Specializing in Youth Adventures since 1981

Employment Opportunities at Telluride Academy

Field Instructors (guitar skills not required) 

Telluride Academy will be accepting applications for summer Field Instructors beginning January 14, 2019.  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 camp-outs 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, SUP'ing, 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 team-building 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 the last week of May.

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.

Inclusion Specialists

At Telluride Academy, we are dedicated to serving every child and providing accessible adventure for all campers. Our program helps support children with cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities by including them in our summer programs. As an Inclusion Specialist, you will be a one-on-one support for special needs children in the field. Your responsibilities will include communicating with our Inclusion Director about the child's needs, adapting to the form of  support they require, and preparing weekly activities, adapted as needed, in order to set your camper and group up for success. When there is not a need for a one-on-one "buddy" in the field, Inclusion Specialists will be utilized as traditional Field Instructors (see Field Instructor job description). During a two-week program with an inclusion component, an Inclusion Specialist will be staffed with two co-instructors (male and female), and will be responsible 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 on Wednesday. Skills such as patience, creativity, problem-solving, compassion and empathy are necessary for this role. The friendships, self-confidence, and independence built in our programs are unmatched and eye-opening.

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 special needs students 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.

To Apply

All 2020 positions will begin accepting applications in January of 2020. Please check back at that time! For more information about any of our seasonal positions, please email our Program Director, Sophie Fabrizio at sophie@tellurideacademy.org

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

  • Highly competitive wages and pay increases for certain certifications and qualifications

  • Access to our pre-summer Wilderness First Aid training

  • Paid staff training

  • Beautiful mountain town setting

  • Staff events and pro deals

  • Established and experienced staff members