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

Staff Manager

This position is full-time during Deer Hill Expeditions’ programming season and part-tome in the off-season. Primary responsibilities include the hiring, training, and management of seasonal field staff and interns. The ideal candidate is attentive to details and deadlines, organized, self-motivated and adaptable. This position requires clear communication skills, patience, and humor. Read the full description.

Staff Manager Application

Seasonal Positions and Internships

Deer Hill begins filling positions for Field Staff and Interns in the fall of each year. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you have questions about working at Deer Hill, please contact the Staff Manager at [email protected]

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: $110.00/day
  • Instructors: $75.00/day
  • Assistant Instructors: $45.00/day

Wages increase by $5.00/day for every 40 days Field Staff work at Deer Hill in a particular position. Deer Hill offers a “Recognition Of Professional Experience” Program that offers 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: Mid April
  • Spring Season: Late April – Mid June 
  • Summer Mountain Training: Early June
  • Summer Season: Mid June – Mid 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.

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.

This year we offer two different Outdoor Education Internships. They differ from one another so be sure to carefully read the details below.

Spring Outdoor Education Internship

Overview

  • 4 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

  • April 1 – June 8, 2017

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

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

Benefits

  • $500/month stipend.
  • Lodging provided.
  • Supplemental food and meals available.
  • Access to pro purchase programs.
  • Join Field Staff River Training (~3 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.

Summer Outdoor Education Internship

Overview

  • 7 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 1 – August 19, 2017

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

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

Benefits

  • $500/month stipend.
  • Lodging provided.
  • Supplemental food and meals available.
  • Access to pro purchase programs.
  • Join one section on our Summer Programs.*
    • Example: Spend seven nights out with a DHE group at one of our Service Host Sites or six – nine nights out backpacking with a DHE group.
    • *This is not a guaranteed benefit and is subject to approval by our Staff Manager.

Photography Internship

Position filled for 2017
Photographs and participant testimonials comprise a significant part of Deer Hill’s marketing content. The Photography Intern helps collect and organize this material. Additionally, the Photography Intern maintains Deer Hill’s Instagram and Facebook accounts with daily posts. With guidance, collaboration and supervision from the Outreach Director, this program is designed to include the opportunity for special projects that align the intern’s skills and interests with Deer Hill’s outreach needs. One such project is the development and implementation of a digital photo archiving system. This internship provides an opportunity to gain valuable and highly marketable hands-on experience in a fun and truly inspiring outdoor education environment.

Overview

  • Responsibilities include taking photos of participant and staff activity at Basecamp, and in the field, and managing some social media channels, collecting testimonials from participants, and additional projects.
  • The Photography Intern lives onsite with seven other interns and works in the administrative office.
  • Internship provides real opportunities to engage in outreach and marketing in the outdoor education field.
  • Position is full-time, approximately 40 hours per week; schedule varies to accommodate programming.

Dates

  • June 1 – August 19, 2017
  • *Start date is flexible; please contact Gabriel with questions at 970-533-7492

Required Qualifications

  • 21 years of age minimum and able to work legally in the United States
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Able to pass criminal background check with CBI and FBI
  • Adequately skilled in digital photography with experience using Photoshop and/or Lightroom
  • Able to learn or practice social media marketing through Instagram and Facebook
  • Able to commit to the entire duration of the internship, living and working cooperatively with others
  • Willing to work flexible hours, dependable and professional

Desired Skills

  • Photography training (particularly including people/portraits), art/graphic design/marketing education, or comparable experience
  • Proficiency in Photoshop (skill, technique, speed)
  • Curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm for social media marketing
  • Physically fit enough to backpack and raft, and comfortable camping in wilderness settings
  • Comfortable and able to drive safely to rural locations
  • Comfortable joining groups of participants at service sites and in wilderness locations

Benefits

  • $500 a month stipend
  • Field work taking photos in the rivers, canyons and mountains of the Colorado Plateau, and in Hopi and Zuni Pueblos and the Navajo Nation
  • Supplemental food and meals available
  • Access to pro purchase programs, providing steep discounts to top name, outdoor gear brands
  • Experience with guidance and support in photography and marketing in the outdoor industry

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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