Employment Opportunities


Seasonal Field Instructor


Location:  Circleville, WV

Length of Employment: Spring Instructor Positions Filled!

Now Hiring for Fall Season: August 22-November 20, 2015

Deadline: Positions open until filled

Supervisor: Course Director


The Mountain Institute (TMI) is seeking outdoor professionals to lead high quality education and adventure based experiential education courses in a remote and challenging setting.

Institutional Background:

The Mountain Institute has a forty-year record of delivering practical and tangible solutions for mountain regions in the Himalayas, the Andes, and the Appalachians. Seasonal Field Instructors work within the Appalachia Program, based at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center in West Virginia. The Appalachian Program is focused on Mountain Learning education courses. These courses include single and multi-day residential courses, multi-day field courses in the Monongahela National Forest, and off-site courses at various locations in the Mid-Atlantic States. The mission of these courses is to help people become confident, competent individuals with a clear vision of their responsibilities and potential for improving the human condition and the natural world. For more information about Mountain Learning Programs, visit www.mountain.org/appalachian.



·         Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for students and guests

·         Prepare and deliver hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based lessons in a remote outdoor
          setting for both day and evening programs

·         Lead 1-5 day residential and field based programs in challenging settings that include
          hiking, canoeing, orienteering, caving, backpacking, and climbing components

·         Facilitate team and community building activities within groups

·         Implement and model excellent risk management strategies and administer first aid as

·         Teach and lead groups in the outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and on uneven terrain

·         Prepare facilities and gear before trips and clean facilities and gear at the end of trips

·         Prepare and cook meals for visiting educational and rental groups

·         Maintain a professional demeanor while interacting with groups and guests

·         Assist with facility upkeep as needed, including basic carpentry, repairs, vehicle
          maintenance, and general troubleshooting



·         Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

·         Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications (recertification is
          available on-site 3/27-3/29)

·         Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills

·         Teaching experience, either formal or informal

·         Ability to confidently lead groups in a remote outdoor setting

·         Desire to teach and work with young people from varying social and economic

·         Working knowledge of the natural sciences

·         Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather

·         Desire to protect, conserve, and promote mountain ecosystems

·         Valid driver’s license

·         Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends

·         Positive attitude and unassailable work ethic

·         Desire to live in a remote place with an outstanding community of outdoor
          professionals and to work hard to make positive change in our world



Starting pay is $60.00 per day. Instructors are also provided with housing during their period of employment and board during programs.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: 

Melinda Brooks

Spruce Knob Mountain Center 

18 Woodlands Way

Circleville, WV 26804 


The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Mountain Fundraising Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Deadline: Open until filled
Supervisor: Program Officer
Overview: The Mountain Institute is seeking an enthusiastic intern with a passion for mountains and the environment to work for approximately 10-15 hours per week in our Washington, DC headquarters office. This intern will support our organizational growth and development.
Institutional Background:
The Mountain Institute (TMI) has a forty-year record of delivering practical and tangible solutions for mountain regions in the Himalayas, the Andes, and North America. We are also a leader in advancing the global agenda for sustainable mountain development. Our programs develop and apply tested approaches to conserve mountain habitats and resources, improve mountain economies, sustain mountain cultures, and strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environmental services in the face of climate change and other local and global pressures. For more information visit: www.mountain.org.
  • Produce donor thank you and acknowledgment letters, and other donor correspondence
  • Data entry and donor information tracking in databases such as Giftworks and Constant Contact
  • Assist and undertake individual donor and prospect research
  • Help identify and track prospects for foundation and agency fundraising in close coordination with TMI directors and other development staff.
  • Support preparation, research, and submission of grant proposals and proposal reports
  • Filing and archiving of documents, proposals and reports
  • Support the Executive Director, development staff, and Trustees to enhance TMI’s overall funding, particularly for unrestricted support
  • Provide support at speaking engagements and events
  • Provide other institutional support as needed
Minimum Requirements:
  • At least two years into an undergraduate program, or working toward a master’s degree.  A program/degree related to the environment or communications is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience with donor management systems a plus
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and other design software a plus
  • Be hard-working and motivated
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to work independently as well as with others
  • Be able to meet deadlines
Compensation: Unpaid. For all unpaid internships, applicants must be enrolled in a university or college, and we will work with them to obtain academic course credit from their university if possible.
To Apply: E-mail a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Mountain Fundraising Internship Application” to Program Officer Chris Czarnecki at cczarnecki@mountain.org
The Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer