Employment Opportunities at Deer Hill

At Deer Hill Expeditions, our full-time and seasonal staff are the essential element in all our programs and the heart of our organization. At Basecamp, Interns keep the show running. They pack for expeditions and drive equipment to resupply sites. They help put delicious meals on the table, and prepare gear for use, gaining an introduction to the inner workings of an outdoor education company. Our field staff’s knowledge, compassion, dedication and experience are the driving force behind the inspiring wilderness and service expeditions we create for young people. Hard at work year-round, Deer Hill’s administration, including the founder/owners, oversee the operations of the business and facilities, manage communications and admissions, and the hiring and training of staff. This group of dedicated interns, field staff, and administrative personnel works as a community to offer expeditions full of heart, challenge, joy and growth.

Administrative Positions 

Occasionally Deer Hill Expeditions has administrative positions available. Openings are posted below.
Please submit an application if you are interested in joining the team and delivering on our mission.

Seasonal Positions and Internships

Deer Hill is currently hiring for 2020. If you have questions about working at Deer Hill, please contact the Staff Manager at staff@deerhillexpeditions.com.

Field Staff

Our field staff bring a wide range of backgrounds and training to their role. The one element that they all have in common is the desire to provide participants with the most meaningful, educational, and fun programs possible. Every day, Deer Hill field staff make an impact on the lives of our participants through their leadership and presence. Our field staff instill in our participants a strong foundation of outdoor skills, service work experience, communication and interpersonal skills in the mountains, deserts and rivers of the Southwest U.S. and Costa Rica. Field staff often find that their work with Deer Hill is deeply fulfilling because it is meaningful. They experience the daily richness of supporting participants as they take risks, build new skills, and ultimately learn to connect more fully with the wilderness, others and themselves.

Overview

  • In the spring and fall, Deer Hill works with schools and private groups.
  • Spring and fall groups range from Waldorf school trips and family custom programs, to religious organizations and international schools.
  • In the summer, Deer Hill operates multi-week programs for participants in 7th-12th grades
  • Summer participants sign up individually and include adolescents with varying outdoor experience from the US and around the world. Participants also include high potential, low-income scholarship recipients, supported by the Deer Hill Foundation and other non-profits.

Activities

Deer Hill Programs include a combination of two or more of the following activities:

  • Backpacking
  • Canyoneering
  • Mountaineering
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Cross-cultural Service
  • Conservation Service

Regions

Deer Hill Basecamp is located in Mancos, Colorado and programs run in the following areas:

  • Weminuche Wilderness Area, Colorado
  • La Plata Mountains, Colorado
  • Lizard Wilderness Area, Colorado
  • Cedar Mesa, Utah
  • San Juan River, Utah
  • Green River, Utah
  • Colorado River, Utah
  • Moab, Utah
  • Navajo Nation
  • Hopi Nation
  • Zuni Nation
  • Costa Rica

Positions

A Field Staff leader team facilitates each Deer Hill program. The team ranges from 2-5 Field Staff, depending on the number of participants and type of activities. Field Staff may be contracted to work in several positions throughout the season; for example, a Field Staff may work two programs as a Program Leader and one program as an Instructor. Field Staff work with the Staff Manager to determine the best position for them for each contract, based on Deer Hill need and Field Staff ability. Field Staff positions include:

  • Program Leader: Responsible for the leadership, risk management and quality of each program. The Program Leader position is for individuals with exceptional technical and interpersonal skills, as well as familiarity with Deer Hill. Most individuals have worked a minimum of one Deer Hill program prior to working in a Program Leader position.
  • Instructor: This position is for individuals with experience and competence in the outdoor education field.
  • Assistant Instructor: This is an introductory position for individuals who are beginning to work in the outdoor education field. Some technical skill or teaching experience is recommended.
  • Internships: Please see the section below for information about the Internship Program and for the separate Internship Application.

Salary

Starting wages:

  • Program Leaders: $115.00/day
  • Instructors: $80.00/day
  • Assistant Instructors: $45.00/day

Wages increase by 10.00/day for every 100 days Field Staff work at Deer Hill in a particular position. Deer Hill offers a “Recognition Of Professional Experience” Program that provides Field Staff an opportunity to earn credit towards higher pay levels using field days worked at other organizations.

