Teton Science Schools employees inspire curiosity. Our team members are engaged with the world around them. TSS employees are leaders in transformative place-based education for learners of all ages. Whether you’re working in an administrative role or in the field with students, your role at TSS will contribute to the development of lifelong learners and leaders. TSS ensures equal opportunity in education and employment for all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or veteran status. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate people with physical disabilities.
The field education instructor is part of a collaborative team engaging and teaching participants in outdoor, place-based education in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Participants are most typically in grades 5-8, but do range from younger elementary age to older adult learners. Instructors lead groups of 7-13 participants often with a co-educator and facilitate exploration of the local ecosystem through field research projects, BEETLES-style inquiry-based learning and stewardship projects. Instructors also support and promote social-emotional growth through teamwork, communication and leadership activities including utilization of our Challenge Course high and low elements. During the winter season (Jan-April) instructors will facilitate lessons on cross-country skis and snowshoes. During the summer, instructors will lead participants on day hikes, short canoe experiences, and facilitate camping overnight trips, primarily front country, with occasional backcountry trips. Programs are typically 3-7 days and include evening work as well as non-traditional days off. Programs are based out of one of our three campuses (Jackson Campus, Kelly Campus, & Historic Murie Ranch) and our classrooms are the trails, forests, and streams of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Daily rate of $137.5/day for 1st-year Instructors, $144 for 2nd-year instructors, and $150 for 3rd+ year instructors.
Additional pay for evening work or other auxiliary duties.
Evening Program - - $40
Elk Evening Program (used for Evening Programs that include dinner) - - $50
Overnight lodge shift - - $80
Overnight camping shift - - $100
$500 WFR certification contribution; if WFR obtained within 4 months of start date.
Health, dental, and vision insurance.
Pro Deals from brand-name outdoor companies.
Limited employee housing available for rent. Pet-free.
Meals available on campus while working programs.
One season or more of place-based teaching experience in the outdoors through a combination of fieldwork and professional experience or course work.
Experience managing risk, traveling, and/or teaching in the outdoors.
Strong interpersonal skills working with kids and adults; ability to be friendly, patient, fair, and communicate clearly.
Desire to work as a collaborative team member and co-instructor; ability to give and receive feedback.
Ability to remain flexible, creative, and adaptable to environmental conditions, teachable moments, and the needs and interests of participants.
Desire to contribute to a safe, inclusive workplace and cultivate a sense of belonging for all.
Ability to spend full days outdoors carrying a backpack in variable weather
Valid Wilderness First Responder certification.
Valid Driver's License.
Minimum of 21 years of age.
Successful applicants must pass a criminal history background check and driving record review prior to start date.
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