Employment Opportunities

Current Opportunities at TMI

Fall Seasonal Field Instructor - Appalachian Program, West Virginia

Communications Intern - Headquarters, Washington, D.C. 



Fall Seasonal Field Instructor  

Location:  Circleville, WV

Length of Employment: August 24th – November 18th 2016

Deadline: Positions opened until filled

Supervisor: Course Director

Position Overview:

Based at the remote Spruce Knob Mountain Center in West Virginia, Field Instructors of the Appalachian Program lead students on “Mountain Learning” courses, helping people become confident, competent individuals with a clear vision of their responsibilities and potential for improving the human condition and the natural world.

Our courses typically serve students in 5th-12th grade, from schools in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, D.C, and New York. Courses include 1-2 day residential courses on our 400-acre mountain property, 1-2 day field courses in local communities, 4-8 day field courses in the nearby Monongahela National Forest, and a variety of off-site courses throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, including the Appalachian Trail.

Field Instructors help students gain confidence, experience, and appreciation for mountains through lessons and activities such as hiking, backpacking, campcraft, orienteering, caving, stream ecology, forest ecology, geology, rock climbing, canoeing, outdoor cooking, and survival skills. In addition, Field Instructors tailor courses to meet the thematic goals of each school we serve, leading students in discussions and initiatives around leadership, communication, environmental stewardship, teamwork, and creative problem-solving.

For more information about Mountain Learning Programs, please visit www.mountain.org/appalachian.

Institutional Background:

The Mountain Institute works to conserve mountain environments, preserve mountain cultures and sustainably develop mountain economies. Founded on the slopes of Spruce Knob in West Virginia in 1972, we are now headquartered in Washington D.C. with locally-staffed offices in Nepal (Himalayas), Peru (Andes) and West Virginia (Appalachians). The Appalachian Program’s primary focus is to provide quality educational programs that take students beyond the classroom, with a focus on interpersonal development in a rigorous and challenging outdoor setting. 



•         Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for students and guests.

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

•         Lead 1-8 day residential and field based programs in challenging settings that include hiking,  
          backpacking, campcraft, orienteering, caving, stream ecology, forest ecology, geology, rock
          climbing, canoeing, outdoor cooking, and survival skills.

•         Facilitate discussions and initiatives around leadership, communication,
          environmental stewardship, teamwork, creative problem-solving, and other subjects.

•         Implement and model excellent risk management strategies and administer first aid as needed.

•         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 under supervision of Kitchen

•         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)

o   *(WFR certification offered on site August 15th- August 23rd, 2016)

•         Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills

•         Positive attitude, determination, and unassailable work ethic

•         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

•         Curiosity about the natural world and willingness to learn academic natural science lessons

•         Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather

•         Desire to protect, conserve, and promote mountain ecosystems

•         Ability to live in shared space with other instructors and practice positive self-care.

•         Valid driver’s license

•         Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends

•         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


Communications Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Supervisor: Program Officer

The Mountain Institute is seeking an enthusiastic intern with a passion for mountains and the environment to work for approximately 10-15 hours per week in our Washington, DC headquarters office. This intern will support our communications and social media work.


  • Support TMI’s social media efforts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Help establish and support a new mountain blog through managing the production of postings and supporting guest bloggers
  • Assist with the production of printed communications, E-newsletters and other communication products
  • Maintain and update content on TMI’s web sites
  • Capture sustainable mountain development news and issues through global alerts and other mechanisms for distribution on TMI’s web sites, social media, blog, etc.
  • Assist in the design of public outreach and communication materials
  • Develop an online photo library for internal and other use
  • Develop an online library of TMI publications and disseminate as needed
  • Support TMI’s Executive Director in global partnership building to advance the “mountain agenda” including with the Mountain Partnership, Mountain Forum, IUCN, etc.
  • Provide support at speaking engagements and events
  • Provide other institutional support as needed

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least two years into an undergraduate program, or working toward a master’s degree.  A program/degree related to the environment or communications is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience with social media
  • Knowledge and experience with website content management systems a plus
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and other design software a plus
  • Hard-working and motivated
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Well organized with the ability to work independently as well as with others
  • Be able to meet deadlines

Compensation: Unpaid. For all unpaid internships, applicants must be enrolled in a university or college, and we will work with them to obtain academic course credit from their university if possible.

To Apply: E-mail a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Mountain Communications Internship Application” to Program Officer Claire Jones at cjones@mountain.org