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APEX is currently hiring for the following positions:

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Seasonal Instructors

Come be a part of the APEX instructor team. Join us in West Virginia- birthplace of rivers- for a fun, educational, and outdoor adventure filled summer. Apply by January 31, 2024!

Job Description:

We are looking for outdoor educators to help us lead backcountry programs and/or day camps. On backcountry programs instructors will lead backpacking, canoeing, rafting, and caving experiences. In addition to the activities, instructors will teach various leadership, communication, and technical skills. Day camps include teaching outdoor activities, games, and short lessons to younger participants (5-8 years old), and/or leading initiatives, lessons, and experiences (e.g. hiking, caving, canoeing, biking, and rafting) to participants ages 9-11. New employees are expected to attend the training trip June 1-6.

Job Qualifications: 

  • Build competencies in wilderness and teaching skills.
  • Explore West Virginia on foot,  boat, and bike. 
  • Pay depends upon prior experience; commensurate with other outdoor programs
  • Meals will be covered while on course (we will work with you on dietary restrictions and preferences) and instructor housing will be provided during day camps and between backcountry programs.
  • Affinity for the outdoors. You must enjoy being outside for extended periods. Our longest program is two weeks in length, during that time instructors will be backpacking and/or camping on the river and will have limited access to frontcountry amenities (i.e. flushing toilets
  • A desire to teach. We look for instructors who are excited to teach through experiential education.
  • A desire to work with children of all ages. Age ranges for our programs range from 5 to 17 years old. We will seek to place instructors based on their program they are most interested in and based on need and best fit for APEX programs.
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification. This is our minimum first aid requirement for backcountry programs (WFR preferred). Basic First Aid is acceptable for day camps.

Benefits:

  • Day Camp staff wages begin at $85/day and field staff wages begin at $100/day based on experience.
  • Develop competencies in wilderness skills, environmental understanding, and teaching skills.
  • Time outdoors with amazing people, playing fun games, and engaging with nature

To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for a reference to alex@appalachianexpeds.org

For more information, call or email Alex Snyder: 717-873-7509 or alex@appalachianexpeds.org

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

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DEI Apprenticeship

Come be a part of the APEX instructor team with this Apprenticeship for marginalized people. Join us in West Virginia, birthplace of rivers, for a fun, educational, and outdoor adventure filled summer. This is a paid apprenticeship. Apply by January 31, 2024!

Appalachian Expeditions acknowledges that systematic oppression has made it difficult for people of color and other marginalized communities to access the outdoors. As a member of the outdoor industry, we want to create a more inclusive environment and make it easier for all people to get outside. We believe that the natural world is inherent in our identities and essential to who we are as humans, no matter where we come from or what we look like. For this reason, this apprenticeship program is open to people of color, people in the LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalized groups.

Job Description:

Throughout the course of this contract, the apprentice will serve three distinct roles, outlined below. 

The apprenticeship will begin with a seven day training trip. On this trip we will backpack and canoe through the Cheat River watershed while teaching our foundational curriculum involving leadership, wilderness, and environmental understanding. This training trip runs June 1-7, 2024 and sets the stage for teaching these skills to our participants. Throughout this trip, the apprentice’s role will be to absorb the curriculum, systems, and ideologies that are the focus of APEX. 

After the training trip, we will begin our programming season. Here, the apprentice will work as part of an experienced instructor team. They will teach wilderness skills, leadership lessons, and other classes that they will have seen taught on the training trip. Additionally they will be involved in planning logistics, making risk management decisions in the field, and participate as a member and leader of the group in games, activities, and lessons. 

Lastly, the apprentice will develop their own leadership and teaching styles through supportive lesson prep, observation and feedback. The goal is to help the apprentice grow into a leader within the outdoor industry. As part of this role, we will also be asking the apprentice to support APEX’s initiatives to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment by providing perspectives, ideas, and programmatic feedback.

Job Qualifications:

  • Person of color, member of the LGBTQIA+ community, or a member of another marginalized group
  • Ages 21 and up
  • Affinity for the outdoors. You must enjoy being outside for extended periods. Our longest program is two weeks in length, during that time apprentices will be backpacking and/or camping on the river and will have limited access to frontcountry amenities (i.e. flushing toilets).
  • A desire to teach. This is an outdoor education apprenticeship. We are looking for someone who is excited to teach through experiential education.
  • A desire to work with children of all ages. Age ranges for our programs range from 5 to 17 years old. Apprentices will be placed in programs based on need and best fit.
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification. This is our minimum first aid requirement. If you do not have a WFA certification we will cover the cost of your course. Please see notes below about professional development. 
  • Apprenticeship Dates:  June 1 through August 18. Throughout the summer, apprentices can expect to lead at least two backcountry programs and two day camps.  They will also help support other programs with logistics, rations planning and prep, and equipment maintenance.

Job Benefits:

  • Competencies in wilderness skills, wilderness medicine, and teaching skills. This apprenticeship will prepare you for jobs in outdoor and experiential education and outdoor recreation. It will also prepare you to adventure in new and remote places.
  • Professional development stipend. Appalachian Expeditions will provide up to $250 in professional development funds. These funds should be used on wilderness medicine certifications first, but if the apprentice has wilderness medicine certifications they can be used for other professional development opportunities.
  • Stipend: This apprenticeship pays $3,000. In addition to the stipend, all meals will be covered while on course (we will work with you on dietary restrictions and preferences) and instructor housing will be provided throughout the apprenticeship..

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for a reference to alex@appalachianexpeds.org

For more information, call or email Alex Snyder: 717-873-7509 or alex@appalachianexpeds.org

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

Year-Round Employment

There are currently no year-round positions open.

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Non-discriminatory Statement

Appalachian Expeditions does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or veteran status. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, and volunteers.
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