Trail Building Expedition Leader for Green River Preserve (NC)

Jan 24, 2015


2015 Summer Season Position

Job Description: The Trail Building Expedition consists of 3 leaders and 12 high school participants, it is based out of Cedar Mountain, NC, and involves extended trail building, service learning and leadership, backpacking, and white water rafting. The trip focuses on community building and helping campers become independent leaders while learning about their natural resources through constructing, rehabilitating, and sustaining trails on the 3,400-acre wildlife preserve. Our goal is to provide teens with an opportunity to “unplug” and experience the camaraderie, simplicity, and satisfaction of backcountry crew life, while working to better our local trails. This is a service learning and leadership trip, and the trail is the vehicle to help implement these goals in the first two and a half weeks of the expedition. The final week and a half of the expedition is spent shadowing activities at base camp and whitewater rafting.

The Expedition Leader positions are ideal for individuals with experience working with and leading youth, have a love for the outdoors, and have prior trail work experience. Our priority is supporting the energetic teens that come through the program and leading them through an experience that is challenging, fun, and positive. We have partnered with Queens University of Charlotte to offer college credit for the program, which makes this a fabulous resume builder for participants and leaders. Ten days of training and preparation are conducted prior to the trip. This is a seasonal, non-exempt, weekly salary position reporting to the Expedition Directors.

The three person instructor team works closely together to coordinate all aspects of the trip including: instruction in all outdoor activities, risk management, managing group dynamics, menu planning, purchasing food, laundry, transportation, coordinating with outfitters, maintaining equipment, and handling medical issues. The purpose is to develop future outdoor leaders. As the program evolves, the participants will transition into the leadership role and the instructors shift to a facilitator role. Leaders will still be expected to ensure a physically and emotionally safe environment. Instructors receive support while in the field from the Expedition Directors.

Essential Requirements: Seasonal position. Applicants must be 22 years of age or older, possess a WFR (Wilderness First Responder) or WFA (Wilderness First Aid) (WFR preferred), have trail building experience and knowledge, have a valid driver’s license and excellent driving record, previous successful experience working with teenagers and leading outdoor trips, and three professional references (family members and friends are not acceptable).

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