Seasonal Instructor

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Gardiner, MT
United States

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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
  • 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 YF emergency procedures and facilitate emergency response
  • Represent Yellowstone Forever and its mission accurately and positively
  • 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 the Program Manager, or other designated leadership


This is a seasonal, non-exempt position based in Gardiner, Montana. The hourly rate is based upon experience, with overtime paid for hours in excess of 40 hours per week. Affordable housing may be available for rent in Gardiner, Montana. Lodging is provided for programs based in the park interior. Yellowstone Forever employees also receive a 30% discount on most Park Stores products and a free Yellowstone Forever Institute Field Seminar each year.  Discounts on other courses and products are also offered.  Benefits of this position include knowing that your efforts directly benefit Yellowstone National Park and having the opportunity to work in one of the world’s premiere wilderness areas.


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