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2020 Summer Backpacking Lead Instructor

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Summer Backpacking Lead Instructor


Job Summary: Do you want to change the lives of local youth this summer through introducing them to outdoor adventure in the wilderness? Successful applicants will serve as the lead backpacking instructor for The Nature Connection’s  youth summer backpacking programs. Number, duration and focus of trips will be determined by enrollment and applicant availability.



-Work with The Nature Connection Leadership Team in all aspects of planning and execution of wilderness trips for middle and high school students that focus on safety and outdoor leadership skills 

-Responsible for decision-making and risk management risk 24 hours a day 

-Navigate a planned backpacking route under The Nature Connection’s operating guidelines

-Instruct up to 11 students in a backcountry setting for up to one week on topics such as wilderness ethics, Leave No Trace travel, wildlife, natural history, and backpacking skills.

-Mentor and supervise The Nature Connection Backpacking high school interns

-Ensure that trips meet health and safety guidelines while still providing a fun and exciting  learning environment to youth and interns


Position Requirements:

-Demonstrated experience in backcountry travel and leadership 

-Ability to carry 50+ lbs while hiking 5-10 miles a day in high altitude environments 

-Experience working/teaching youth in an outdoor environment

-Familiarity with the West Elks or other alpine Colorado Rocky Mountain ecosystems

-21 years or older

-Drivers License and clean driving record

-First Aid/CPR certificate required

-Wilderness First Aid or Responder certificate preferred

-Ability to navigate,  select suitable camping sites and adjust itinerary as needed

-Strong group facilitation, conflict mediation and communication skills

-Experience navigating backcountry environments (map and compass, GPS technology); survival skills; outdoor leadership skills

-Leave No Trace Trainer preferred


Compensation: Contract position 2-4 weeks depending on enrollment $125/day

Location: The Nature Connection HQ; 397 Bulldog Street Hotchkiss, CO 81419

Positions: 1 opening available 


Specific Trip Dates: 

Girls on the Run Middle School Backpacking Trips

      June 29 – July 2 & August 3 – 6

Summer Camp Overnights (negotiated w The Nature Connection)

     July 27-30 & August 3-6


Please Submit:

  1. Resume with cover letter to
  2. Three references
  3. Top candidates will be selected for an interview by The Nature Connection Leadership Team