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4 Jan 2023

Temporary Field Instructor

Rocky Mountain Field Institute – Posted by RMFI Jobs Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Job Description


The Field Instructor (FI) works under the supervision of RMFI Program Managers and in close coordination with RMFI Field Coordinators. The FI aids in the planning and implementation of RMFI’s trail, restoration, and education field programs. The FI assists program staff in the on-the-ground management of field programs and completion of trail and restoration projects. Primary duties include completing objectives for single and multi-day field projects; instructing volunteers (including school-age children) in trail and restoration techniques; assisting with the oversight of tool, equipment, and food logistics in the field; and completing timely, detailed project work logs, equipment and registration logs, and photo documentation. The FI works with fellow Field Instructors, Field Coordinators, and other RMFI program staff to ensure quality work standards, the highest degree of safety, and an enjoyable experience for all RMFI program participants.


  • Supervise volunteers and youth corps crews in the completion of trail and restoration projects and work on those projects alongside other Field Instructors and the Field Coordinators.
  • Serve as a member of a RMFI stewardship work crew during project days that do not include volunteers. The proportion of days with and without volunteers is variable.
  • Instruct and manage volunteers, students, and other program participants in trail and restoration techniques, field safety, and project objectives.
  • Assist with the management of field work days by providing project orientation to participants, properly estimating volunteer and staff requirements, completing work in a timely and efficient manner, and ensuring safety at all times.
  • Assist with the management of program safety in the field by ensuring the RMFI Safety Policy and Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is followed at all times.
  • Manage tool, equipment, and food logistics in the field.
  • Participate in pre-and post-project activities including briefings, evaluations, and trainings.
  • Document work completed, including photos, GPS data, and detailed work logs.
  • Assist in training new seasonal staff and interns.
  • Assist in promoting and conducting outreach for RMFI programs.
  • Assist in implementing environmental education curriculum on select programs.
  • Participate in staff trainings and develop new skills and techniques as necessitated by projects.
  • Provide clear, effective, and timely communication with the Program Managers, Field Coordinators, and additional staff.


RMFI will hire a number of full-time, seasonal Field Instructors for the 2023 field season to work from March through October with the possibility of work extending into November depending upon the availability of project funding. The work schedule is very dynamic; the FI will work an average of 40 hours per week, though hours can fluctuate heavily week-to-week depending on projects. The FI may work up to 70 hours per week and may spend up to 18 consecutive days in the field. The Field Instructor can expect significant time working in the backcountry during the peak alpine season, from June through September. Backcountry work will vary depending on project site and location. The bulk of shoulder season work (March to May and September to October) will primarily follow a day work schedule, during which staff will return home after each workday. The position requires extensive travel, fieldwork, and evening and weekend work. This position is field-based, though some office time is required.


The Field Instructor position is paid hourly. Pay is consistent with industry standards and will be determined based on experience, certifications and qualifications (anticipated hourly pay range is $15-$18/hour depending on experience). Travel with a personal vehicle, if required, is reimbursed at the federal rate. For overnight programs, Field Instructors are paid a day rate (10 hours/day) and food and field supplies are provided. Benefits include paid sick leave and discounts on outdoor gear and equipment. Employees meeting certain tenure requirements are eligible to participate in RMFI’s SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, including employer contributions of up to 3% to match the employee’s contributions to the plan.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the RMFI Employment Application by visiting this webpage.
  2. Please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to [email protected] with “RMFI Field Instructor_YourName” in the subject line. 
  3. The successful candidate will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment background check. RMFI will notify you of the steps involved in this process after an official hiring offer has been made.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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