Summer Course Director - Yosemite, Sequoia, or Tahoe

Adventure Risk Challenge

About the organization

Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) is a youth development nonprofit in Central and Northern California. Our mission is to empower underserved youth through integrated literacy and wilderness experiences. We integrate academics (English literacy, writing, public speaking, and environmental science) with outdoor adventure. Originally based on a New York City Outward Bound leadership and literacy program, ARC engages English Language Learner and under-represented high school youth in rural California communities.


ARC is hiring seasonal Course Directors for its program sites – Yosemite, Sequoia, and Tahoe. The summer courses intersperse wilderness components (multiple extended backpacking trips and other short expeditions including rock climbing and rafting) with academic components (English and science classes, public speaking, and leadership classes). Work for Course Directors will begin in mid-May 2020.

• Oversee all aspects of running an ARC summer course, including: supervising three ARC instructors, managing logistics, overseeing the implementation of curriculum as well as direct teaching, and ensuring a high level of risk management.
• Supervision: observe lessons taught by summer instructors, provide feedback and coaching, meet with instructors to provide feedback, oversee management of all student issues.
• Course logistics: manage all expeditions and basecamps including on- and off-trail backpacking, gear and food organization, daily schedules, meal preparation, transportation, etc. Coordinate with outside contractors and partners, communicate with parents, manage volunteers, and assist with planning special events. Drive students in SUVs.
• Teaching/curriculum: oversee all academic and backcountry curricula, assist in staff training, serve as back-up instructor in academic areas, and ensure high quality curriculum integration and implementation.
Risk Management: ensure all risk management protocol and guidelines are followed by staff team and student group


This is a very rigorous summer course and requires a high level of professionalism, organizational skill, and dedication. Experience leading backpacking trips for youth and/or teaching is required, and experience in a supervisory position is preferred. Current WFR and CPR is required.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please email your resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references, including your most recent employer, to Mel Hoffman at [email protected] by December 1, 2019.

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