Field Education Instructor

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Jackson, WY
United States

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In Field Education, we use the wildlands of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest as our classrooms. The Instructor provides customized field science and environmental education programming for youth, adult, and family residential and non-residential programs.


Commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching; willingness to be part of a small community.

At least one season of experience teaching hands-on, inquiry-based field science or environmental science, ideally in a residential, outdoor setting. More than one season is preferred. 

Experience managing risk and traveling and teaching in the outdoors in variable weather conditions.

Experience teaching science and natural history in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and/or the willingness to commit to self-directed study in order to be prepared for instruction.

Experience co-teaching and lesson planning within a teaching team.

Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field.

Valid Wilderness First Responder certification.

Valid Driver's License.

Minimum of 21 years of age.

Successful applicants must pass a criminal history background check and driving record review prior to start date.



Teaching (80%) 

Develop and implement thematic, place-based, hands-on field science curriculum and evening programs for multi-day, outdoor learning experiences. Programs may include evenings and overnights in hotels or tents. 

Incorporate program logistics, student interests, teacher requests, NGSS and state science standards and TSS educational framework into instruction.

Co-teach with AmeriCorps members and engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.

Facilitate the following while leading field groups of 7-13 people on excursions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:

Exploration of local natural history

Inquiry-based learning 

Field research 

Stewardship and citizen-science projects

Development of teamwork, communication and leadership, including facilitation of high and low elements on the Doug Walker Challenge Course

Responsibility for self and care of equipment

Hiking, backcountry travel and front- and backcountry camping skill development

Travel by foot, snowshoe, ski, and canoe depending on the season

Transference of subject matter back to participants’ home communities

Manage participants’ physical, social, and emotional safety/risk and empower participants to become risk managers during all instructor-led activities.


Educator Development (embedded within teaching)

Co-teach weekly with AmeriCorps members.

Support mentoring of AmeriCorps members through goal setting, program and lesson planning, daily debriefing and end of program reflection. 

Engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.


Program Support (20%)

Attend all staff trainings and meetings as required and assigned.

Assist with cleaning and maintaining residential lodges, teaching spaces, dining lodge, equipment and supplies.

Support all aspects of programming within Field Education and across other program areas of TSS.

Contribute to inclusive work and learning environments through continually developing cultural competency. Cultural competence is one’s ability to interact effectively across various dimensions of diversity. It lies at the intersection of awareness of others, self-awareness, and applying skills & knowledge to promote inclusion and equity.

Assist with other duties as assigned.


Working Conditions & Physical Requirements 

Programming based out of Jackson Campus, Kelly Campus, and Murie Ranch of Teton Science Schools.  Programming primarily based out of Jackson Campus but may be based out of any campus of TSS; may include outreach programming in other towns or states; or on camping trips in front- or back country settings.

Stretches of time outdoors in all weather, including extreme temperatures and arid conditions.

Able to drive 15 passenger vans and mini-buses for extended periods (up to 10 hours per day).

Able to carry a backpack of 20+ lbs for 8 hours a day over uneven terrain

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