Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center - Field Instructor
Posted by Project U.S.E. on 01/18/2023
Industry Sector: Outdoor
Job Categories: Camp Staff & Counselors, Outdoor Education
Company Type: School/Military
Country: United States
Required Experience: 1 - 3 years
Contact Name: Amye Follett
Business Phone: (973) 645-0080
Job Type: Seasonal Part Time
Required to Relocate:
Required to Travel:
Employee May Telecommute: No
Job Seeker Must Live Within: 10 miles
Job Description & Requirements
Who we are
Project U.S.E. is a private, nonprofit education organization with a focus on developing character, building community, enhancing traditional school curriculum, and connecting with the natural world. Founded in 1970, we work with over 3,000 young people and adults annually from all over New Jersey and the northeast. We provide experiential education programs to public and private schools, state and municipal agencies, community groups and corporations.
The Wildcat Program provides single- and multi-day adventure-based wilderness programs, with an emphasis on character development. Activities include rock climbing, low & high ropes courses, canoeing, backcountry camping, and expedition travel on courses. The Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center, located in northern New Jersey, is a 50,000 acre wilderness area. Programs take place mostly in New Jersey, but longer trips travel to New England, West Virginia and other locations.
Delivering adventure-based programs to Project U.S.E. clients. As part of the Wildcat Instructor team, you are responsible for:
Leading groups of 10-15 participants (Middle School, High School, College and Adults)
Instructing activities and exercises that emphasize: leadership, teamwork, positive communication, trust, community, environmental education and conflict resolution
Encouraging groups to connect with the natural world
Instructing at Wildcat is never boring- each group brings a different perspective and challenge to the day!
What you’ll do
In your role, you will assist with single and multi-day courses with our groups. Courses may include the following:
Team Building Activities
Low & High Ropes Course Elements
When you’re not on programs you may be: prepping food & gear for other programs, doing logistics work, light trail maintenance around basecamp or researching new program activities or locations.
Who you are & what you bring
You are a person who is passionate about education and making a difference in the lives of young people. You are motivated, mature, and possess outstanding judgment and decision-making skills. You believe in our mission and are excited to impact the future generation in a positive way.
• Over 18 years of age
• Passionate about teaching or working with young people
• Ability to pass a background check
• Ability to lift at least 25+ lbs
• Comfortable working outdoors in all types of weather
• Comfortable speaking in front of groups
• Clean Driver’s License
Nice to have…
• Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or Basic First Aid & CPR
• Lifeguard certification
• Experience with Outdoor Activities including: rock-climbing, belaying, canoeing, camping & backpacking
What’s in it for you
Wildcat Programs are a great way for you to gain experience teaching or working with young people in a non-traditional environment. Our program emphasizes teamwork, team bonding and leadership, skills that will be useful to have in many other positions. It’s also a chance to work in the great outdoors and share your passion for the natural world. For many Instructors, this job has been an introduction to other positions in the outdoor adventure field, classroom teaching, social work and other non-profit positions.
Position is Part-time Seasonal - from February through November 15.
If interested in this opportunity please send a cover letter and resume to Program Director, Amye Follett at firstname.lastname@example.org. When sending the email please use the subject line “Wildcat Instructor Applicant”
Project U.S.E. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
About Project U.S.E.
Project U.S.E. is a private, nonprofit education organization with a focus on developing character, building community, enhancing traditional school curriculum, and connecting with the natural world.
Founded in 1970, we work with over 3,000 young people and adults annually from all over New Jersey and the northeast. We provide experiential and outdoor education programs to public and private schools, state and municipal agencies, community groups and corporations.