Position: Resident Instructor
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Reports To: Program Manager
The Yellowstone Association (YA), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), connects people to Yellowstone National Park and our natural world through education. Founded in 1933, the Yellowstone Association is a nonprofit educational organization and has provided over $65 million in aid to Yellowstone National Park since its inception. The Association is the National Park Service’s primary partner in providing educational programs, exhibits, and publications for park visitors. Our operations include 12 educational Park Stores with gross sales of $4.2 million, the YA Institute which offers more than 600 in-depth courses each year, and a membership program with over 35,000 members. Revenues from sales and memberships allow us to make an annual cash donation to the National Park Service for education and research in Yellowstone. Last year, we provided $6.1 million of cash and in-kind assistance for Yellowstone, including a cash donation of $1,445,562 to directly support education and research in the park. Ninety cents of every dollar we spend goes directly to our educational mission. YA is headquartered in Gardiner, Montana, directly across from the historic Roosevelt Arch, which marks the north entrance to Yellowstone. To learn more about our organization, please visit YellowstoneAssociation.org.
The Yellowstone Association (YA) is currently in the process of merging with the park’s nonprofit fundraising partner, the Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF), to create a new nonprofit organization by February of 2017. This will be an exciting new chapter in both organizations’ successful histories. Together, YA and YPF (ypf.org) can connect more people to Yellowstone National Park through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs, and translate those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment. This position is a tremendous opportunity for a strong leader to play a critical role in support of Yellowstone National Park.
Resident Instructors are part of a progressive and dedicated educational staff committed to teaching about Yellowstone National Park. Instructors are educators and naturalists responsible for providing in-depth education about Yellowstone’s natural, geologic, and cultural history. Programs range in length from one day to over a week. Participant groups range from 1 to 14 people. There are four main types of programs: Lodging and Learning (pre-programmed, multi-day programs with refined curriculum), Youth & College Groups (multi-day programs focused on curriculum-based field experiences), Private Tours (single or multi-day programs for private groups who request specific activities), and occasional Field Seminars (in-depth, topic specific seminars). Resident Instructors are experienced outdoor leaders, able to create a welcoming and comfortable learning environment while keeping their participants safe in inclement weather, wildlife habitat, and backcountry terrain. Resident Instructors play a lead role in the YA Institute, helping to train and mentor seasonal instructors, assist with operational and administrative duties, and envision the future of Institute programs. They work closely with program managers to understand logistics, cooperate with co-instructors, develop a lesson plan, operate a group transportation vehicle, clean vehicle and equipment afterward, and perform primary wilderness risk management functions in remote locations. Success in this position requires commitment to high quality environmental education and a passion for the preservation of natural and cultural resources in Yellowstone National Park. It requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work under sometimes challenging conditions. This is a year round position with a workload that shifts between the field and support tasks, depending on program volume and organizational needs