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Field Instructor

Job Location

Denver Metro


Type of Job



15 + bonuses with applicable certs/training

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Published Date

May 13, 2021

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Job Description

Cottonwood Institute is looking for inspiring and passionate field instructors to lead 10 day outdoor programs this summer 2021 (starting June 1st) and additional programs throughout the year. Programs include: Explore Outside, Leadership and Team Building Project, Endangered Wolves Project, Sustainability Projects and Workshops, and CAP classes. CI partners with local schools and youth organizations to connect students to the outdoors through low impact camping and service-learning projects. Most programs operate in base camp settings throughout the Front Range, however, several programs involve backpacking into more backcountry areas throughout Colorado. We are looking to fill these positions immediately!



This is a variable-hour, non-exempt position. Base hourly rate starts at $15.00 per hour and you will be paid for the hours you are actively instructing on day and overnight camping trips. Field Instructors may work anywhere from 24 - 90 hrs per summer program depending on the program(s) worked. You are also eligible for overtime at time and a half if you work more than 12 consecutive hours in a day or more than 40 hours in one week. You may be covered by Cottonwood Institute's worker's compensation policy if you are injured on the job. You may be eligible for additional bonuses based on additional trainings, certifications, and field days worked for Cottonwood Institute.


About Cottonwood Institute

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.

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