Benefits

  • Food and lodging provided while on contract (and include: meals, beds, laundry facilities, staff storage area, kitchen, ping pong table, horseshoe pit, pond, fruit trees and 130 acres—if you’d rather sleep under the stars).
  • Access to pro purchase programs, providing steep discounts to top name, outdoor gear brands.
  • Professional development trainings to support Field Staff growth and continuing education.
  • Deer Hill offers a Spring River Training and a Summer Mountain Training, free of charge, for new and returning Field Staff. The Spring River Training includes river safety, Deer Hill river systems, and how to row an oar rig and captain a paddle raft. The Summer Mountain Training includes on and off trail mountain travel, Deer Hill backpacking systems, and orientation to the high alpine regions of Southwest Colorado. Both trainings include risk management, decision making, leadership, and education curriculum.

Dates

  • Spring River Training: April 3rd – 7th, 2020
  • Spring Season: March – June 
  • Summer Guide School: June 5th – 17th, 2020
  • Summer Season: June – August

Field Staff may apply for spring, summer or both seasons. Each contract is for a program that ranges between 1 and 4 weeks in length. Field Staff can either work a single contract or multiple contracts, depending on Deer Hill need and Field Staff preference. Preference is given to applicants who work both spring and summer seasons.

Required Qualifications

  • 21 years of age minimum.
  • Able to work legally in the United States.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Current CPR and WFR certifications, minimum.
  • Able to pass criminal background check with CBI and FBI.
  • Able to manage participant and program needs 24/7 for the duration of the contract.
  • Successful professional experience guiding and teaching groups in wilderness settings.

Desired Skills

  • Motivated to create impactful, meaningful experiences for adolescents.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing situations.
  • Desire to be of service to others.
  • Self-aware and engaged in own personal growth.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Affective organization abilities.
  • Able to work well independently and with others.
  • Grounded, fun, and hard-working.

Logistical Coordinator Internship

Deer Hill’s Logistic Coordinator (LC) is an essential element of the Deer Hill community, both in spirit and in hard work. LCs live on site and support Deer Hill programs and operations by preparing equipment, repairing gear, maintaining facilities, facilitating resupplies, outfitting store management, Summer Intern management, and assisting with logistical scheduling.

This is a unique perspective and opportunity for interaction in the community of outdoor education. This position offers the opportunity to manage logistical operations as well as assist in managing our Summer Interns. LCs work alongside field staff during transitions and resupplies, help participants get outfitted with gear from our store, work alongside our kitchen staff preparing meals, and work with our Facility Manager preparing vehicles for use, and base camp maintenance. With hands-on experience and guidance from Deer Hill administrative staff, LCs learn about, and manage the logistics and systems to facilitate multi-element wilderness expeditions and cross-cultural service projects.

Logistical Coordinator Internship

Overview

  • LCs live on site and support Deer Hill programs and operations by preparing equipment, repairing gear, maintaining facilities, facilitating resupplies, outfitting store management, Summer Intern management, and assisting with logistical scheduling.
  • Weekly schedule varies to accommodate programming needs.

Dates

  • March 9th – August 31st 2020

Required Qualifications

  • 21 years of age minimum.
  • Able to work legally in the United States.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass criminal background checks.
  • Good physical condition, able to carry 50 pounds.
  • Able to commit to the duration of the internship. ­
  • Comfortable driving long distances and camping.
  • Able to live and work cooperatively with others.
  • Willing to work long hours.
  • Dependable and professional.

Desired Qualifications

  • Management experience
  • Pursuing a career as an outdoor professional.
  • Positive attitude and good sense of humor.
  • Experience repairing gear.
  • Retail experience

Benefits

  • Lodging provided.
  • Supplemental food and meals available.
  • Access to pro purchase programs.
  • Attend Field Staff River Training (~5 day river trip).
  • $ 1640 stipend.

Outdoor Education Internship

Deer Hill’s Internship Program is an essential element of the Deer Hill community, both in spirit and in hard work. Interns live onsite and support Deer Hill programs and operations by preparing equipment, packing supplies, repairing gear, maintaining facilities, and facilitating resupplies. This internship offers a unique perspective and opportunity for interaction in the community of outdoor education. Interns work alongside field staff during transitions and resupplies, they help participants get outfitted with gear from our store, they work alongside our kitchen staff preparing meals, and they work with our Facility Manager preparing vehicles for use. With hands-on experience and guidance from Deer Hill administrative staff, Interns learn about the logistics and systems to facilitate multi-element wilderness expeditions and cross-cultural service projects.

