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Field Instructor

Job Location

Jamestown, CO


Type of Job



$2669/month plus housing

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Published Date

Nov 27, 2022

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Cal-Wood Education Center is seeking energetic, flexible, hard-working, and motivated applicants for an exciting and rewarding field instructor position. Instructors are responsible for providing a fun and educational experience for a learning group made up of 10-15 students during each school’s visit. Typical programs are three-day / two-night programs with 4th – 6th graders. Our field instructors enjoy working in our beautiful 1,200-acre outdoor classroom with a team of other motivated individuals passionate about the outdoors, natural science, and education. We provide access to dynamic, hands-on science education in the field to students from all different backgrounds. Position runs Feb. 6 through Dec. 15, 2023 with the opportunity to extend for additional seasons. Option to take unpaid time-off in the summer and winter if the program schedule allows.


Lead a learning group made up of 10-15 students during each school’s visit. Typical programs are three-day / two-night programs with 4th – 6th graders.

Spend 4-8 hours/day, 3-5 days/week, leading programs outside in all seasons in the mountains of Colorado.

Design, teach, and evaluate environmental education programs in accordance with local curriculum standards.

Incorporate science, math, history, creative writing, art and team building into programs as requested by school.

Lead large group games, songs, skits, storytelling and campfires to ensure a positive, fun atmosphere for kids.

Facilitate two meals (breakfasts and/or dinners) and one night program (typically a night hike or campfire) each week.

Assist with cleaning and maintenance of program staff commons area, educational materials, gear room, and staff office/lounge.

Help the team keep Cal-Wood safe, comfortable and welcoming by setting up shade canopies, delivering water to groups in the field, building fires in the lodge and warming huts, shoveling snow,  etc.

Occasional projects in the field to help with forest fire mitigation, forest restoration and trail maintenance.

Note: Field instructors are not expected to spend the night with guests.

Qualities and Qualifications:

High level of personal motivation for continued learning, personal responsibility for individual projects, and flexibility are necessary to meet the demands of a dynamic residential work schedule.

Bachelor’s Degree in science, natural resource management, education, outdoor education, or other related field), as well as two years experience in education.

Work and live with a team of other motivated and passionate staff to support operations of a small non-profit organization.

Ability to pass background checks.

Ability to hike 1-4 miles daily, lift heavy objects, and maintain a positive attitude outdoors in all weather conditions.

First Aid/CPR knowledge or willingness to get certified required. Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications a plus.

Spanish ability is highly desired, but not mandatory.

Must be fully vaccinated


$2669/monthly plus housing.

Housing provided on site or nearby in Jamestown. Meals available when working programs.

Insurance available: 75% of health insurance premium covered by Cal-Wood. 100% dental insurance. 100% vision.

100% life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment premium

Retirement plan

Paid holidays

Paid vacation

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