Posting Date: December 16, 2023
Position Available: HoWL Instructor
Timeline: This position begins in late May 2023 and ends in mid August 2023.
Job overview: Empower young Alaskans with the skills to thrive in the outdoors. HoWL instructors lead youth aged 10-19 on expeditions around Kachemak Bay. Trip activities are varied and include backpacking, rock-climbing, paddle-boarding, and trail work. In the field, HoWL Instructors teach fundamental wilderness skills, such as fire-building and basic navigation, along with skills associated with the particular trip activities. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: acting silly, teaching camp cooking skills, distribution of hi-fives, leading by example, and preparations/cleanup before and after every trip. HoWL instructors also support participants to be leaders themselves by teaching about the diversity of styles and personalities that make great leaders. HoWL is a challenge-by-choice, fun-oriented organization, and instructors are responsible for maintaining safe situations while allowing for participant decision-making and spontaneity.
Requirements: Successful applicants will have:
*A passion for environmental education and outdoor adventure
*A dedication to fun
*Backcountry expedition or wilderness experience (guiding experience preferred)
*Ability to work and manage risks in remote and semi-remote wilderness locations
*Competency in fundamental outdoors skills
*Wilderness First Responder certification
*Must pass a background check
Compensation and Advancement:
$15.50-16.50/hour DOE without housing (average of $200-230 per field day)
$13.50-$14.50/hour with shared housing provided (valued at over $350/month)
Equal Opportunity Employer & Equity Statement:
HoWL recruits, employs, trains, and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, class, veteran status and other protected status as required by law. We recognize that the field of outdoor education has long excluded Black, Indigenous, and people of color as well as people from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and that outdoor education will be stronger and richer with more diverse perspectives. Hence, we strongly encourage people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities to apply for positions with HoWL. You are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter, if you feel comfortable doing so. Please contact Molly Mitchell (email@example.com), 907-399-4695 with any questions or concerns.
To apply: Please email a cover letter, contact information for three references, and a resume (specifically highlighting skills and experience related to the requirements of the position) to HoWL’s Programs Director, Molly Mitchell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your 1-page cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position and describe the relevant work, academic, and/or life experience that you will bring to this position.
Molly will respond via email to set up an interview. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and this posting will be removed once the position is filled.