Early Childhood Instructors

Field Staff · Telluride, Colorado
Department Field Staff
Employment Type Summer Seasonal
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation Weekly salary dependent on experience.

Telluride Academy is looking for creative and energetic individuals to instruct our Early Childhood (EC) enrichment programs. These programs are designed for our youngest participants and provide great employment opportunities for individuals interested in early childhood development. Students will range in ages between five and eight years old. Each program is designed for different groups, skill levels and interests that are a great introduction to the rivers, lakes, mesas and mountains within the Telluride region.  Activities may include rock climbing, inflatable kayaking, SUPing, arts and crafts, hiking, field games and camp-outs. Instructor responsibilities include ensuring a safe, engaging and educational experience for groups of young students in and around the Telluride region and San Juan Mountains. Additionally, all staff in this position must use positive behavior reinforcement and developmentally appropriate guidance techniques to encourage a positive environment. Staff must possess strong organizational skills to handle weekly student field reports, program logistics, instructor evaluations and activity budgets.  A high level of patience, motivation and creativity is required for this position! During a typical two-week program, two co-instructors will share responsibility for a maximum of 13 students. Programs typically run from
8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with some programs having an overnight camp-out during the first and/or second  Wednesday. Within the structure of established itineraries, Academy instructors are given the flexibility to shape daily programming – a unique and successful key to the Academy’s long-standing success.

About the Academy

Telluride Academy, based in the heart of the rugged San Juan Mountains, is one of the largest and most unique outdoor youth organizations in Colorado. Each summer, the Telluride Academy, a 36-year-old non-profit organization, welcomes over850 students who participate in more than 100 diverse programs. Telluride Academy offers programs that introduce children to the beauty of the natural world.  Through exploration and play, we strive to inspire imaginations and instill an awareness and appreciation for the outdoors.  Our curriculum encompasses specialized activities that focus on adventure education, art, ecology, science, mountain sports, performing arts, and regional and international travel.

Organized, dependable and professional
Knowledge and enthusiasm for outdoor/ experiential education
Significant prior experience working with youth
Ability to be present and "cell phone" free while at work
Current WFA and CPR certification (or ability to obtain with the Academy or independently)
Must pass a criminal and driving background check 
Must be at least 21yrs of age


We Offer
Rewarding experiences working with youth
Highly competitive wages and pay increases for certain certifications and qualifications
Pre-summer Wilderness First Aid training

Paid staff training
Beautiful mountain town setting
Staff events and pro deals
Established and experienced staff members

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  • Location
    Telluride, Colorado
  • Department
    Field Staff
  • Employment Type
    Summer Seasonal
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Weekly salary dependent on experience.