Employment Opportunities


Fall Seasonal Field Instructor


Location:  Circleville, WV

Length of Employment: August 22-November 20, 2015

Deadline: Positions open until filled

Supervisor: Course Director


The Mountain Institute (TMI) is seeking outdoor professionals to lead high quality education and adventure based experiential education courses in a remote and challenging setting.

Institutional Background:

The Mountain Institute has a forty-year record of delivering practical and tangible solutions for mountain regions in the Himalayas, the Andes, and the Appalachians. Seasonal Field Instructors work within the Appalachia Program, based at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center in West Virginia. The Appalachian Program is focused on Mountain Learning education courses. These courses include single and multi-day residential courses, multi-day field courses in the Monongahela National Forest, and off-site courses at various locations in the Mid-Atlantic States. The mission of these courses is to help people become confident, competent individuals with a clear vision of their responsibilities and potential for improving the human condition and the natural world. For more information about Mountain Learning Programs, visit www.mountain.org/appalachian.



·         Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for students and guests

·         Prepare and deliver hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based lessons in a remote outdoor
          setting for both day and evening programs

·         Lead 1-5 day residential and field based programs in challenging settings that include
          hiking, canoeing, orienteering, caving, backpacking, and climbing components

·         Facilitate team and community building activities within groups

·         Implement and model excellent risk management strategies and administer first aid as

·         Teach and lead groups in the outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and on uneven terrain

·         Prepare facilities and gear before trips and clean facilities and gear at the end of trips

·         Prepare and cook meals for visiting educational and rental groups

·         Maintain a professional demeanor while interacting with groups and guests

·         Assist with facility upkeep as needed, including basic carpentry, repairs, vehicle
          maintenance, and general troubleshooting



·         Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

·         Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (Preferred)

·         Minimum of Wilderness First Aid & CPR/AED certification (Required)

*(WFR certification offered on site August 31st-September 8th)

·         Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills

·         Teaching experience, either formal or informal

·         Ability to confidently lead groups in a remote outdoor setting

·         Desire to teach and work with young people from varying social and economic

·         Working knowledge of the natural sciences

·         Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather

·         Desire to protect, conserve, and promote mountain ecosystems

·         Valid driver’s license

·         Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends

·         Positive attitude and unassailable work ethic

·         Desire to live in a remote place with an outstanding community of outdoor
          professionals and to work hard to make positive change in our world



Starting pay is $60.00 per day. Instructors are also provided with housing during their period of employment and board during programs.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: 

Melinda Brooks

Spruce Knob Mountain Center 

18 Woodlands Way

Circleville, WV 26804 


The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer