The Field Instructor (FI) works under the supervision of RMFI Program Managers and in close coordination with RMFI Field Coordinators. The FI aids in the planning and implementation of RMFI’s trail, restoration, and education field programs. The FI assists program staff in the on-the-ground management of field programs and completion of trail and restoration projects. Primary duties include completing objectives for single and multi-day field projects; instructing volunteers (including school-age children) in trail and restoration techniques; assisting with the oversight of tool, equipment, and food logistics in the field; and completing timely, detailed project work logs, equipment and registration
logs, and photo documentation. The FI works with fellow Field Instructors, Field Coordinators, and other RMFI program staff to ensure quality work standards, the highest degree of safety, and an enjoyable experience for all RMFI program participants.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Supervise volunteers and youth corps crews in the completion of trail and restoration projects and work on those projects alongside other Field Instructors and the Field Coordinators.
● Serve as a member of a RMFI stewardship work crew during project days that do not include volunteers. The proportion of days with and without volunteers is variable.
● Instruct and manage volunteers, students, and other program participants in trail and restoration techniques, field safety, and project objectives.
● Assist with the management of field work days by providing project orientation to participants, properly estimating volunteer and staff requirements, completing work in a timely and efficient manner, and ensuring safety at all times.
● Assist with the management of program safety in the field by ensuring the RMFI Safety Policy and Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is followed at all times.
● Manage tool, equipment, and food logistics in the field.
● Participate in pre-and post-project activities including briefings, evaluations, and trainings.
● Document work completed, including photos, GPS data, and detailed work logs.
● Assist in training new seasonal staff and interns.
● Assist in promoting and conducting outreach for RMFI programs.
● Assist in implementing environmental education curriculum on select programs.
● Participate in staff trainings and develop new skills and techniques as necessitated by projects.
● Provide clear, effective, and timely communication with the Program Managers, Field Coordinators, and additional staff.
REQUIRED SKILLS and ABILITIES:
● Must be vaccinated or prove religious/medical exemption.
● Strong conservation ethic and passion for public lands stewardship.
● Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
● Ability to participate in vigorous physical activity for extended periods of time at altitudes up to 10,000+ feet.
● Ability to lift and move a minimum of 40 pounds.
● Current Wilderness First Aid certification required; Wilderness First Responder
certification strongly desired (required for backcountry programs).
● Must pass a pre-employment background check.
1. Complete the RMFI Employment Application by visiting https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScemWbvVSYcO_ho1R04nOq2pIZoNcpXffUWu8xk9oldTwl7GQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
2. Please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to email@example.com with
“RMFI Field Instructor_YourName” in the subject line.
3. The successful candidate will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment background check. RMFI will notify you of the steps involved in this process after an official hiring offer has been made.
The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of public lands in Southern Colorado. RMFI is committed to protecting and enhancing the ecological health of our land and water resources by completing projects focused on watershed restoration, forest health, and creating sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities. By prioritizing the involvement of community volunteers and youth, RMFI envisions a world where our work fosters vibrant and healthy natural systems that are respected and cared for by the public.