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Join Our Team

Telluride Academy staff are the Heart and Soul of our organization! They are the creative engines behind every interaction, experience and outcome we strive to achieve with our students. They are educators, guides and adventurers of the highest order and the architects of Telluride Academy's highly reputable outdoor and enrichment programs. Our team of instructors, specialists and interns represent a diverse collection of passionate individuals that come together to contribute to a high energy and dynamic youth program that explores the southwest and beyond. Our success relies on collective collaboration, problem solving and a TON of enthusiasm! We believe in working hard and playing harder and that a good day on the job is one filled with equal parts discovery and dirt. If you are an expert at finding the perfect balance between silliness and safety, free play and focused instruction , then we would LOVE to meet you!

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Field Instructors

Telluride Academy is now hiring summer Field Instructors. Strong candidates must possess sound and responsible decision making skills, have previous experience working with groups of children, as well as strong organizational skills to handle weekly student field reports, program logistics, instructor evaluations and activity budgets. Successful applicants are flexible, motivated individuals that have an affinity for creativity and spending significant time outside! Instructor responsibilities include ensuring a safe, engaging and educational experience for groups of students ranging in ages from 5-17.  The majority of Academy programs occur in the Telluride region of the San Juan Mountains and the deserts of the Southwest. During a typical two-week Telluride Academy program, two co-instructors (male and female) will share responsibility for a maximum of 13 students. Programs typically run from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday with overnight campouts each Wednesday.  First year Academy instructors will typically run programs that cater towards our younger participants and will visit locations that are located within the Telluride region.  However, we try to create an experience for all of our staff that involves interactions with a range of ages and activities. Types of activities that instructors may facilitate include; field games, overnight camping, day hiking, ecological exploration, mountain biking, swimming, inflatable kayaking, SUPing, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, rock climbing and backpacking. Additionally, all staff are expected to practice and teach environmental stewardship principles as well as leadership and teambuilding initiatives to groups of students. Within the structure of established itineraries and program descriptions, Academy instructors are given the freedom and flexibility to shape, plan and implement daily programming – a unique and successful key to the Academy’s long-standing success. Potential instructors must pass a criminal background check, as well as a safe driving check and be available for our annual pre-season staff training held in late May each summer.*Must be 21 years old

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Early Childhood Instructors
Telluride Academy is looking for creative and energetic individuals to instruct our Early Childhood (EC) enrichment programs. These programs are designed for our youngest participants and provide great employment opportunities for individuals interested in early childhood development. Students will range in ages between five and eight years old. Each program is designed for different groups, skill levels and interests that are a great introduction to the rivers, lakes, mesas and mountains within the Telluride region.  Activities may include rock climbing, inflatable kayaking, SUPing, arts and crafts, hiking, field games and campouts. Instructor responsibilities include ensuring a safe, engaging and educational experience for groups of young students in and around the Telluride region and San Juan Mountains. Additionally, all staff in this position must use positive behavior reinforcement and developmentally appropriate guidance techniques to encourage a positive environment. Staff must possess strong organizational skills to handle weekly student field reports, program logistics, instructor evaluations and activity budgets.  A high level of patience, motivation and creativity is required for this position! During a typical two-week program, two co-instructors (male and female) will share responsibility for a maximum of 13 students. Programs typically run from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with some programs having an overnight campout during the first and/or second Wednesday. Within the structure of established itineraries, Academy instructors are given the flexibility to shape daily programming – a unique and successful key to the Academy’s long-standing success. *Must be 21 years old

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Mountain Bike Specialist
Telluride Academy’s Mountain Bike Specialist is responsible for facilitating a safe and educational mountain biking program for Telluride Academy students. Telluride Academy runs at least one mountain biking program per week, usually including one or two overnights.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Working with the Program Director to train appropriate mountain bike staff.

  • Creating an organizational biking curriculum and criteria that will be taught to select Academy instructors during the Academy’s annual staff training.

  • Becoming familiar with ALL Academy biking locations.

  • Overseeing all mountain biking programs.

  • Carrying (at all times) the Academy’s land use permits and be the primary steward of the permits, including submitting timely and accurate usage logs for post use reporting.

  • Maintaining biking gear inventory as well as working with the Program Director to order new and improved gear when needed.

  • Collaborating with Program Director to revise Telluride Academy’s Mountain Biking Policies and Procedures as needed. This is to include emergency procedures and site-specific resources as they pertain to an emergency.

  • Maintaining an accurate record and submit a physical copy of all Academy expenses and receipts at the end of every biking trip or end of session.

  • Ensuring that adequate biking gear inventory, equipment check-in and storage occurs at the end of the Academy’s programming week and the summer season.         *Must be 21 years old

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Inclusion Director

Telluride Academy is seeking a qualified candidate to fulfill the seasonal position of Inclusion Director. This position is hourly in the spring and full time in the summer. It requires an individual with prior knowledge of and experience with populations with special needs, including Autism, ADHD and behavioral challenges. They must be organized, patient, creative, compassionate, empathetic, possess strong written and verbal communication skills and have a proven ability to problem-solve. The Inclusion Director plays a crucial role at Telluride Academy, and is an integral part of providing positive, safe and inclusive experiences for our student, parents and staff. *Must be 21 years old

Key Responsibilities

  • Inclusion Need Assessment: Starting in April, evaluate Inclusion spreadsheet and begin personal outreach to parents who have enrolled their children and noted inclusion needs.

    • Discuss child’s needs, limitations, triggers, and tendencies.

    • Discuss required criteria children must meet in order to safely participate in Academy programs. (Ex: can the child stay with the group? Are the able to engage in outdoor activities? Do they respond violently or physically to situations?)

  • Support and manage Inclusion Specialists (or “buddies”) throughout the entire summer.

  • Assign Inclusion Specialists to camp programs.

  • Provide guidance to Inclusion Specialists regarding their assigned child’s special needs and ways to best manage their behaviors and triggers.

  • Communicate with all staff members prior to each program if there is an inclusion need in their group, allowing staff to be set up for success.

  • Develop and lead an Inclusion Training Workshop for 30+ instructors during Telluride Academy’s annual all-staff training. Workshop should be designed to prepare staff to serve children with disabilities. Training should include disability etiquette, behavior management, problem-solving techniques and inclusive team building activities and games.

  • Ensure the safety of all campers and instructors by proper preparation and decision making.

  • Inclusion Director may be called upon to facilitate unforeseen behavioral challenges among individual students as well as within a group. 

  • Cultivate and provide an inclusive learning environment for instructors and campers.

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Inclusion Support Instructors

Telluride Academy is seeking qualified candidates to fulfill multiple Inclusion Support Instructor positions.  This is a summer seasonal position that requires an individual with prior knowledge of and experience with populations with special needs, including Autism, ADHD and behavioral challenges. The Inclusion Support Instructors play a crucial role in ensuring Telluride Academy can provide positive, safe and inclusive experiences for all students. 

 

At Telluride Academy, we are dedicated to serving every child. We provide accessible adventure for all campers, creating a socially inclusive outdoor experience. By including campers of all ability levels, we are enriching our community locally and globally. Campers not only learn about each others’ differences but they also gain lifelong benefits in sharing each others’ similarities. The friendships, self-confidence, and independence built in our programs are unmatched and eye-opening. *Must be 18 years old

 

Key Responsibilities

 

  • Serve as a one-on-one "buddy" for our students with special needs and disabilities. Accompany students on Telluride Academy programs.

  • Communicate with Inclusion Director to identify student needs and create plans to best support individual students.

  • Participate in all-staff training, including an Inclusion Training Workshop  designed to prepare staff to serve children with disabilities.

  • Ensure the safety of all campers and instructors by proper preparation and decision making.

  • Cultivate and provide an inclusive learning environment for instructors and campers.

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Art Director

Telluride Academy is now hiring a summer Art Director! Strong candidates must possess sound and responsible decision making skills, have previous experience working with groups of children, as well as strong organizational skills to handle weekly projects, logistics and budgets. Successful applicants are flexible, motivated individuals that have an affinity for creativity and instilling a passion for the arts in our students! Responsibilities include ensuring a safe, engaging and educational experience for groups of students ranging in ages from 5-14. The Art  Director begins working with Telluride Academy in late May. Pre-summer work includes taking inventory of art supplies, setting up the art room and planning an all-staff art activity for Academy staff training. During the summer, the Art Director is responsible for planning themed art projects for as many as three groups of students per day. Your responsibilities include managing an art budget, stocking and maintaining inventory of art supplies, planning projects that are creative and budget-friendly, communicating with instructors to ensure art projects are appropriately themed, facilitating projects for groups of students and maintaining cleanliness and organization of art room. There is also room for the Art Director to play a more involved role in Telluride Academy's administration if desired, which includes helping with morning check-in, fundraising events and outreach. Art programs generally run 10am - 4pm Monday-Thursday in the summer.

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Theater Instructor

Telluride Academy is now hiring a summer Theater Instructor. Strong candidates must possess sound and responsible decision making skills, have previous experience working with groups of children, preferably in a theater setting, as well as strong organizational skills to handle weekly student field reports, program logistics and activity budgets. Successful applicants are flexible, motivated individuals that have an affinity for creativity and spending significant time both in the theater and outside! Instructor responsibilities include ensuring a safe, engaging and educational performing arts experience for groups of students ranging in ages from 5-17.  Telluride Academy runs a number of theater programs throughout the summer, each directed by one of our longtime theater, improv, dance and music specialists. The Theater Instructor will be responsible for coordinating with and assisting each program's specialist, supporting their vision for different performances, bringing creative and exciting ideas to the table and assisting in integrating our students into these unique programs. Many of our theater programs are designed for students to spend half their days practicing theater, and the other half participating in outdoor adventures.  The Theater Instructor assists in the facilitation of all theater activities, as well as planning and implementing outdoor activities. Most programs run Monday-Thursday from 9am - 5pm, with some continuing into Fridays or even an occasional Saturday. The Theater Instructor, with a co-instructor, will be responsible for up to 13 students at a time and must feel comfortable supervising groups outdoors, working with a wide variety of ages and driving a 15-passanger van. *Must be 18 years old

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Interns
Telluride Academy Interns play a vital role in the success of our summer season. Interns will participate in our annual staff training in June with our entire Field Staff. Interns will then spend the summer season working in a variety of different arenas that make up the Academy's day to day operations. These are, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Assisting our Field Instructors on daily and overnight adventures in such activities as hiking, rock climbing, inflatable kayaking, field experiments, art projects and overnight campouts. 2. Assisting with students with special needs in the field. 3. Coordinating parent arrivals and student check-in. 4. Office administration duties such as on-line registrations, answering phone calls, data entry and uploading program photos. 5. Gear administration and repair, vehicle logs, patrolling parent parking during student drop off and pickup and handling program shuttles. 6. Working with the administrative team to plan and implement summer fundraising events and parties. The Telluride Academy provides a fun, casual, creative and engaging work environment. Our staff are expected to be professional and outgoing communicators that can be proactive in general problem solving and work well in a team. Interns should be comfortable working with a variety of aged youth in numerous non-traditional environments as well as familiar with general computer programs. Interested applicants must be  18 yrs or older and are mature self-starters that display initiative and drive and have an appreciation for creating fun and positive experiences for others. *Must be 18 years old

 Reach out to Sophie, our Program Director, at sophie@tellurideacademy.org or 970-728-5311x3 with any questions.
 

About the Academy

Telluride Academy, based in the heart of the rugged San Juan Mountains, is one of the largest and most unique outdoor youth organizations in Colorado. Each summer, Telluride Academy, a 39-year-old non-profit organization, welcomes over 900 students who participate in more than 100 diverse programs. Telluride Academy offers programs that introduce children to the beauty of the natural world.  Through exploration and play, we strive to inspire imaginations and instill an awareness and appreciation for the outdoors.  Our curriculum encompasses specialized activities that focus on adventure education, art, ecology, science, mountain sports, performing arts, and regional and international travel.



Core values and goals

  • Enrichment through experiential education

  • Inclusion of children and teens from all socioeconomic backgrounds and for those with special needs

  • Respect and recognition of the unique individual

  • Responsible environmental stewardship



Qualifications

  • Insanely fun, creative, and willing to be an active and engaging role-model

  • Organized, dependable and professional

  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for outdoor/experiential education

  • Significant prior experience working with youth

  • Ability to be present and "cell phone" free while at work

  • Current WFA and CPR certification (or ability to obtain with the Academy or independently). Excludes Interns.

  • Must pass a criminal and driving background check 

  • Must be at least 21 yrs of age (Interns must be 18 yrs of age)

We Offer

  • Rewarding experiences working with youth

  • Competitive wages and pay increases for certain certifications and qualifications

  • Access to our pre-summer Wilderness First Aid/ Wilderness First Responder training

  • Paid staff training

  • Beautiful mountain town setting

  • Staff events and pro deals

  • Established and experienced staff members