Internship Field Interns – Colorado and Utah
Field/Support Interns in the Rocky Mountain Program and he Southwest Program have two primary roles: learning the ropes of instructing and supporting field courses logistically. Through these roles, Interns will gain a comprehensive appreciation for outdoor education program management and the Field Instructor position.
The position starts with a 10-14 day wilderness and basecamp based training, and offers approximately three weeks of field time in an observational and mentored capacity, working directly with students in the mountains of Colorado. The remainder of the time will be spent supporting the programs logistical needs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Partake in an extended wilderness based training, with focus on personal and instructional skill development.
• Commitment to building a positive, inclusive basecamp community.
• Support program logistical needs through collaboration with supervisor and instructional team to plan and execute course support needs.
• Work directly with students in support role as a travel chaperone, on call support and evacuation support.
• Work as part of a team to manage ongoing basecamp needs such as recycling, vehicle maintenance and checks, preparing and stocking basecamp facilities, assisting with staff dining hall food inventory, meal planning, and cleaning as assigned.
• Facilitate course gear and food issue, gear care, resupplies, and course end de-issue.
• Support the emergency on-call system through assisting with evacuations, and being part of the logistical on-call system.
• During field portion, participate in mentored role as part of the instructional team. Support students and co-instructors through role modelling, assisting with teaching, one-on-one coaching while developing instructional skills.
Skills and Abilities
• Minimum 21 years old
• Backcountry skills to include: backpacking, camp craft, navigation, leave no trace principles, and basic rock and/or mountaineering experience.
• Medical Certification: Wilderness First Aid & CPR, WFR prefered
• Valid Drivers License
• Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to running, swimming, backpacking and mountaineering.
• Expect long days in both support and field roles. Environmental conditions can be harsh; cold, windy, hot, with high altitude.
• Ability to lift and move a minimum of 65 pounds. Position requires lifting, bending, kneeling, crawling, climbing at heights, hiking, scrambling, etc.
Education and Work
• Outward Bound or other extended wilderness expeditionary is preferred.
• Prior experience with youth, coaching or leading trips preferred.
• 12 week Internship.
• $500/month stipend following initial training portion of internship, plus room and board are provided.
• 10-14 day Intern training plus additional field skills development opportunities throughout the summer.
• Approximately 18 off days over the course of the summer. Days off will vary based on schedule. Interns are expected to be able to commit to the entire internship block.
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