Other Outdoor Field Instructor
Who we are
Project U.S.E. is a private, nonprofit education organization with a focus on developing character, building community, enhancing traditional school curriculum, and connecting with the natural world. Founded in 1970, we work with almost 3,000 young people and adults annually from all over New Jersey and the northeast. We provide experiential education programs to public and private schools, state and municipal agencies, community groups and corporations.
The Wildcat Program provides single- and multi-day adventure-based wilderness programs, with an emphasis on character development. Activities include rock climbs, low & high ropes courses, canoeing, backcountry camping, and expedition travel on courses. The Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center, located in northern New Jersey, is a 50,000 acre wilderness area owned by Project U.S.E. Programs take place mostly in New Jersey, but longer trips travel to New England, West Virginia and other locations.
As a Wildcat Instructor you will deliver adventure-based programs to Project U.S.E. clients. As part of the Wildcat team, you are responsible for leading groups of 10-15 participants through activities and exercises that emphasize: leadership, teamwork, positive communication, trust, community, environmental education, conflict resolution, and connecting with the natural world. Instructing at Wildcat is never boring- each group brings a different perspective and challenge to the day.
What you’ll do
In your role, you will lead a mix of 1-day and multi-day courses with our groups. Courses may include the following: teambuilding activities, trust exercises, hiking, canoeing, orienteering, back-country camping, low & high ropes course elements & rock climbing. When you’re not on programs you may be: prepping food & gear for other programs, doing logistics work, light trail maintenance around basecamp or researching new program activities or locations.
Who you are & what you bring
A person who is passionate about education and a making a difference in the lives of young people. You are motivated, mature, and possess outstanding judgment and decision-making skills. You believe in our mission and are excited to impact the future generation in a positive way.
• Over 21
• Passionate about teaching or working with young people
• Ability to pass a background check
• Comfortable working outdoors in all types of weather
• Comfortable speaking in front of groups
• Clean Driver’s License
Nice to have…
• Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or Basic First Aid & CPR
• Lifeguard certification
• Experience with Outdoor Activities including: rock-climbing, canoeing, camping & backpacking
What’s in it for you
Wildcat Programs are a great way for you to gain experience teaching or working with young people in a non-traditional environment. Our program emphasizes teamwork, team bonding and leadership, skills that will be useful to have in many other positions. It’s also a chance to work in the great outdoors and share your passion for nature. For many Instructors, this job has been a gateway to other positions in the outdoor adventure field, classroom teaching, social work and other non-profit positions.
Position is Full-time Seasonal- starting immediately. Salary is $375-$425 per week dependent upon experience. Room & Board at our Staff House near Wildcat is also included.
How to ApplyPlease email us some information about yourself and your experience along with a copy of your resume. Send it to our Program Director Tracy Semar: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!
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