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Field Instructor with Momentum Young Adult

Purpose, passion, and a love of the outdoors are what Momentum is all about!

Field Instructors play an integral role in the growth of our students through constant supportive supervision, mentoring, and facilitating safe engagement in the program's many aspects of outdoor adventure. Adventure opportunities include wilderness backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, and mountain biking, where students are able to practice problem solving and self-reliance, along with all of the backcountry skills introduced on campus. While at basecamp you will guide our students as they attend classes regularly and build life skills by cooking in our commercial kitchen, cleaning their living space, gardening, practicing yoga and implementing daily mindfulness routines.

Momentum is a campus-based adventure therapy program designed exclusively for struggling young adults ages 18-25 who uncover their trail to success by overcoming new challenges in a safe and supportive environment.

Primary Responsibilities and Tasks:

Provide supervision to ensure safety and well-being of students.
Monitor day-to-day health and safety concerns.
Assist in facilitating valuable experiences for growth and development for students.
Observe and record student growth and development on a daily basis.
Demonstrate and teach Base and Adventure skills, use of field equipment, gear, and supplies necessary for successful participation in the program.
Maintain calm and supportive demeanor when students are experiencing strong emotions.

A qualified candidate will meet the following requirements:

Above the age of 21
Ability to pass a drug screen and background check
Willingness to sleep outside if an overnight camping trip is planned during your shift
Ability to fulfill physical demands of adventure programming from hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, etc.
Ability to identify, assess, and manage risk in a backcountry setting
Demonstrates resilience, grit, and adaptive problem solving
Ability to form healthy relationships with strong boundaries
Willingness to give and receive growth oriented feedback to and from peers
Ability to work 15/13 schedule (15 consecutive full days of work followed by 13 days off!)

You're a step ahead if you have experience with the following (but will train you if you don't!):

Experience in outdoor recreation such as backpacking, hiking, camping, canoeing, rafting, mountain biking, and/or rock climbing
Leadership experience, either in a professional or outdoor setting
Experience working with young people, including setting and holding behavioral limits
Practice with a regular self-care routine to maintain personal wellness
Holds a current certification in CPR and First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder
A 1-year commitment is necessary to begin work with Momentum. Staff work a shift rotation of 15 days immersed in the program, followed by 13 days off to relax, travel, and adventure. The Instructor role has often been called “the hardest job you’ll ever love”; it requires a firm commitment to compassion, a desire to effect positive change in the lives of young people, and the ability to be a resilient problem solver.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $2,400.00 - $2,850.00 per month


Dental insurance
Employee discount
Health insurance
Health savings account
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
Vision insurance