Employment Opportunities

 

Current Opportunities:

Seasonal Field Instructor

Mountain Fundraising Intern

Mountain Communications Intern

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Seasonal Field Instructor

Location:  Circleville, WV
Length of Employment: August 25 - October 31, 2014 with possible extension into November
Deadline: June 13, 2014
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. We are also a leader in advancing the global agenda for sustainable mountain development. Our programs develop and apply tested approaches to conserve mountain habitats and resources, improve mountain economies, sustain mountain cultures, and strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environmental services in the face of climate change and other local and global pressures.
 
The Appalachia Program, based at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center in West Virginia, 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 region. The mission of these courses is to help people become powerful, secure, knowledgeable 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/appalachia.
 
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 hiking, canoeing, orienteering, caving, backpacking, canoeing, and climbing activities in the Monongahela National Forest
• Co-lead 1-5 day residential and field based programs
• Facilitate team and community building activities within field 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 and repairs and basic vehicle maintenance 
 
Requirements:
• Bachelor's Degree
• Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications (training is available on site August 12-20)
• 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 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
 
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: 
Jeff DeBellis
Spruce Knob Mountain Center 
18 Woodlands Way
Circleville, WV 26804 
 
The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
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Mountain Communications Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.
 
Semester: Starting this spring with the possiblity of extension
 
Deadline: Open until filled
 
Supervisor: Program Officer
 
Overview: 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.
 
Institutional Background:
The Mountain Institute (TMI) has a forty-year record of delivering practical and tangible solutions for mountain regions in the Himalayas, the Andes, and North America. We are also a leader in advancing the global agenda for sustainable mountain development. Our programs develop and apply tested approaches to conserve mountain habitats and resources, improve mountain economies, sustain mountain cultures, and strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environmental services in the face of climate change and other local and global pressures. For more information visit: www.mountain.org. 
 
Responsibilities:
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 Chris Czarnecki at cczarnecki@mountain.org
 
The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer