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Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons Instructor

Posted: 07/09/2024

We are looking for curious, caring, and hardworking staff to lead groups through outdoor education, including environmental education, team building, adventure trips, and more. You’ll develop your skills and love of the outdoors while providing unforgettable experiences for students, scouts, and adult groups.
Apply now to join our outdoor education family and let the adventure begin!

Submit an Interest Form or reach out to us at JoinOLC@horizonsva.com.
Outdoor Learning Center Instructors are responsible for the care and management of groups while delivering high-quality outdoor programming. They are expected to create a positive atmosphere while establishing opportunities for experiential learning and authentic growth for students and clients. Instructors will also be responsible for the logistics before, during, and after the groups’ stay, including preparing program areas, facilitating meals and transitions, developing programming, and cleaning and general maintenance of program areas. Full-time seasonal position, with onsite housing available. Part-time options available, without onsite housing.
JOB DUTIES AND RESONSIBILITES:
  • Leads activities in caving, canoeing, climbing, archery, field games, environmental classes and evening programming; facilitates high and low rope courses; inspects equipment throughout use to ensure it meets safety standards
  • Supports clients in all aspects; helps clients establish and achieve goals for their experience
  • Promotes a safe environment where individuals will feel comfortable challenging themselves
  • Responsible for adaptive thinking and problem solving when working with clients
EXPERIENCE:
  • 1-year outdoor recreation experience or camp counselor preferred
  • Experience working with children preferred (formally or informally)
  • Must have experience or comfort with outdoor education, recreation activity, and adventure skills (camping, climbing, paddling, hiking, etc.)
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be 18 and have High School diploma or equivalent
  • 21+ preferred, with good driving record and ability to drive a 15-passenger van (training provided)
  • Current First Aid and CPR (or WFA/WFR) certifications preferred
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check
PERKS:
  • Paid, high-quality training
  • Pay raise for relevant certifications (Lifeguard, WFA, WFR, etc.)
  • Onsite housing for full-time staff available, includes private room and shared amenities, WiFi (Learn more about housing on camp!)
  • Meals provided during training and most programs
  • Rent camp equipment and use facilities in your free time
  • Discounts at related facilities and ProOutdoorLinks.com
  • Summer employment and winter housing opportunities
  • Returner bonus!