Think Outside

Seasonal Field Staff

Note: We are not currently hiring field staff because of program cancellations due to COVID-19. Feel free to contact Jordan Tidball-Sciullo, Staff and Training Coordinator, with any questions at jtidball@boojum.org.

Who We Are Looking For

We recruit those who are passionate. Maybe you see yourself as an educator, a mentor, a guide, an environmentalist, or simply an outdoor enthusiast. This work requires positivity, creativity, organizational skills, professionalism, and a desire to learn and grow. We are looking for people who are willing to collaborate with a dynamic group of staff while at times working under limited direct supervision.

Workplace Culture and Community

We enjoy hiring those who make the work environment fun for all involved, not just participants. We seek to provide opportunities for our staff and volunteers to work in spectacular destinations across the beautiful, rugged landscapes of the west. We work in areas like Joshua Tree National Park, Idyllwild, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the Colorado River, and the San Jacinto and Sierra Nevada mountains.

We strive to provide our staff and volunteers with adventures that broaden their horizons. While they may work long days in varying environmental conditions, they find that this is a rewarding field to work in. Staff often say that it is a privilege to see participants develop peer relationships, boost their self-confidence, and gain environmental stewardship skills.

Timeframes & Hiring Process

Our primary seasons are fall and spring. The fall season typically starts with staff training in mid-to-late August and courses run August through early November. The spring season starts with staff training in late February or early March and the season ends in early June. It is important to note that depending on the frequency of programming, employment may be intermittent in a given season. Also, due to the custom nature of our programming, your work schedule will likely differ from week to week.

We understand that people have busy lives, and will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs. Some of our staff work every program in a given season while others may just work a few. If you have any concerns regarding availability, please let us know.

    • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions for a given season are filled.
    • When applications are received, we will review them and respond via email. Our intention is to respond to every applicant within one week.
    • We conduct interviews (under one hour) over the phone. If you are invited for an interview, we will ask for three references at that time.
    • If we choose to hire you, please know that part of the onboarding process involves a background check through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI).

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Jordan Tidball-Sciullo (Staff and Training Coordinator) at jtidball@boojum.org.

Benefits

While on program, staff are paid a daily rate and are provided with all meals and accommodation (typically a campsite at the program location). While we do not currently have housing available off-program, we can often provide you with reasonable accommodation on the nights before and after a program as well as between programs with a quick turn-around.

In addition, staff are eligible for industry discounts and pro deals with consolidation sites (Expert Voice and Outdoor Prolink) and companies such as Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, Prana, Cascade Designs (Platapus, Thermarest, MSR, Seal Line, Pack Towl, E-Case), and others.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 18 years of age or older
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Strong skills In leadership, teamwork, time management, organization, judgment, planning, and communication

Do You Have Skills in Any of These?

  • Camping
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Rock climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Teambuilding
  • Challenge course facilitation
  • Leave No Trace
  • Backcountry travel & navigation
  • Wilderness medicine
  • Environmental education
  • Outdoor education
  • Curriculum and lesson plan implementation
  • Teaching
  • Mentoring
  • Guiding
  • Group management
  • Processing and debriefing
  • Spanish or other language proficiency
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
  • Photography/videography

Position Descriptions

The success of a Boojum program is contingent upon staff assuming a variety of roles. Staff are placed into roles based on a number of factors including certifications, relevant experience/skills, trainings attended, course area knowledge, and seniority. A staff member’s role may change from program to program. 

Below you will notice pay ranges per position. Our multi-level pay rate is designed to encourage retention and professional development while rewarding that commitment through compensation. This objective process is based on a rubric of competencies.

Requires current First Aid, CPR, minimum age 18 years

Belay participants at Challenge Course or Climbing Site. Responsible for providing personal transportation to all contracted locations.

Requires current First Aid, CPR, Driver’s License in some cases, minimum age 18 years (21 years if driving)

Assist with behind the scenes logistics, food, and water drops for backpacking programs. Duties may include but are not limited to: purchasing, packing, preparing, inventorying, or derigging food and or gear; caching water; and driving transport vehicles. Responsible for providing personal transportation to all contracted locations.

Requires current First Aid, CPR, Driver’s License, minimum age 21 years

Manage logistical details for program including but not limited to equipment and food preparations. Meet and brief with admin members in Temecula to pack out food and equipment. Duties may include but are not limited to: purchasing, packing, preparing, inventorying, or derigging food and/or equipment; caching water; and driving transport vehicles. Responsible for providing personal transportation to all contracted locations.

Requires current Wilderness First Responder or First Aid depending on course type, CPR, Drivers license in some cases, minimum age 18 years

Responsible for risk management, teaching, facilitation, and leadership of small groups of students in the field. Responsible for course documentation/reporting and equipment inventory. Responsible for providing personal transportation to all contracted locations.

Requires current First Aid, CPR, Association for Challenge Course Technology Level II (or equivalent experience), minimum age 18 years

Responsible for challenge course operations and risk management. Includes set-up/take-down, equipment inspection and inventory, briefings, course documentation, supervising instructors and belayers, and performing rescues as needed. May need to transport equipment to site in personal vehicle. Responsible for providing personal transportation to all contracted locations.

Requires current Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Single Pitch Instructor (AMGA) or Single Pitch Climbing Instructor (PCIA), minimum age 18 years

Responsible for climbing site operations and risk management. Duties include set-up/take-down, equipment inspection and inventory, anchor building, basic climbing instruction, supervising staff and participants, belaying, and performing rescues as needed. May need to transport equipment to site in personal vehicle. Responsible for providing personal transportation to all contracted locations.

Requires current Wilderness First Responder (in most cases), CPR, Driver’s License in some cases, minimum age 21 years

Assist the Course Director with communication between staff and program partner. Meet in Temecula to pack out food and gear. Responsible for food service during course including purchasing and packing food, prepping, cooking, and cleaning. Work with support staff and students before, during, and after mealtimes. May be required to Drive Boojum vehicle and trailer to and from program. Responsible for providing personal transportation to all contracted locations except when noted.

Requires current Wilderness First Responder (in most cases), CPR, Driver’s License, minimum age 21 years

Manage all program details including logistics, staff, food, equipment, participants, and chaperones. Communicate with administrative team members in the weeks leading up to program. Meet in Temecula to pack out food and gear. Responsible for planning program content and risk management. Supervises and supports all members of the Field Team. Act as the lead field representative of Boojum. Responsible for course documentation and reporting. Drive Boojum vehicle and trailer to and from program. Conduct staff briefing and debriefing.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Jordan Tidball-Sciullo (Staff & Training Coordinator) at jtidball@boojum.org, making sure to include any relevant personal or professional experience.

If you are not qualified for these positions but are interested in learning about the outdoor education industry, check out our internship program or contact Jordan Tidball-Sciullo to set up an informational interview.

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