Reconnect Earth seeks a motivated, skilled trip leader to help facilitate outdoor educational experiences for college and/or high school-age students in a backcountry setting in Washington’s North Cascades/Puget Sound region this summer. This position includes the following duties:
Reconnect Earth is running three backpacking trips in Summer 2020: two eight-day trips for college students in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and one seven-day trip for high school students in Olympic National Park. As a Trip Leader you will be in the field for two of these sets of dates, assisting with logistics, risk management, and curriculum delivery. You will also help with packing and preparation for one day before each of these two trips.
During the third trip, you will facilitate any routine or emergency communications between the group in the field and relevant parties in the outside world (parents, emergency responders, etc.). This can be done from home, though you should not be much more than a three-hour drive from the Park or Forest where the group in the field is headed. However, you must be prepared to head into the field on short notice in an emergency.
Exact pay depends on if you are on a 7-day or 8-day trip and how much time the communications role requires. However, it should come to about $3,000-3,500 over the course of our mid-June to early-August season. This includes pay for about 12 hours of training time to take place over a two-day period in June. Meals on the trips are provided.
About Reconnect Earth: Reconnect Earth works for a socially and ecologically just future by fostering and growing a network of empowered young leaders to sustain grassroots social movements for years to come. We seek to challenge dominant narratives in environmental education (EE), and to create a new EE paradigm that is inclusive, multicultural, and action-oriented. Summer 2019 was our first season leading backpacking trips for students.
Because Reconnect Earth is still a new organization trying to change the way EE is done, the Backcountry Trip Leader will have the rare opportunity to be involved in shaping an organization that is in the process of doing something different and a bit radical. This is an ideal position for an educator with a strong interest in social justice and activism who wants to help change what mainstream environmental education looks like.
Required skills and qualifications. The successful candidate will be:
Desired skills and qualifications. The following will make your application stronger:
To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and two references via email.
Application deadline: We will begin reviewing applications on March 1st, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted after that date on a rolling basis until position is filled.