Outdoor Education Specialist – Glacier Institute

Outdoor Education Specialist – Glacier Institute

Job Type(s): Education
Salary: $1000
Deadline: January 15, 2021 12:00 am
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Outdoor Education Specialists are the face of the Glacier Institute. You will be responsible for instructing field courses to a wide variety of audiences, ranging from ages 7-77. Outdoor Education Specialists will also be leading educational hikes into the backcountry of Glacier National Park, as well as the surrounding Flathead National Forest. The Glacier Institute specializes in place-based, hands-on learning of the natural sciences  and cultural history, and we strive to empower students of all ages. As an Outdoor Education Specialist, you will be given the tools to grow as a naturalist, educator, and well-rounded individual.


  • On-site housing provided.
  • $1000/month stipend, with the opportunity to earn an end-of-season performance-based bonus.
  • 2021 employee entrance pass into Glacier and Waterton National Parks.
  • Friends and family discounts for all Glacier Institute courses (subject to availability).
  • Participation in expert-led Glacier Institute catalog course as space permits.
  • Professional development as a teacher, naturalist, chef, handyperson, off-grid connoisseur, and more!


  • Lead day, overnight, and multi-day field-based outdoor education programs.
  • Manage students’ safety in unregulated outdoor environments by applying sound judgement, problem solving, and risk management skills.
  • Participate in site improvement projects as assigned by the Program and Assistant Program Directors (e.g., painting, staining, light-carpentry, rodent control, wood chopping, landscaping, etc.).
  • Administer and document first aid and appropriate emergency responses.
  • Participate in daily/weekly housekeeping and cleaning tasks as assigned by the Program and Assistant Program Directors.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem and current applicable sciences.
  • Lead multi-day backpacking trips with students.
  • Safely operate 15 passenger vans/buses to transport students down rough dirt roads, up the highly technical Going-to-the-Sun road, and along highway corridors.
  • Provide quality customer service to all guests.
  • Assist office staff and Program Director with marketing efforts, community outreach, curriculum development, and social media content.
  • Display confidence and comfort working in adverse environmental conditions (snow, rain, 0°F-100°F temperatures, mosquitoes/ticks, hazardous wildlife, etc.).
  • Prepare daily meals for up to 45 guests while following Montana ServSafe regulations (no certification necessary, on the job training will be provided).
  • Monitor students during meals and free-times, and provide overnight supervision in gender-separate bunk houses June-August on a rotating schedule, as needed.
  • Represent the Glacier Institute in its mission and goals.
  • All other duties as assigned