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Field Instructor- Fall Trips

Position Type Staff
Start 09/09/2019
School Name Westside School
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 07/11/2019

Westside's Outdoor Education program begins in 3rd grade. Through a variety of wilderness based outdoor experiences, each year introduces new skills and promotes individual student growth, teamwork, leadership, and adventure.

Position Summary:
Field instructors on Westside School outdoor trips are primarily responsible for outdoor skill instruction, leading activities and games, leading (or co-leading) decision making related to risk management, helping facilitate daily functions (meals, transitions, etc.), and sharing van driving responsibilities. We are currently looking for instructors for the following trips:

5th Grade: Camping and Hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park
9/10/19 - 9/13/19
The 5th grade will be camping for 3 nights, exploring the park through short day hikes, and bonding as a group through games, initiatives, and shared adventures.

6th Grade: Exploration on the Olympic Peninsula
9/10/19 - 9/13/19
This trip includes a one night ‘intro to backpacking’ in Olympic National Park, a visit to the Elwha River and dam site, tidepooling, and cultural activities with the Makah tribe.

Required Dates:
September 9, 2019 - September 13, 2019 with possible additional prep days the week prior.
  • Current CPR + WFA, WRF, or higher medical certification
  • Experience working with youth, preferably middle school age
  • Diverse outdoor experience
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Pass a Washington State background check
  • Current drivers license and willingness to drive 12-15 passenger vehicles
  • Preference given to candidates with experience leading outdoor overnight trips with youth in the specified trip regions, those with experience teaching LNT and other wilderness outdoor skills, and those who are able to participate in prep days (in person or via phone with teachers) before the trip.
$160 - $180 / day, depending on experience, for four field days, plus $100 / day for prep and orientation days.
If interested, or for more details regarding either trip and/or instructor responsibilities, please submit a resume and two references to Colleen McCullagh,
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