Instructor, Teton Science Schools

Jackson, WY

Job Title: Instructor

Organization: Teton Science Schools

Type of opportunity: In field education, we use the wildlands of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest as our classrooms. The Lead Instructor provides customized field science and environmental education programming for youth, adult, and family residential and non-residential programs. The Lead Instructor brings a depth of experience in science content and/or teaching pedagogy and models transformative place-based education and professionalism for the entire Field Education team. In addition to field instructor duties, the Lead Instructor serves as a resource for other instructors and is a liaison between instructors and faculty members.


Teaching (80%)

  • Develop and implement thematic, place-based, hands-on field science curriculum and evening programs for multi-day, outdoor learning experiences. Programs may include evenings and overnights in hotels or tents.
  • Incorporate program logistics, student interests, teacher requests, NGSS and state science standards and TSS educational framework into instruction.
  • Mentor and guide AmeriCorps members and instructors in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.
  • Facilitate the following while leading field groups of 7-13 people on excursions in the Greater

Yellowstone Ecosystem:

  • Exploration of local natural history
  • Inquiry-based learning

  • Field research

  • Stewardship and citizen-science projects

  • Development of teamwork, communication and leadership, including facilitation of high and low elements on the Doug Walker Challenge Course

  • Responsibility for self and care of equipment

  • Hiking, backcountry travel and front- and backcountry camping skill development

  • Travel by foot, snowshoe, ski, and canoe depending on the season

  • Transference of subject matter back to participants’ home communities

Manage participants’ physical, social, and emotional safety/risk and empower participants to become risk managers during all instructor-led activities.

Educator Development (embedded within teaching):

  • Co-teach weekly with AmeriCorps members.

  • Support mentoring of AmeriCorps members through goal setting, program and lesson planning, daily debriefing and end of program reflection.

  • Engage in professional development through weekly debriefs, lesson planning support and field observations.

Program Support (20%)

  • Share depth of experience in science content and/or teaching pedagogy and model transformative place-based education and professionalism for the Field Education team.
  • Serve as a model to other instructors and a liaison between instructors and faculty members.
  • Attend all staff trainings and meetings as required and assigned.
  • Assist with cleaning and maintaining residential lodges, teaching spaces, dining lodge, equipment and supplies.
  • Support all aspects of programming within Field Education and across other program areas of TSS.
  • Contribute to inclusive work and learning environments through continually developing cultural competency. Cultural competence is one’s ability to interact effectively across various dimensions of diversity. It lies at the intersection of awareness of others, self-awareness, and applying skills & knowledge to promote inclusion and equity.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.

Desired qualifications:

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching; willingness to be part of a small community.
  • At least 1.5 years of experience teaching hands-on, inquiry-based field science or environmental science, ideally in a residential, outdoor setting.
  • Experience managing risk and traveling and teaching in the outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Experience teaching science and natural history in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and/or the willingness to commit to self-directed study in order to be prepared for instruction.
  • Experience co-teaching and lesson planning within a teaching team.
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field. Master’s degree in science, education or related field or teaching certificate in science preferred.
  • Valid Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Successful applicants must pass a criminal history background check and driving record review prior to start date.
  • WFR, Adult & Child CPR, AED

Start and end dates: December 2, 2019 – November 13, 2020


  • Daily pay rate of $125/day for a 1st year Lead Instructor, $131 for a 2nd year Lead Instructor, and $135 for a 3rd+ year instructor.
  • Additional pay for evening work or other auxiliary duties.
    • Evening Program – – $40

    • Elk Evening Program (used for Evening Programs that include dinner) – – $50

    • Overnight lodge shift – – $50

    • Overnight camping shift – – $60

  • End of season completion bonus of $1,000 to be paid out at the end of the Field Education Year.

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance

  • Pro Deals from brand name outdoor companies

  • Limited employee housing available

  • Meals available while groups are on campus to staff who participate in the TSS Food Coop

  • Proximity to Jackson, Wyoming and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

How to apply: Contact Kendall Peacock (

Application deadline: September 9, 2019, applications reviewed on a rolling basis