Seasonal Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 9:00pm



Gardiner, MT
United States

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Job Description:

Seasonal Instructor Primary Responsibilities:

  • Deliver clear, organized, and engaging programs to a diverse range of students with the goal of connecting visitors to Yellowstone and building a constituency for preservation
  • Demonstrate effective communication and teaching skills; adapt teaching methods to participants and situations, and empower participants to form their own opinions about complex issues
  • Articulate the YF mission and represent it accurately and positively; encourage participation in the organization through philanthropic support, volunteerism, and Institute programs
  • Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, to include (but not limited to) the natural, cultural, and geologic history, wildlife, and management issues  
  • Understand and follow YF policies and procedures and National Park Service regulations
  • Emphasize the protection of park resources, Leave No Trace practices, and adherence to YF’s Code of Ethics

Risk Management and Safety:

  • Operate vehicles, including 14-passenger minibuses and other vehicles, safely and defensively and follow appropriate vehicle safety checklists
  • Anticipate and manage potential hazards or group issues that might arise due to wildlife, terrain, weather, or student attitude/ability
  • Prepare students for the field through pre-course and daily orientations
  • Demonstrate sound judgment and the ability to manage a group effectively under changing, stressful, or emergency conditions
  • Follow YA emergency procedures and facilitate emergency response


  • Foster a collaborative, team-oriented environment with YF employees, volunteers and partners
  • Travel into Yellowstone, throughout the Greater Yellowstone area and other, as required
  • Other tasks as assigned by your Program Manager or other designated leadership

Basic Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the educational mission of the Yellowstone Forever Institute
  • Professional experience in teaching, environmental education, or interpretation
  • College degree in the natural sciences, education, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills
  • Team player with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds, stand for extended periods of time, hike up to eight miles in mountainous terrain, and work outdoors in all climate conditions common to the region
  • This position involves driving YF vehicles, therefore applicants must be 21 years of age or older and must hold and maintain a valid US driver’s license, and maintain a favorable driving record for insurance purposes.
  • The ability to pass and maintain a Department of Transportation medical exam
  • A satisfactory criminal background check are conditions of employment
  • Ability to represent YF in a courteous and professional manner
  • Ability to maintain positive working relationships with colleagues and park partners
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to sometimes work a flexible schedule, which may include nights and weekends when needed

  Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Working knowledge of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem preferred
  • Graduate degree, Wilderness First Responder, Certified Interpretive Guide, Leave No Trace, and other related certifications
  • Experience teaching adults and children (aged 8 and older)
  • Current CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications


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