Community Adventure Program (CAP) Instructor

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$$18 - $20/hour for approximately 9 months at minimum 10 hrs/week

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Apr 29, 2021

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Cottonwood Institute is looking for an inspired and passionate educator with a willingness to learn and teach our CAP curriculum, teach our students with integrity, and work autonomously. As the CAP Instructor, the individual will teach the CAP curriculum at partner school locations. CAP Program is an award-winning elective class offered during the school day for academic credit. During CAP, students meet in class 3-5 days per week, challenge themselves on hikes and overnight camping trips, explore inspiring solutions to hyper-local environmental issues, choose an issue to address as a class, and collaborate with other local organizations to design and implement a student-directed Action Project to positively address their issue. CAP blends service learning, environmental education, and outdoor education. The individual chosen for this position will receive training in how to successfully implement the CAP curriculum (in-person and online). We are currently looking for a CAP instructor to work with our partner school(s) in Aurora. The full job description can be found on CI's Job Openings webpage. Applications due May 31st.


Cottonwood Institute (CI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides environmental education and service learning programs for middle and high school students. Our mission is to connect middle and high school students to the outdoors and inspire them to become leaders, problem-solvers, and changemakers in their communities. CI partners with local middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations to connect students to the outdoors through environmental education and service learning projects. We lead programs in Boulder, Denver, and Aurora and trips throughout the Colorado Front Range.


About AXL Academy

AXL Academy is a PK-8 Expeditionary Learning school in Aurora, CO that delivers a real-world experience for every scholar using expeditions, technology, and a community-based environment. AXL students demographics include: 14 distinct home languages; 34% second language learners; 75% free and reduced lunch rates; 38% Hispanic; 30% Black/African American; 23% white; 7% more than one race; and 3% Asian American, Indian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. AXL is rated as Performance by the CO Department of Education which is the highest rating a school can obtain. School culture at AXL centers on a “crew” culture that is based on the belief that the classroom is an extension of our community. Crew culture is developed and sustained through practices that bring the community together.