform physical tasks such as moving supplies, boats, and equipment.
  • Act in a courteous, responsible, respectful manner towards clients, partners, other Boojum staff, and the public
  • Participate in training, mentoring, and support of intern, volunteer and other instructional staff, as appropriate
  • Other duties, as assigned.

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, list of 3 references, and scans of all relevant certifications to If you would like more information on the opportunities we provide through our programs please email us! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.