Inclusion Support Instructor

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

Telluride Academy is seeking qualified candidates to fulfill multiple Inclusion Support Instructor positions.  This is a summer seasonal position that requires an individual with prior knowledge of and experience with populations with special needs, including Autism, ADHD and behavioral challenges. The Inclusion Support Instructors play a crucial role in ensuring Telluride Academy can provide positive, safe and inclusive experiences for all students. 


At Telluride Academy, we are dedicated to serving every child. We provide accessible adventure for all campers, creating a socially inclusive outdoor experience. By including campers of all ability levels, we are enriching our community locally and globally. Campers not only learn about each others’ differences but they also gain lifelong benefits in sharing each others’ similarities. The friendships, self-confidence, and independence built in our programs are unmatched and eye-opening.


Key Responsibilities


  • Serve as a one-on-one "buddy" for our students with special needs and disabilities. Accompany students on Telluride Academy programs.
  • Communicate with Inclusion Director to identify student needs and create plans to best support individual students.
  • Participate in all-staff training, including an Inclusion Training Workshop  designed to prepare staff to serve children with disabilities.
  • Ensure the safety of all campers and instructors by proper preparation and decision making.
  • Cultivate and provide an inclusive learning environment for instructors and campers.



Inclusion Support Instructors are expected to act as “buddies” throughout the summer, and should be prepared to be staffed on a variety of different programs (all of which vary in activity, age group, number of overnights, etc.), depending on inclusion needs. If there is a week in which there are no students in need of buddies, the Inclusion Support Specialists will act as Field Instructors and support other Telluride Academy programming.

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 of and enthusiasm for inclusion and 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.