Youth Job Board

Apprentice Naturalist Guide/Educator Posted Oct 28
Canyonlands Field Institute , Moab, UT
Job Type Temporary
Salary Details 300/ two-week pay period, free housing, and most food paid for Opportunity to be hired as a First-Year Naturalist Guide after twelve-week Apprenticeship
Deadline Jan 01, 2020

As a key member of the field instructor team, Apprentice Naturalist Guides demonstrate a growth mindset as they strive for excellence in the delivery of educational programs, both on land and river, in line with the strategic goals, mission, vision, and values of Canyonlands Field Institute.

This Apprentice Naturalist Guide training program is for outdoor educators beginning their career of connecting people to, and fostering care for, the natural environment. Based in Moab, Utah, the 12 week apprenticeship focuses on teaching school and youth groups at our Professor Valley Field Camp and on multi-day river trips. Apprentices learn research supported teaching practices, to coach Social Emotional Learning and to promote Equity and Inclusion at CFI. Technical training includes: river running skills, risk management, trip and outfitting logistics, vehicle and trailer handling, camp cooking, and equipment maintenance.


The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned by supervisor.


Main areas of focus:

o 60% Teaching and Guiding

o 25% Support Staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, driving, cooking, rigging and de-rigging trips, gear maintenance, and completion of manual labor tasks)
o 15% Lesson planning and curriculum development

Program Tasks

Teach groups of up to fifteen 6th-12th grade students or adults as needed
Facilitate team building, leadership, and Social-Emotional Learning activities
Work closely with the program managers to develop lesson plans and materials.
Support programs by: Rigging, De-rigging, Scouting, Driving, Food Shopping, Cooking
Maintain organization and cleanliness of all CFI equipment, including teaching materials, gear, etc.
Maintain high standards of health and safety
Follow Risk Management policies in all activities
Write a seasonal blog, articulating the educational developments at CFI
Minimum Requirements in Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

A positive, growth mindset with the goal of improving as an educator
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including days, nights, and weekends
Available to work the complete season (Early March through May or October)
Minimum of 21 years of age and clean driving record for three years to qualify for CFI insurance
Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children
Desire to creatively develop science and education curricula and lesson plans
Ability to adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners
Strong work ethic
Willing to receive and provide feedback to improve CFI and grow as an educator
Effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds and different levels of experience
Multi-task efficiently while managing a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing environment
Required Education, Experience, and Certifications

Lived experience and/or Bachelor's or Associate's degree
Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or proof of enrollment in a course to be completed prior to the first day of employment
Ability to pass a comprehensive background check
Participates in and passes Driver Training
Operates a motor vehicle (van or truck) to transport program participants or to conduct other work activities. Training in trailer handling and 4wdrive will be provided.
Maintains a clean driving record, passes and keeps current a DOT physical exam at own expense.
To apply, please submit to

cover letter
three references: name, email, phone. At least should be two employment-related
copy of driver’s license
motor vehicle report (current within 1 year)
declare any felony conviction
current copies of First Aid/CPR cards
copy of current WFR, WAFA, or WFA

Click here to apply - Please mention that you saw the job on Grand Canyon Trust