Employment Opportunities

Current Opportunities:

Appalachia Program Director

Seasonal Field Instructor

Mountain Fundraising Intern

Mountain Communications Intern

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Appalachia Program Director

 
 
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Seasonal Instructor

Location:  Spruce Knob Mountain Center - Circleville, WV
Job Dates:  Late August- mid November
 
We will begin hiring for these positions after June 1 2014 and all hiring will be done by the end of July.
 
Qualifications:

Required:

•  Effective communication, leadership and interpersonal skills

•  Teaching experience (formal or non-formal)

•  Confident leading groups in a remote outdoor setting

•  Desire to teach and work with young people from varying economic backgrounds 

•  A working knowledge of the natural sciences and experience working in the outdoors especially in inclement weather

•  Desire to protect and conserve mountain ecosystems

•  Bachelor's Degree or equivalent life experience

•  Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications (training is available on site in August)

•  Valid driver’s license

•  Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends

•  Positive attitude

•  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

Desired:

•  Knowledge of West Virginia flora and fauna 

•  Experience leading canoe trips

Benefits:

Starting pay is $65.00 per day. Instructors also receive room (space to pitch a tent or a bed in a dormitory room with other Instructors) and board during their period of employment

Position Description:

 Instructors at Spruce Knob are professionals who have dedicated themselves to working with youth; they have the ability to mentor and teach skills in a culture of joy and optimism that youth can relate to. They are cornerstones to the success and implementation of our Mountain Learning Programs.  It is their responsibility to guide groups of students through back and front country settings with skill, knowledge, and passion through meaningful experiences drawing out essential lessons along the way.  Instructors are responsible for preparing, teaching, and guiding groups of students and adults through high quality educational and recreational programs.  Instructors typically work five days a week, although there will be some longer blocks of work required.

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Responsibilities:

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

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

•  Lead small groups on day adventures (hiking, canoeing, orienteering, caving) through National Forest

•  Occasionally co-lead 3-5 day field courses. Activities may include, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking and caving

•  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

•  Will be responsible for cleaning facility and gear as part of both pre and post trip

•  Prepare and cook meals for visiting educational and rental groups

•  Maintain a professional demeanor while interacting with groups and guests

Instructors will participate in all aspects of managing the facility, including: cooking, minor carpentry and repairs, general logistics and emergency response. Typically, these activities fit into slow weeks and take place during scheduled work time. 

Program Description:

Mountain Learning education programs bring adventure, conservation, and education together in an academically rigorous environment. The diverse courses offered through these educational programs focus on leadership development and cooperation through hands-on activities and exploring the great outdoors.  Mountain Learning programs help students become powerful, secure, knowledgeable individuals with a clear vision of their responsibilities and potential for improving the human condition and the natural world.

Our programs can be broken into six general categories:
 
 
For further description of programs please click on the following link:
 
To Apply for the Resident Instructor position please send a cover letter, resume and three references to: 
 
Casey King
Spruce Knob Mountain Center 
18 Woodlands Way
Circleville, WV 26804 
or call (304) 567-2632 for more information.
 
The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Mountain Fundraising Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.
 
Semester: Starting this spring with the possibility 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 organizational growth and development.
 
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:
Produce donor thank you and acknowledgment letters, and other donor correspondence
Data entry and donor information tracking in databases such as Giftworks and Constant Contact
Assist and undertake individual donor and prospect research
Help identify and track prospects for foundation and agency fundraising in close coordination with TMI directors and other development staff.
Support preparation, research, and submission of grant proposals and proposal reports
Filing and archiving of documents, proposals and reports
Support the Executive Director, development staff, and Trustees to enhance TMI’s overall funding, particularly for unrestricted support
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 donor management systems a plus
Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and other design software a plus
Be hard-working and motivated
Have excellent oral and written communication skills
Have exceptional organizational skills and 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 Fundraising Internship Application” to Program Officer Chris Czarnecki at cczarnecki@mountain.org
 
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