The Mountain Workshop (MW) field instructors are responsible for safely co-leading school-aged children and teens in wilderness settings. Successful candidates will be at least 21 years of age, have outdoor adventure experience, as well as experience mentoring children and young adults and possess a strong enthusiasm for outdoor adventure.
MW field-staff work hard, often with long days, challenging overnights, and full seasons. The job requires field-staff to be energetic and flexible, to communicate clearly and effectively with clients and co-workers, and perhaps most of all, to be patient with young people as they explore the fringes of their comfort zones. You may find yourself leading trips in some of the most spectacular natural settings in the northeast, including New England, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, the Hudson and Delaware River Valleys, among other destinations. Workplaces like these can make even the hardest day well worth the amazing experience.
Specific responsibilities include leading, facilitating, or participating in some or all of the following activities:
- Flat Water Canoeing
- Moving & Whitewater Canoeing
- Voyageur Canoeing
- River Kayaking
- River Rafting
- Rock Climbing & Rappelling
- Challenge Courses High & Low Ropes Facilitation
- Map & Compass Orienteering
- Bike Touring
- Nature Study
- Day Hikes
Staff are hired based on their judgment, experience, enthusiasm, teaching skills, relevant certifications, ability and desire to learn technical and group management skills, and overall attitude.
Field Staff Positions:
Instructor: (Day and Multi-Day Instructors)
Staff hired at an entry-level position. New instructors are generally paired with Lead Instructors who are familiar with MW’s style, program sites, and instructional techniques. New instructors also have the opportunity to participate in many valuable field-related trainings, many leading to a certification.
Lead Instructor: (Day & Multi-Day Instructors)
Lead staff carry the responsibility of ensuring the safety and quality of a program. Promotion to the position of Lead Instructor comes when an individual is assessed as having the skills and experience necessary to assume full responsibility for a Mountain Workshop program. Lead Instructors are identified by their exemplary levels of leadership, facilitation, technical skills and experience.
Ropes Course Manager: (Day & Multi-Day Instructors)
Will serve as the team leader for the both the high and low ropes course. The ideal candidate will have experience on a variety of ropes courses, and ropes course facilitation experience. Must hold up-to-date CPR and First Aid certifications and complete a training class on our ropes course prior to the start of the position. The candidate should also have experience organizing, implementing and managing ropes course activities (team building, low, and high rope elements) and must be at least 21 years of age. The ropes courses will serve a residential camp during the summer months and host a variety of school groups in the fall.
Internship: (Day & Multi-Day Instructors)
Interns will report to the Director of Development and will involve assisting him in the planning, design, staging and implementation of a variety of outdoor adventure and experiential education programs. Interns can expect to be exposed to the entire range of our business including: staff training, program design, facilitation, resource management, office management, logistics and staff management.
Rock-Climbing Specialist: (Day Programs)
The rock-climbing specialist will work Awesome Adventures day programs in CT and NY. The specialist must have the ability to set-up/take-down top-rope climbing sites, teach basic climbing skills and be able to safely manage a rock-climbing site. Qualified applicants must possess a rock climbing certification from a nationally recognized organization.
Trailmark Schools Programs: We have day and overnight trips for K-12 grade students that run in the spring and fall in CT, PA, UT, and NY. These experiential based programs are focused on the development of quality relationships, positive school culture, leadership skills, effective communication and personal responsibility.
1 or more years experience working with youth preferably in an outdoor setting
Experience leading expedition style programs and/or personal outdoor knowledge.
You must be 21 years of age to apply for an instructor position.
You must have a clean driving record (DMV and criminal background checks will follow interview).
New hires must be available for mandatory pre-season trainings.
MW’s current minimum first-aid standard is: American Red Cross First-Aid/AED/CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Wilderness First-Aid (SOLO), ACA Essentials of River Canoeing, ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring and ARC Lifeguard with waterfront module training. (These certifications will be offered “free of charge” for employees who commit to the full programming season.)
At-Will seasonal employment
Per-Diem rates are highly competitive within the industry and are determined based on education, seniority, and field experience
Limited employee housing is available for staff contracted for a full season (May-October)
Food provided on all overnight trips
Extensive training in the aforementioned program related skills, including widely recognized certifications in the areas of boating, Wilderness First-aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding for employees committed to an entire programming season
Pro-Deal discounts to staff from the best equipment and clothing manufacturers in the industry
Our staff members are dynamic, energetic people committed to creating personal growth opportunities for youth in the outdoors. They come from many different professional backgrounds including school teachers, park rangers, athletic coaches, camp counselors, ski instructors and patrollers, river guides, outdoor equipment retailers, adventure course facilitators, social workers, military veterans, college students, full-time parents, and even a few folks from the mainstream corporate world.
Does this sound like a good fit for you?
Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year, although priority will go to staff that apply early and commit to a full season. One of the best parts about working for The Mountain Workshop is the incredible community of people with whom you will be working. Come join us and make a difference in people’s lives – including your own!
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