Upon completion of the internship program, exceptional and motivated interns  may be invited back to work with Deer Hill in an Assistant Instructor or Instructor role. Requirements for working as Field Staff are listed above.

Spring Outdoor Education Internship

Overview

  • 3 interns live and work on site at Deer Hill for the season.
  • Responsibilities include: food packing, resupply, pack out, de-issue, driving, gear repair and maintenance, cooking, cleaning, administrative work and facility projects to upkeep Basecamp.
  • Internship is logistic and operation focused.
  • Weekly schedule varies to accommodate programming needs.

Dates

  • March 25th – May 31st 2020

Required Qualifications

  • 20 years of age minimum.
  • Able to work legally in the United States.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass criminal background checks.
  • Good physical condition, able to carry 50 pounds.
  • Able to commit to the duration of the internship. ­
  • Comfortable driving long distances and camping.
  • Able to live and work cooperatively with others.
  • Willing to work long hours.
  • Dependable and professional.

Desired Qualifications

  • Pursuing a career as an outdoor professional.
  • Positive attitude and good sense of humor.
  • Experience repairing gear.

Benefits

  • Lodging provided.
  • Supplemental food and meals available.
  • Access to pro purchase programs.
  • Join Field Staff River Training (~5 day river trip).
  • Potential opportunity to become an Assistant Instructor during our Summer Season.*
    • *This is not a guaranteed benefit and is subject to approval by our Staff Manager.
  • $ 1,215 stipend.

Summer Outdoor Education Internship

Overview

  • 6 interns live and work on site at Deer Hill for the season.
  • Responsibilities include: food packing, resupply, pack out, de-issue, driving, gear repair and maintenance, cooking, cleaning, administrative work and facility projects to upkeep Basecamp.
  • Internship is logistic and operation focused.
  • Weekly schedule varies to accommodate programming needs.

Dates

  • June 1st – August 17th 2020

Required Qualifications

  • 20 years of age minimum.
  • Able to work legally in the United States.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass criminal background checks.
  • Good physical condition, able to carry 50 pounds.
  • Able to commit to the duration of the internship. ­
  • Comfortable driving long distances and camping.
  • Able to live and work cooperatively with others.
  • Willing to work long hours.
  • Dependable and professional.

Desired Qualifications

  • Pursuing a career as an outdoor professional.
  • Positive attitude and good sense of humor.
  • Experience repairing gear.

Benefits

  • Lodging provided.
  • Supplemental food and meals available.
  • Access to pro purchase programs.
  • Join Summer Field Training (~5 day backcountry experience).
  • $1,415 stipend.

Kitchen Cook

Working with our Kitchen Manager, our Kitchen Cooks support/create a community atmosphere for participants. The Kitchen is a lively atmosphere where many people come together around healthy and nutritious food. Kitchen Cooks prepare meals for groups of 10-40 people during their stay at Basecamp. We are always looking for dedicated and personable individuals to fill our Kitchen Cook position. Position is open until filled; please apply regardless of the time of year and we’ll be in touch.

Overview

  • Responsibilities include cooking and baking planned meals, preparing food for the field, maintaining the cleanliness and functionality of the kitchen. Deer Hill’s operating season is fast paced and includes long days.
  • The Kitchen Cook is part of a team of other cooks but primarily works solo or with intern support.
  • Position can be full-time, part-time, and/or flextime. Schedules vary to accommodate our programming season.

Dates

  • 2019: April – August
  • *Dates are flexible; please contact Diane with questions at 970-533-7492 or 970-759-4106 or email her at Diane@deerhillexpeditions.com

Required Qualifications

  • 20 years of age minimum
  • Able to work legally in the United States.
  • Ability to pass criminal background checks.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility in hours worked
  • Dependable and professional

Desired Qualifications

  • Highly motivated and organized with prior relevant experience
  • Positive attitude and ability to deliver and receive feedback.
  • Professional and well organized.
  • Familiarity with outdoor experiential education.
  • Demonstrated tolerance for adversity and uncertainty.

Benefits

  • $12-$14 / hour, DOE.
  • Meals available during programming season.
  • Access to industry pro purchase plan.

I believe it is important to connect young people in a real way with the wilderness, to help them understand that it is worth saving, and to instill in them incredible strength and willpower. Seeing the sense of pride a Deer Hill student has after crossing a huge wilderness on foot, I know that this person will now be able to succeed at whatever they put their mind to.

Michael, field staff

 

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