Outdoor Educators create the magic at Wilderness Inquiry as they bring programming to life in the field–whether on school grounds or National Park lands. Outdoor Educators are dynamic facilitators who share their excitement for exploration and learning, while building community with Wilderness Inquiry’s youth participants.
This position is hiring for experiences that are primarily within the Twin Cities Metro Area during the summer of 2021. Activities during these experiences range from teambuilding games to hands-on science inquiry. All sessions are expected to have a mix of engaging instruction, interactive activities, and reflective debriefs. We promote place-based learning and as much as possible want to facilitate opportunities for student-led activities. Currently, most activities this summer are expected to be land-based; however there is potential for water-based experiences such as canoeing.
WILDERNESS INQUIRY VALUES:
At Wilderness Inquiry, we believe that everyone belongs. We work to ensure this belief holds true in our workplace, in our community, and in the outdoors. We pursue this belief through our mission and shared values of paddling together, seeking the exceptional, and finding a way.
Our youth program, referred to as Canoemobile, introduces youth and young people from historically marginalized communities to the outdoors. We recognize that as an industry, there is much to do to increase representation in our field to reflect the communities we aim to serve. We also know that diversity of identities, experiences and ways of thinking result in better solutions for our communities. For this reason, we especially encourage folks from communities who experience systemic barriers — including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities — to apply for this position.
Outdoor Educators are classified according to skill and experience and compensated on an hourly basis, starting at $15/hour or commensurate with licensure or experience. This season Outdoor Educators will be on site with other leaders, but will be responsible for working with and facilitating activities for their pod of youth that may range from 8 to 20 participants.
Wilderness Inquiry is hiring for a specific six-week program schedule in addition to other day-trip opportunities. Preference is given to those available for the entire six-week summer program; however if you do not have availability for the full program, you may be considered for other program options.
Required Training: June 14, 2021-June 18, 2021
We are hiring for a few different types of positions working with youth this summer. We are hiring for a six week program during the below dates (in addition to the training above):
June 21, 2021-July 29, 2021 (no programming on July 5)
Actual times may vary based on school sites and student schedules but a typical day would run from approximately 8:30AM-3:30PM with a 30-minute lunch break.
In addition, we are hiring for day experiences throughout the Twin Cities region to work with school groups, camps, and other groups of youth of all ages. These may take place any day of the week, with most of the work during weekdays.
The primary responsibility of an Outdoor Educator is to lead engaging and welcoming educational activities through outdoor experiences. Outdoor Educators are responsible for the lives and well being of Wilderness Inquiry participants during a Wilderness Inquiry adventure. Life as an Outdoor Educator can be fun, exciting, and incredibly rewarding, but it is also a tremendous amount of responsibility and it can involve a lot of hard and challenging work.
Group Facilitation & Education
- Provide excellent leadership and facilitation for youth participants and potentially families in an outdoor setting.
- Collaborate with your team to build a safe, engaging, and welcoming learning environment.
- Possess flexibility and creative problem solving.
- Dedicate time to learn about Wilderness Inquiry’s curriculum, learning objectives, and student outcomes.
- Demonstrate an understanding of place-based education and facilitation strategies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the variety and complexities of relationships youth and young people may have with the outdoors based on race, gender, experiences, and backgrounds.
- Uphold Wilderness Inquiry’s Trail Community Agreements
Technical Skills & Safety
- Provide emergency first aid and conduct and/or assist in medical issues including those related to COVID-19. Outdoor Educators must agree to follow and uphold all COVID-19 policies and practices required by Wilderness Inquiry.
- Use effective judgment and decision making regarding trip implementation.
- Assess participant ability and set realistic expectations to safely and effectively meet participant needs.
- Care for equipment and supplies.
- Proficiently perform activities conducted on Wilderness Inquiry trips, as applicable, including cooking, canoeing, Voyageur canoeing, hiking, camping, etc. Note that activities may differ and be more limited in 2021 due to COVID-19 protocols. Our school based program includes a variety of activities from water quality sampling to journaling to shelter building.
- For some specific roles, safely drive a 15-passenger van pulling a loaded trailer in all weather and road conditions after training.
Pre-Trip Prep & Post-Trip Responsibilities
- Lead and/or actively participate in event specific pre-trip meetings and post-trip debriefings with your team.
- Collaborate and coordinate with operations staff to pack-in and pack-out gear and supplies accordingly.
- Complete post-trip paperwork including evaluations, incident reports, and experience summaries.
The ability to plan, implement, and follow through with responsibilities is essential. Must have excellent people skills, experience working with youth, the ability to oversee projects independently or as a part of a team, and strong communication skills. Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads over rough terrain for distances of up to 1000 feet. Must show commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive and welcoming outdoor learning environment.
Must demonstrate interest and ability in leading outdoor experiences for youth and families of all abilities, including people with varying needs.
Must pass a criminal background check.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Certifications, or ability to obtain (courses may be offered as an addition to initial training) are required only for some specific roles. In that case the below are required:
- Basic First Aid & CPR Certification required
- Current Driver’s License and safe driving record dating back at least 5 years (if driving is one of job responsibilities/functions)
*Certifications and driving is not necessarily required for the six-week school-based program.
All Outdoor Educators must complete a required training course prior to the summer sessions to learn Wilderness Inquiry policies and values, curriculum and content, and more. If water-based activities are resumed Outdoor Educators must also complete water related trainings and assessments such as the Voyageur Canoe assessment. Driver assessments are required for any Outdoor Educator that will be driving a Wilderness Inquiry vehicle.
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