AmeriCorps Program Mentor Instructor

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



700 Coyote Canyon Road
United States


Position Purpose:

In Field Education, we use the wild lands of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest as our classrooms. The AmeriCorps Program Lead Instructor/Mentor Instructor is a full-time, year-round, benefited position. This position will be a member of the Field Education team based out of the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools. The AmeriCorps Program Lead Instructor/Mentor Instructor will split time between supporting logistical operations of the TSS AmeriCorps Program, mentoring AmeriCorps members, and teaching as a Lead Instructor. This position will provide both high quality feedback to support the development of AmeriCorps members as educators, and customized field science and environmental education programming for youth, adult and family residential and non-residential programs.The Lead Instructor/Mentor Instructor brings depth of experience in science content and/or teaching pedagogy and models transformative place-based education and professionalism for the entire Field Education team. In addition to field instructor duties, the Lead Instructor/Mentor Instructor serves as a mentor to other instructors and is as a liaison between instructors and faculty members. This is a full-time, exempt position.


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field. Master’s degree in science, education or related field or teaching certificate in science preferred.
  • At least 1.5 years of experience teaching hands-on, inquiry-based field science or environmental science, ideally in a residential, outdoor setting.
  • 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.
  • Experience mentoring field instructors and providing feedback on instruction and lesson plans.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching; willingness to be part of a small community.
  • Experience managing risk and traveling and teaching in the outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Valid Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Valid Class C Driving License.
  • Minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Successful applicants must pass a criminal history background check and driving record review prior to start date.

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).


  • Teaching and Mentoring (80%):
  • Help design and lead training sessions for AmeriCorps members.
  • Observe, assess, and support AmeriCorps members’ teaching development, including field days, evening programs, video observations and observation debriefs.
  • Assist with leading weekly community meetings for the AmeriCorps team.
  • Monitor AmeriCorps member hour logs to ensure accurate documentation of service and assist with AmeriCorps office logistics.
  • Participate in service projects or community events along with AmeriCorps members.
  • Coach AmeriCorps members in the development of their projects at TSS and at other service sites in the community.
  • 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.
  • Mentor and guide AmeriCorps members and instructors 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.
  • Program Support (20%)
  • Share depth of experience in science content and/or teaching pedagogy and model transformative place-based education and professionalism for the Field Education team.
  • Serve as a mentor to other instructors and a liaison between instructors and faculty members.
  • 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.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.


  • Salary of $30,000
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 30 days paid vacation; 10 paid holidays; 10 paid sick days
  • $500 annually towards specific TSS programming
  • Pro Deals from brand name outdoor companies
  • Limited employee housing available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Meals available while groups are on campus to staff who participate in the TSS Food Coop
  • Proximity to Jackson, Wyoming and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please include a cover letter with your application, as well as contact information for three (3) professional references.