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30 Mar 2018

Trek & Backpack Lead Instructor for 21-Day Young Women’s Outdoor Expedition

Environmental Traveling Companions – Posted by riverprogram San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

Program Description:
The Youth LEAD (Leadership, Environment, Adventure, and Diversity) Program (YLP) trains diverse groups of high school students in environmental education, leadership and outdoor skills development. The YLP 14- and 21-day courses incorporate multiple course elements (sea kayaking, backpacking, white water rafting) along California’s watershed to expose youth to an array of outdoor and personal development experiences. Students use the various activities and ecosystems to learn about watershed ecology, natural history, environmental sustainability, and personal empowerment through lessons, storytelling, and team building activities.

Job Responsibilities:
The female-identifying Lead Instructor will work with the Youth LEAD Program Manager to deliver safe, educational, and enjoyable wilderness courses for a diverse group of under-represented young women. The Lead Instructor will work collaboratively with a co-instructor, a group of 4-6 volunteer guides, and instruct a group of 10-14 students for the entire 21-Day course. The instructor will lead or assist in facilitation of activities and lessons on outdoor skills and safety, natural and cultural history, environmental stewardship, positive communication, and female identity in a changing society. They will also provide program oversight of all YLP logistics. These logistics include but are not limited to: van driving, preparing and packing food, writing student and personal evaluations and completing other necessary paperwork, as needed. This position reports directly to the YLP manager.

Program Dates:
May 19th – 20th: Inclusion Training at Camp Lotus, CA river property (optional)
June 7th – 11th: Instructor Training on Angel Island and Fort Mason Center, SF (mandatory)
June 24th – July 14th: 21-Day Young Women’s Course: Ropes Course, Sea Kayaking on Tomales Bay, Expedition Backpacking through Sierras, Whitewater Rafting on S. Fork of the American River (Instructor Prep June 20, 21, 23; Post Day July 15)

● Current Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification or higher
● Past employment as an instructor in a backcountry setting during extended expeditions
● Experience working with diverse groups of urban, under-resourced youth
● Experience guiding backpacking trips
● Ability to communicate positively, values feedback, and able to work in a team environment
● Experience working as a sea kayak or rafting guide/instructor (preferred)
● * Hiring dependent on background check and DMV driver check
Salary: Depends on Experience
Application deadline: April 6th

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and detailed cover letter explaining your background and how this job pertains to your future goals to Alicia Thompson at

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Trek & Backpack. Job Tags: backpacking, environmental education, instructor, outdoor education, sea kayaking, and white water rafting.

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