Field Instructor

Muddy Sneakers

Salisbury and Brevard , North Carolina

Muddy Sneakers (MS) is seeking motivated and passionate educators to join their Field Instruction team for the 2018-2019 school year. Field Instructors are responsible for teaching science curriculum to fifth graders in small groups in an outdoor setting.

Positions are open in the Piedmont of NC (home office: Salisbury, NC), Western NC (Home office: Brevard, NC), and the Upstate of SC (serving Greenville and Spartanburg).

Field Instructors report directly to the region’s field office Program Director.

Experience and Attributes: Ideal candidates will be committed to MS’ mission and possess relevant experience and key personal attributes including the following:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, ideally in a related field
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in education, including significant experience in experiential education and teaching
  • Strong leadership capabilities in small group settings
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Basic knowledge of the local natural history of the program area
  • Basic map/outdoor navigation skills
  • Positive work ethic and attitude
  • Access to and comfort with communication via email, text, and phone
  • Ability to respectfully give and maturely receive feedback

Essential Functions:

  • Effectively communicate in both verbal and written communications
  • Listen to and comprehend oral communication
  • Read written documentation both on paper and on screen
  • Be comfortable and work effectively in an outdoor or natural setting
  • Work with and have patience for children for up to 8 hours a day
  • Hike up to three (3) miles each day on terrain of varying difficulty
  • Lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Comfortable making difficult decisions in stressful situations with full knowledge of organizational policy and procedure
  • Recognize and respond positively to social cues of children and adults
  • Utilize discretion when faced with sensitive issues that could impact individual parties involved in/with MS or the organization as a whole
  • Work in a team, perform interactive behaviors, and respect a chain of command

Specific duties include:

1.Education/Program Delivery

  • Provide high quality field instruction to 5th grade students while ensuring exemplary field safety
  • Responsible for delivery of the MS curriculum during each expedition while maintaining good time management
  • Maintain appropriate behavior and group management in an outdoor classroom
  • Arrive at the field site on time and in a professional manner

2. Resupply/Logistics

  • Responsible for helping to maintain and organize the field vehicle
  • Maintain individual instructor kits keeping materials in good shape and organized
  • Coordinate with the Assistant Program Director when resupply items are needed
  • Communicate with teaching team via email before the expedition on carpooling and vehicle logistics

3. Administrative Duties

  • Responsible for submitting pay and mileage logs on time each month
  • Complete mid and end-of- season personal evaluation forms
  • Submit lead instructor reports following each expedition

4. Staff meetings/Trainings

  • Responsible for attending pre-season training days (3-5) in addition to mid- year staff meetings (2)
  • Obtain Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certification
  • Enroll in (if not already) the NC Environmental Education Certification Program

Term of Position: The Field Instructor positions are part time, seasonal positions with a weekly commitments ranging from 1-5 days per week. The 2017-18 season will run from late August to late May with a 4-6 week break from mid December to mid to late January.

Pay: Field Instructors are paid on a per expedition basis. Pay is commensurate with experience depending on the individual’s degree, advanced training, and years of teaching experience.

Muddy Sneakers is a 501(c)3 non-profit, science education organization with offices in Brevard, NC and Salisbury, NC.


Please visit our online application portal for more details and to apply: 

Direct any questions to Elise Tellez, Piedmont Program Director: 


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