Job Description 


The Outdoor Education Instructor position at High Trails is a demanding and rewarding seasonal work experience that revolves around responsibilities in three main areas: the Discovery Group, The Cabin, and Evening Programs.

Discovery Groups

In each 2.5-6.5-hour outdoor Discovery Group session, High Trails instructors will plan and implement educational lessons as they lead a group of approximately 20 students on an activity-based learning experience, focusing on the natural environment and the history and science of various groups of people who lived before us.  These sessions are chosen by each school based on particular curricular goals, and one teacher and four high school counselors accompany and assist the instructor during each lesson. Role-playing, group initiatives, experiential learning, and scientific experimentation form the framework of our program.  Attention to preparation, flexibility, and excitement for learning are all qualities that are necessary to lead and teach students in the outdoor classroom.

The Cabins

Each instructor is assigned to lead and facilitate cabin life for students during their stay at High Trails.  Cabins are comprised of two cabins-sides, each with 8-10 students and 2 high school counselors, and are gender-specific.  One or two teachers also live in a separate room in the cabin, and are involved with the cabin group throughout the day.  High Trails instructors lead their cabin groups on morning hikes prior to breakfast, and spend time with the students in the cabin in the evenings to close out the day.  While in the cabin, instructors will build community within the group and stay available to help with whatever issues arise.

Evening Programs

During the week, instructors will lead an Evening Program after dinner each night.  At the Interbarn, instructors, with the help of high school counselors, teach students about a variety of topics utilizing our hands-on interpretive learning stations.  The Folk Dance, filled with fun, costumes, and story-dances, is a chance for students to enjoy themselves at the end of the day.  Dances are taught and led by the High Trails Staff, and provide a chance to showcase creativity and hilarity.


-Enjoyment of the natural world and the outdoors.

-Ability to communicate with students, adults, and other Staff members.

-Flexibility and adaptability to a variety of schedules and tasks.

-Desire to learn and teach new things.

-Commitment to being a contributing member of the educational community.

-A degree from an accredited university.


Fall Season: Late August to mid-November

Spring: Late March to mid-May  


 We provide housing for instructors on our property with meals provided at our main lodge. Laundry service is also included, and instructors are eligible for outdoor gear pro-deals from a variety of companies. For any questions regarding our pay scale please feel free to contact us. 

Contact us if you have further questions.

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High Trails Outdoor Education Center and the Colorado Outdoor Education Center are committed to providing equal employment opportunities.  All qualified applicants and employees will be considered for employment and advancement without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.