Mountain Resilience Semester Field Staff


Western Colorado University Center for Mountain Transitions


Gunnison, CO



Sarah Johnson

What does mountain resilience in the face of climate change look like? Work with undergraduates during the fall 2021 Mountain Resilience Semester at @WesternColoU to investigate this critical question during an immersive sustainability gap program through exploration, learning, and action. Apply today!Mountain Resilience Semester: Immersion in People, Places, and EnvironmentAugust – November 2021Field Staff Job PostingStudents immerse themselves in the landscape of Colorado’s Southern Rocky Mountains developing an understanding of what resilience for mountain peoples and ecosystems looks like in the 21st century, and how communities are transitioning to sustainable solutions in the face of climate change.Embracing a landscape-based multi-dimensional interdisciplinary approach, the Semester includes exploring diverse ecosystems, social and political communities, and the many ways ecosystems and communities foster resilience through art, local and regional sustainability initiatives, renewable energy, and conservation policy.The Mountain Resilience Semester offers a life-changing learning experience in the Southern Rocky Mountains while earning 16 undergraduate credits. Students with a wide variety of interests and passions come from across the United States and around the world to join faculty in the natural sciences, geography, arts, and outdoor recreation to investigate how people are transitioning to sustainable solutions in the face of climate change. On backcountry field trips, in classrooms and museums, on mountain peaks, around campfires, at mountain huts, and cross-country skiing on the world’s highest flat-topped mountain we confront critical environmental and social challenges of our time. It builds an extraordinary introduction into the world of environmental advocacy and action.This program is a groundbreaking program of Western Colorado University’s Clark School of Environment & Sustainability, Center for Mountain Transitions, Extended Studies, and community leaders and organizations across the region.  To make these three primary components: wilderness travel, sustainability immersion, and community living weave together seamlessly, Center for Mountain Transitions and Extended Studies seeks two experienced, highly competent semester field instructors.Program Dates: Mid August 2021 through late November 2021 Job DutiesIn partnership with the Director of the Mountain Resilience Semester, field staff will Oversee travel, driving, food, lodging, and outdoor activities.Co-design and manage expeditions, facilitate service learning, and facilitate academic course activities.Collaborate with and work alongside program staff, faculty, local guides and partner organizations.Facilitate the growth, development and safety of program participants as an educator, leader, and mentor.QualificationsMinimum age of 23.Extensive experience working with North American high school or college students (depending on program) in educational, experiential and/or recreational contextsBackground in counseling, cross-cultural learning, wilderness/environmental education and/or classroom teaching. Demonstrated leadership, communication and organizational skillsExtensive travel and/or work experience in the wilderness setting, ideally Colorado or similar.A personal or professional background or strong interest in sustainability and environment. Wilderness First Responder current certificationCapable and excited to co-develop curriculum for a new program, experienced with fluid management and flexibility through unexpected last minute changes to itineraries given this is the second year of this program.A nuanced leadership style that can gradually empower students to take more control and autonomy over program elements and content. Current driver’s license and comfortable driving 15 passenger van