Field Education Lead Instructor

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Monday, October 31, 2016, 8:00am



Jackson, WY
United States

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Teton Science Schools is an organization in northwest Wyoming and Idaho with six program areas sharing a common vision of place-based education. We have been teaching about the natural world and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 1967. TSS is deeply rooted in the outdoors, as place anchors and enriches our understanding of the world. Our organization has educated, trained, and inspired thousands of children, youth, and adults, bringing them together through the study of nature and place. We serve students from across Wyoming, the Intermountain West, the nation and the world. 

In Field Education, we use the wild lands of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge as our classrooms. Our various residential and day programs provide place-based and experiential education for all ages, all year long. Program themes range from fostering leadership skills to building awareness of sustainability issues. Our diverse curriculum imparts a deep understanding and appreciation for the unique natural history and ecology of the local area. Teton Science Schools’ model for experiential learning fosters hands-on/minds-on learning in the outdoors.

Position Description:
The lead instructor is a full time, year-round position within the Field Education team based out of the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools. The lead instructor provides customized field science and environmental education programming for youth, adult and family residential and non-residential programs. Programming may be based out of any campus of TSS; on outreach in other towns, states or countries; or on camping trips in front or back country settings. In addition to field instructor duties, the lead instructor serves as a mentor to other instructors, delivers trainings, provides feedback and serves as a liaison between instructors and faculty members.


Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field. Master’s degree in science, education or related field or teaching certificate in science preferred.

At least 1.5 years of experience teaching hands-on, inquiry-based field science or environmental science, ideally in a residential, outdoor setting.

Experience mentoring field instructors and providing feedback on instruction and lesson plans.

Experience teaching science and natural history in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and/or the willingness to commit to self-directed study in order to be prepared for instruction.

Experience managing risk, traveling and teaching in the outdoors, in all weather conditions.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching; willingness to be part of a small community.

Willingness to work long hours and untraditional work weeks including evening programs, front and backcountry camping programs, outreach, events and weekends.

Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team.

Willingness to be coached and receive feedback; willingness to coach others and offer feedback.

Willingness to take initiative, solve problems and manage a variety of tasks calmly, effectively and with humor.

Ability to hike at least five miles a day while carrying a full backpack.

Wilderness First Responder, AED and CPR certifications valid through end of employment.

Successful applicants must pass a criminal history background check, driving record review and drug screening prior to start date.

Teton Science Schools requires employees to be at least 21 years of age.



Develop and implement thematic, place-based, hands-on field science curriculum and evening programs for multi-day, outdoor learning experiences. Programs may include evenings and overnights in hotels or tents.

Differentiate and customize programs, curricula, and activities to meet the goals of diverse participant groups. Incorporate program logistics, student interests, teacher requests,  NGSS and state science standards and TSS educational framework into instruction. Participate in pre- and post-trip planning and debriefing meetings.

Mentor and guide Americorps members and instructors in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.

Facilitate the following while leading field groups of 7-13 people on hikes, cross country skiing, snowshoe and canoe excursions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:

Exploration of local natural history

Inquiry-based learning

Field research

Stewardship and citizen-science projects

Development of teamwork, communication and leadership, including facilitation of high and low elements on the Doug Walker Challenge Course

Responsibility for self and care of equipment

Hiking, backcountry travel and front- and backcountry camping skill development

Transference of subject matter back to participants’ home communities

Collaborate with faculty to facilitate seasonal and ongoing trainings for instructors and AmeriCorps members.

Manage participants’ physical, social, and emotional safety/risk and empower participants to become risk managers during all instructor-led activities.

Attend all staff trainings and meetings as required and assigned.

Assist with cleaning and maintaining residential lodges, teaching spaces, dining lodge, equipment and supplies.

Support all aspects of programming within Field Education and across other program areas of TSS.

Drive fifteen passenger vans and mini-buses to transport students, staff, and equipment to field sites.

Assist with other duties as assigned.



Yearly salary of $30,000

Health insurance, dental and vision coverage, wellness plan and retirement benefits

30 days vacation, 10 holidays and 10 sick days

Pro Deals from brand name outdoor companies

Wilderness First Responder recertification during employment

$500 per year towards TSS programming

Limited employee housing available on a first-come, first-served basis

Meals available while groups are on campus to staff who participate in the TSS Food Coop

Proximity to Jackson, Wyoming and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

How to Apply:

Please follow this link to complete an online application, which will prompt you to upload a cover letter and current resume.

Please send this link to three professional references.


Application Deadline: October 31, 2016 at 8am