Wilderness Field Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, July 28, 2017, 5:00pm



Circleville, WV
United States

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Job Description:

  • Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for students and guests.
  • Prepare and deliver hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based lessons in a remote outdoor setting for both day and evening programs.
  • Lead 1-8 day residential and field based programs in challenging settings that include hiking, backpacking, camp craft, orienteering, caving, stream ecology, forest ecology, geology, rock climbing, canoeing, stewardship projects, outdoor cooking, and survival skills.
  • Facilitate discussions and initiatives around leadership, communication, environmental stewardship, teamwork, creative problem-solving, and other subjects.
  • Implement and model excellent risk management strategies and administer first aid as needed.
  • Teach and lead groups in the outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and on uneven terrain.
  • Prepare facilities and gear before trips and clean facilities and gear at the end of trips.
  • Prepare and cook meals for visiting educational and rental groups under supervision of Kitchen Manager.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor while interacting with groups and guests.

Assist with facility upkeep as needed, including basic carpentry, repairs, vehicle maintenance, and general troubleshooting.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
  • Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (Preferred)
  • Minimum of Wilderness First Aid & CPR/AED certification (Required)
  • (WFR certification offered on site 19-27 August 2017)
  • Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Positive attitude, determination, and unassailable work ethic
  • Teaching experience, either formal or informal
  • Ability to confidently lead groups in a remote outdoor setting
  • Desire to teach and work with young people from varying social and economic backgrounds 
  • Curiosity about the natural world and willingness to learn academic natural science lessons
  • Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather
  • Ability to live in shared space with other instructors and practice positive self-care.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends

Desire to live in a remote place with an outstanding community of outdoor professionals and to work hard to make positive change in our world

How to Apply:

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: 

Melinda Brooks

Or, Melinda Brooks
Spruce Knob Mountain Center 
18 Woodlands Way
Circleville, WV 26804 

Compensation Information:


  • Starting daily compensation rate: $60.00
  • Room and Board during length of employment (valued at $10.00/day)
  • Social Security match (7.65% of gross salary)
  • Workers’ Compensation Coverage
  • 1 day of health leave per month worked
  • Temporary or seasonal employees with a contract of more than 130 days will accrue 1 day per month and up to a maximum of 5 days of paid time off.
  • Access to company pro deals
  • Opportunities for rapid organizational advancements