Teacher - 10th-11th grade

Alzar School

About the organization

Alzar School is a semester school for students in 10th and 11th grades. We are a nonprofit, accredited independent school. Our students are highly motivated teenagers who want to make a difference in the world. Alzar School’s main campus is in Cascade, Idaho, but each semester includes 6-7 week cultural immersion in Chile. Alzar School offers students challenging and engaging instruction at Honors or AP level. Additionally, Alzar School teachers serve as outdoor instructors on either backpacking or whitewater kayaking and/or rafting expeditions. Each semester, students and faculty spend four weeks on expedition (two in North America / Rocky Mountains, and two in Patagonia, Chile). We accomplish our mission to ‘build leaders who positively impact the world’ through the intersection of academics, outdoor adventure, and cultural immersion. As a school community, we value diverse experience, perspectives, identities, and skill sets.


Alzar School teachers motivate, inspire, and educate our students both in and out of the classroom. They are passionate educators who are excited to share their knowledge of content areas, enthusiasm for the outdoors, and curiosity for cultural learning. Teachers typically lead in one or more subject areas, with 4-5 sections total. They also serve as outdoor instructors in the area of backpacking and/or whitewater (rafting or kayaking). All teachers travel to Chile as well!

Contracts are for two-year minimum commitment. Newly hired teachers will begin with on-site training in Cascade, Idaho June 6-28, 2022 (includes time in the field). July 2022 is 'off', and all-staff training commences Aug.1, 2022. Our fall semester ends in Chile, and our Spring semester begins in Chile. Winter break for faculty is Dec.21, 2022-Jan.16, 2023. Faculty have the choice to return to the US during this time, or stay in Chile (and have access to Alzar School housing, vehicles, kayaks etc.). Work for the 2022-2023 school year concludes May 31st.

We invite applicants from a variety of backgrounds to apply, and firmly believe that a diverse faculty enriches our staff community and connections with students. Some applicants may possess skills in certain areas and less experience in others, for example: academic, outdoor, residential, leadership, or cultural, amongst others. We look forward to the opportunity to review your application!


Competencies and core skills required for Alzar School teaching position include:

- strong knowledge of content area (either through past studies, professional experience, or direct teaching experience)
- demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for the content
- eagerness to make content relevant to students’ lives and worlds
- adaptable, able to take challenges in stride
- embraces dynamic working environments, including outdoor and international settings
- strong communication and interpersonal skills
- enjoys interacting with students, families, and colleagues
- ability to work independently and as part of a team
- robust experience in program-specific outdoor sports: a) multi day backpacking trips in backcountry settings,or b) intermediate proficiency in whitewater river environments (either rafting and/or kayaking), or c) transferable skills from other outdoor activities


$24,900-$30,900/year, includes housing, food, benefits. Total package estimated at $39,000-$43,000.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

See our website: https://alzarschool.org/employment-opportunities/

Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

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