700 Coyote Canyon Road
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 Lead Instructor is a full-time, year-round, benefited position. The Lead Instructor provides customized field science and environmental education programming for youth, adult and family residential and non-residential programs. The Lead 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 serves as a mentor to other instructors and is as a liaison between instructors and faculty members. Teton Science School's Field Education department accepts field educator applications on a year-round, rolling basis. Our main hiring season for this position is outlined below. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and see individual position descriptions for details and current deadlines.
- 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 (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.
- 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.
- 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%)
- 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
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please include a cover letter with your application, as well as contact information for three (3) professional references.