Join the team!
Interested in joining our instructor team? We are always looking for motivated individuals who love going on adventures and sharing their passion for the outdoors. Contact us today!
There are currently no year-round positions open.
We are currently hiring seasonal field staff for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022 programs. Field instructors may work trips ranging from three days to two weeks. These trips may include any of the following activities: backpacking, canoeing, rafting, biking (mountain and/or gravel), and caving.
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DEI Apprenticeship Program
Appalachian Expeditions (APEX) is an outdoor education program in Davis, West Virginia. We lead backpacking, boating, and biking expeditions for teenagers and adults, and day camps for younger children. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and awareness for the central Appalachia ecoregion through adventure, community, and sustainable living skills.
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.
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 ethics. This training trip runs May 21-27, 2022 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 small assignments, discussions, and feedback sessions. 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.
- 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: May 21-July 17. During this time, apprentices will participate in the training trip, 2-3 backcountry programs, and one day camp. If necessary, we will work with you to find housing between trips and while in the frontcountry.
- Competencies in wilderness skills, wilderness medicine, and teaching skills. This apprenticeship will prepare you for jobs in outdoor and experiential education, outdoor recreation, and various teaching positions. It will also prepare you to adventure in new and remote places, to become a leader in your community, and to teach others about and through the natural world.
- 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 between backcountry programs.
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Application Deadline: Friday, January 21, 2022