Welcome New Academy Staff!​

Please follow the steps below in order to finalize the hiring process and get you "Field Ready". Below is a link to Jot Form, please use this to upload all of your information. Please DO NOT upload incomplete forms! One submission per instructor please! 


You may visit the Academy office for assistance and access to a scanner or a computer if you need it. 



Dates to remember: 

May TBD: New staff training

May TBD: All staff training with overnight adventure!

June TBD: WFA 8:30 AM / Telluride Fire House

June TBD: WFR training
June TBD: CPR training @ 8:30 AM / Telluride Fire House (included in WFA and WFR courses)

June TBD: Gear check out
June TBD: Overflow gear check out, half-day staff training and Staff / Board Mixer. Time and Location TBA

June TBD: Optional Staff Adventure Day: MTB, Climbing, etc.

#1: Stay Organized!

Print the pre-summer checklist here!

#2: Background Check

  • All Staff must pass a National Background Check.  To complete the Check, please complete the IdentiGo fingerprinting process. See directions below: ​​

    • Click here if you are a Colorado Resident, and click here if you are a non-Colorado resident.

  • Please see below information for your reference:



          P.O. BOX 2255

          TELLURIDE, CO 81435

          IdentiGo  Service Code: 25YJ15

          OR Colorado Fingerprinting Unique ID: 1100DCLI

          Agency Code:


          Childcare License Number:


You must submit your fingerprinting by May 3rd.  No exceptions. 


#3 Complete Jotform

You will upload all of your hiring documents to this Jotform. The Jotform can not be completed unless you have all your documents uploaded. Please review the form and make sure you have everything you need!

1. Staff Bio and Photo: Please write up a one paragraph bio about yourself. You can see examples of staff bios by clicking on the 'Our Team'     tab located in the main menu of the Academy's website. Please include a photograph of yourself as a .pdf

2. Forms, Forms, Forms: Complete forms and upload to Jotform. You are welcome to stop by the Academy office if you need access to a scanner.






3. Certifications and Licenses: Please upload scanned or photographed copies of the following documents (front and back) to jotform. Current and Valid Drivers License /​ Social Security Card​Any current medical, technical or teaching certifications  

Sign completed front page only

Academy Waiver

Sign and Date

CDHS Background
Please complete starting at 2nd paragraph and sign 

Sign and Date

Staff Handbook
Sign and Date

Skills Assesment
Highlight your experience level with listed activites

#4: Staff Handbook & Field Guide

  • All staff MUST Read the 2020 Staff Handbook carefully! This document outlines all Academy policies, procedures as well as the expectations of all Field Instructors.  The Handbook is also a great place to familiarize yourself with how we structure and staff Academy programs. The 2020 TA Field Guide is a condensed version of the TA Handbook and is an essential component of your field kits!! This guide offers quick reference information about topics such as Emergency contact numbers,  Lightening procedures, Evacuations and more


  • Both documents MUST be read and reviewed prior to entering the field with students. Below is a 2020 Staff Handbook Contract that needs to be signed and filed for ALL staff prior to the start of summer.


  • We recommend that you either print off a version of this handbook or download them to your smart phone. You MUST carry one of these documents with you at all times this summer!


  • There are also numerous addendum found on the 'Staff Resources' page that outline useful options that are available to you throughout the summer.

#5: Itinerary Planning Project

  • All New staff need to plan a themed two-week program using the Blank Itinerary Template provided here.  We have also provided two Sample Itinerary documents as well to help guide your planning. 













  • Create a unique name and a theme for your program. When planning please consider an age range (5-6, 7-8 or 9-11) and create activities suitable for your chosen age. Think about timing, flow and overall program objectives. What do you hope your students will walk away with? Please include at a minimum one hike, one day of rock climbing and one day of flat water duckying. Use real locations whenever possible that are appropriate for your age range. (This will require some homework)

  • See Staff Resources page for helpful information!

  • Please bring to the new staff training for our Program Planning workshop. 


Sample #1

Blank Itinerary

Sample #2

#6: Celebrate, Breath, Buy Yourself A Beer Because You're Done!!