Field Instructor

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Rocky Mountain Field Institute
Job Overview


The Field Instructor (FI) works under the supervision of the RMFI Program Manager and in close coordination with the RMFI Field Coordinators. The FI aids in the planning and implementation of RMFI’s trail, restoration, and education field programs. The FI assists program staff in the on-the-ground management of field programs and completion of trail and restoration projects. Primary duties include completing objectives for single and multi-day field projects; instructing volunteers (including school-age children) in trail and restoration techniques; assisting with the oversight of tool, equipment, and food logistics in the field; and assisting with the maintenance of project work logs. The FI works with fellow Field Instructors, Field Coordinators, and senior program staff to ensure quality work standards, the highest degree of safety, and an enjoyable experience for all RMFI program participants.


  • Supervise volunteers and work crews in the completion of trail and restoration projects and work on those projects alongside other Field Instructors and the Field Coordinators.
  • Serve as a member of a stewardship work crew during project days that do not include volunteers. The proportion of days with and without volunteers is variable.
  • Instruct and manage volunteers, students, and other program participants in trail and restoration techniques, field safety, and project objectives.
  • Assist with the management of field work days by providing project orientation to participants, properly estimating volunteer and staff requirements, completing work in a timely and efficient manner, and ensuring safety at all times.
  • Assist with the management of program safety in the field by ensuring the safety policy and Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is followed at all times.
  • Manage tool, equipment, and food logistics in the field.
  • Participate in pre-and post-project activities including briefings, evaluations, and trainings.
  • Document work completed, including photographs and detailed work logs.
  • Assist in training new field staff and interns.
  • Assist in promoting and conducting outreach for RMFI programs.
  • Assist in implementing environmental education curriculum on select programs.
  • Participate in staff trainings and develop new skills and techniques as necessitated by projects.
  • Provide clear, effective, and timely communication with the Program Manager, Field Coordinators, and additional staff.


  • Strong conservation ethic and passion for public lands stewardship.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Ability to participate in vigorous physical activity for extended periods of time at altitudes up to 14,000 feet.
  • Ability to lift and move a minimum of 40 pounds.
  • Current Wilderness First Aid certification required; Wilderness First Responder certification strongly desired (required for backcountry programs).
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check.


Environmental stewardship/recreation

  • Trail building and maintenance, including strong rockwork experience.
  • Natural area restoration including social trail closure, erosion mitigation, post-wildland fire restoration, and invasive species control.
  • Experience working with rigging equipment such as griphoists, highlines, and bear hangs.
  • Experience working with mule and/or llama pack strings.
  • Proficiency in traveling and living in mountainous backcountry environments.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Geography, or related field.
  • Current S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification or equivalent certification.


  • Experience overseeing youth conservation corps, AmeriCorps, or other volunteer groups in an outdoor setting.
  • Experience in environmental education, volunteer stewardship, outdoor guiding, or related industry preferred.
  • Ability to work safely in sometimes-stressful conditions.
  • Self-starter who demonstrates the ability to take initiative, set goals, and achieve them both independently and cooperatively as a team member.
  • Ability to respectfully work with a variety of volunteers and students of varying ages and abilities to effectively accomplish project goals. Excellent people skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude are a must!
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and independently.
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.


RMFI will hire a number of full-time, seasonal Field Instructors for the 2019 field season to work from approximately the end of March 2019 through mid-November 2019. She or he should expect a variety of scheduling throughout the field season. A combination of day-work in front-country and multiple week-long work hitches in backcountry environments should be expected. This position is seasonal (March-November).


The Field Instructor position is paid hourly. Pay is consistent with industry standards and will be determined based on experience. For overnight programs, Field Instructors are paid a day rate and food and field supplies are provided. Benefits include discounts on outdoor gear and equipment. Employees meeting certain tenure requirements are eligible to participate in RMFI’s SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, including employer contributions of up to 3% to match the employee’s contributions to the plan. Travel with a personal vehicle, if required, is reimbursed at the federal rate.


Complete the RMFI Employment Application by visiting this webpage:

  1. Send cover letter to [email protected] with “RMFI Field Instructor_YourName” in the subject line.
  2. The successful candidate will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment background check. RMFI will notify you of the steps involved in this process after an official hiring offer has been made.

Applications will be accepted ­­­on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.  Interviews of well-qualified applicants are anticipated to begin in late January/early February 2019.