Summer Instructor – Adventure Risk Challenge

Yosemite National Park or Lake Tahoe, California

Position Description:

Bring your full self and be a part of an intentional, experienced, and passionate team! This is a full-time seasonal outdoor Instructor position based in either Yosemite National Park or Lake Tahoe. Instructors will work in teams to deliver 33-day or 11-day wilderness experiences (4-8 day backpacking trips, rock climbing, &/or whitewater rafting) interwoven with intensive literacy & leadership components at an outdoor basecamp (English & science classes, writing workshops, & facilitated community conversations). Instructors will attend our 10-day paid All Staff Training but should have the skills & experience to contribute to a well rounded team. This is an ideal position for candidates who love working with high school students and who share our commitment to diversifying the outdoors.

Instructor Responsibilities:

  • Create a safe, open, and inclusive culture for students & staff and work in a highly collaborative environment
  • Lead backpacking expeditions & basecamps following rigorous daily schedules
  • Teach backcountry outdoor living skills
  • Manage student safety in front & backcountry course environments and follow all risk management protocols
  • Drive students in SUVs between course areas
  • Teach a pre-planned component of ARC’s curriculum with your own unique style

English: guide students through the writing process & prepare students for our public speaking event

Environmental Science: teach observation-based lessons & prepare students for final science video project

Community Conversations: facilitate our identity and leadership development progression

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Has strong interpersonal skills & can connect effectively with high school aged youth & community members
  • Has self-awareness to responsibly facilitate conversations about identity, including race & gender, in demographically mixed groups
  • Has experience backpacking, leading wilderness expeditions, &/or teaching in any setting
  • Has experience managing risks outdoors
  • Has a commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Has strong organizational skills & attention to detail
  • Is flexible & adaptable under changing circumstances
  • Is able to work well in a team & independently
  • Has bilingual proficiency in Spanish & English (preferred but not required)
  • Has Wilderness First Responder & CPR certifications (required; can be obtained after hiring before work begins)

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