Employment Opportunities

 

Summer & Fall Resident Field Instructor

 

Location:  Circleville, WV

Length of Employment: Starting Immediately – November 20, 2015

Deadline:Open Until Filled

Supervisor: Course Director

 

Overview:

The ideal Resident Field Instructor is a Jack or Jill-of-all-Trades with a strong work ethic and keen judgment.Their primary responsibility is to lead high quality education and adventure based experiential education courses in remote and challenging settings. They will also assist with program and rental support in an “on-call” role and with the upkeep of a 400 acre facility that includes multiple buildings, a fleet of vehicles, farm animals, fields, and woodlands.

 

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 Appalachian 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.

 

Responsibilities:

·         Education

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

o   Lead 1-8 day residential and field based programs in challenging settings that include
     hiking, canoeing, stewardship activities, orienteering, caving, backpacking, and
     climbing components

o   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

o   Facilitate team and community building activities within groups

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

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

·         Program/Rental Support

o   Prepare and cook meals for visiting school and rental groups under direction of
     kitchen manager

o   Be on the rotating “on-call” schedule (during on-call weeks, Resident Instructors
     serve as the primary liaison for schools, events, and other facility guests)

o   Maintain a professional demeanor while interacting with groups and guests

o   Assist with facility upkeep as needed, including basic carpentry, repairs, road and
     vehicle maintenance, animal husbandry, landscaping, and general troubleshooting

 

Requirements:

·         Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

·         Current Wilderness First Responder (preferred)

·         Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications required

•         (WFR certification is available on-site 8/31-9/8)

·         Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills

·         Ability to change gears between varied tasks

·         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 backgrounds 

·         Working knowledge of the natural sciences

·         Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather

·         Desire to be an ambassador for the The Mountain Institute specifically and mountain ecosystems
          in general

·         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

 

Benefits:

Starting pay is $65.00 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 

mbrooks@mountain.org

 

The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Operations Support Specialist

 

Location:  Circleville, WV

Length of Employment: Starting Immediately – November 21, 2015

Supervisor: Program Officer

 

Overview:

The Mountain Institute (TMI) is seeking an Operations Support Specialist to assist with facilities management, outdoor education course logistics, emergency response, farming operations, guest relations, general hospitality and occasional field instructing.  The successful candidate will enjoy interacting with people and juggling a constantly shifting set of priorities.  The job is equally suited to an education professional that is interested in broadening experience to include logistics and management, or a hospitality or maintenance professional interested in becoming more involved in education.   

 

Institutional Background:

The Mountain Institute promotes conservation, culture, and community in the Himalayan, Andes, and Appalachian mountain regions. The Appalachian Program focuses on experiential education courses for youth in grades 5-12. 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. Courses are based out of TMI’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center, a 400 acre property adjacent to the Monongahela National Forest. For more information about Mountain Learning Programs, visit www.mountain.org/appalachian.

 

Operations Support Responsibilities (75%):

 

•         Outdoor education course logistics

o   Prepare, service, and clean gear such as stoves, tents, and water filters

o   Assist with vehicle shuttles

o   Assist in kitchen as needed

o   Assist with any emergency response actions

•         Facilities Management

o   Maintain use and service records of vehicles

o   Perform basic vehicle maintenance and repairs

o   Perform basic carpentry tasks

o   Clean, empty trash, and complete other routine tasks

o   Feed and tend to goats, pigs, and other farm animals

•         Hospitality Services

o   Prepare rental units prior to guests’ arrival and clean following their departure

o   Act as a “point person” for guests, orienting them to the facilities as well as
     opportunities in the nearby National Forest

 

Field Instructing Responsibilities (25%):

  • Conduct high quality adventure based experiential education courses in a remote
    and challenging setting.
  • 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 1-8 day field based programs in challenging settings that include hiking,
    stewardship activities,  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 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
  • 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

 

Requirements:

•         Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

•         Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills

•         Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather

•         Interest or experience in hospitality, guest relations, and working with both adults
          and children

•         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

•         Current Wilderness First Responder (preferred)
          Wilderness First Aid and CPR (required)
          *(WFR certification offered on site August 31st-September 8th)

 

Benefits:

Housing is provided and food is available during programs.

 

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

David Colby Martin

SpruceKnob Mountain Center 

18 Woodlands Way

Circleville, WV 26804 

dmartin@mountain.org

 

The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Fall Seasonal Field Instructor

 

Location:  Circleville, WV

Length of Employment: August 22-November 20, 2015

Deadline: Positions open until filled

Supervisor: Course Director

Overview:

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.

 

Responsibilities:

·         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
          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

·         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

 

Requirements:

·         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
          backgrounds 

·         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

 

Benefits:

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 

MBrooks@mountain.org

The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer