Pathfinding Instructor
Colvig Silver Camps

Lead Two 26 Day Expeditions in the San Juan Mountains near Durango, CO!

The Majestic San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado

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Pathfinding Instructor

Colvig Silver Camps
Durango, Colorado
$4,500.00 - $5,400.00 / season
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts in about 2 months. (May 22, 2023)

Colvig Silver Camps is hiring for the Pathfinding Instructor position. The Pathfinding Instructor position is an expedition-leading position, leading 16 and 17-year-olds on a 26-day expedition in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Candidates should have extensive trip-leading experience. Professional trip-leading experience is preferred.

Looking for someone to start as soon as possible, and we will cover travel expenses to get to Durango, CO.

Minimum Age: 21 years of age, preferably a college junior

Terms of Employment: Pathfinding Instructors are hired for 11 weeks unless contracted otherwise

Requirements: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications.

Salary: $4,500-, plus lodging, meals, travel allowance ($100), and end-of-summer bonus ($500)

Time Off: Three days between sessions

Number Hired: 2 - 4, depending on enrollment.


Pathfinding Instructors are responsible for a group of 6-12 campers, grades 9-11, on a four-week wilderness expedition through alpine terrain in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Responsibilities include being aware of and tending to the physical and emotional safety and well-being of campers, teaching basic outdoor skills (e.g. low-impact camping, map and compass), preparing trip menus and working with Expedition Coordinators, working with Program Directors to communicate needs and discussing problems that may arise within the group, and facilitating leadership roles and continuously working on group dynamics.

Pathfinding Instructors must be physically capable of leading challenging trips in the wilderness and must be interested in and/or knowledgeable about outdoor skills such as topographic map reading, outdoor cooking, backpacking techniques, minimum impact camping, etc. Knowledge of the environment and nature's processes is beneficial. Trip leading and personal wilderness travel experience are essential, as the trip itinerary consists of 25 straight nights in the wilderness with 3 re-supply drops along the way. Instructors must hold a current driver's license and have current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications through a recognized first aid provider.

CSC staff are asked to consistently provide positive, creative, and meaningful direction to the young lives with which they are entrusted. It is imperative that they be able to support established camp policies and promoted programs. This job is emotionally and physically demanding, as you will work 24 hours a day seven days a week out in the field. However, the rewards of such an experience for both camper and staff are exceptional. Be prepared to have more fun than you have ever had and to give more of yourself than you could ever imagine!

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