Explorations/Trout Creek, MTExplorations is a dynamic small program for teens and their families that uniquely offers summer adventure programs, family-based residential care and custom travel and family adventures. Our summer adventure offerings are 21 - 52 days in length, with separate groups for girls and boys, ages 13 - 18. We are seeking qualified and exceptional individuals to serve as full-time seasonal Summer Adventure Program Instructors for at-risk teens in an outdoor environment. Instructors are responsible to provide direct care and mentoring to our students while canoeing, biking, backpacking, and flat water rafting in the beautiful wilds of northwestern Montana!
Program Information: Explorations' Summer Adventure Program offerings are diverse and serve girls and boys ages 13 - 18, in separate 52-day sessions in various locations throughout northwestern Montana. Our field areas include the Cabinet Mountains, the Clark Fork River, and destinations in between. We also offer a 30-day adventure course for boys and a 21-day empowerment course for young women. Explorations' Summer Adventure offerings teach self-reliance, responsibility and accountability through rigorous outdoor activities such as backpacking, biking, and canoeing and individual and group therapy. Each offering teaches a no-trace environmental ethic and students participate in service work. Parents are invited to participate in a weeklong trip in the field with their child. Students are mentored by experienced, caring outdoor instructors and each small group is supported by a therapist. We prioritize students' emotional and physical safety and allow them to explore self-imposed limitations hands-on through adventure activities and individual and group therapy. Our adventure courses are appropriate for students who would benefit from the inherent challenges of an adventure curriculum yet do not need the intensity of a typical backpack-only therapeutic wilderness experience.
Responsibilities: We currently have openings for Summer Adventure Program Instructors: Lead, Instructor, & Apprentice levels. Each of these positions is a full-time, seasonal position for outdoor enthusiasts who want to share their love of the outdoors with teens. Instructors work in beautiful northwestern Montana while backpacking, canoeing, rock-climbing, rafting and biking! These individuals are responsible for safety, supervision and participant progression through all adventure curriculum elements. Supported by therapist and logistics personnel. Applicants must agree to criminal background and DMV checks and drug screen. We're looking for individuals who are high energy, creative, fun and able to safely mentor youth side-by-side during our expeditions. Competitive salary and gear deals. Applicants with education or interest in experiential education, outdoor recreation, psychology, or social work are encouraged to make application. EXCELLENT references a must!
Lead Instructor: Operates as the senior instructor on a team and provides supervision and instruction to other team members. Require a minimum of 3 years experience as field instructor, with increasing levels of responsibility. Certified as EMT-B, WEMT or WFR. Must be patient, team-player and able to manage difficult and complex situations in a field environment. Additional certifications a plus. Documented field hours and college degree in related field preferred. Range of personal and professional experience in a variety of outdoor activities. Must be at least 21 years old.
Instructor: Operates as key member of instructor team. Require at least 1-2 years experience working with youth, preferably in outdoor environments, with increasing levels of responsibility. Certified as EMT-B, WEMT, WRF. Experience with backcountry skills, navigation, and low impact camping and wilderness safety a must. Experience and/or certification in canoeing, flatwater rafting, biking, climbing a plus. May assume position of Lead Instructor in his/her absence. Must be at least 21 years old.
Apprentice Instructors: Assists in providing care and teaching back country skills to teens as member of a team. Requires love of the outdoors and desire to work with teens in outdoor environments. CPR/1st Aid & high school diploma or GED required. Must be at least 20 years old. Willingness to learn and add to a team of outdoor professionals.
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