Jobs at Prescott College

Adjunct Co-Instructor - Wilderness Leadership


Job ID#: 17-1219
Department: ADP
Job Type: Faculty - Full-time
Date Posted: Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Position Fill Date: Open until filled

Job Summary   (Return to top)

Prescott College:

Founded in 1966, Prescott College is proud to celebrate its rich 50-year history of offering experientially centered undergraduate and graduate degrees both on campus and via distance learning.

Undergraduate students work closely with individual graduation committees to design their own degree plans, pulling from seven study areas: adventure education; arts and humanities; cultural and regional studies; environmental studies and sustainability; interdisciplinary studies; psychology, counseling, and human development; and education. Graduate programs include adventure education, arts and humanities, counseling, education, environmental studies, social justice and community organizing, expressive arts therapy, adventure-based psychotherapy, ecopsychology, and equine-assisted mental health.

Noted as a College of Distinction, one of the Best 382 Colleges by the Princeton Review, one of the top ten Most Innovative Small Colleges, one of the Best Value Colleges in Arizona, one of the Best Online Master’s in Counseling, one of the Best Value Master’s in Counseling programs, one of the 13 most interesting institutions by the Fiske Guide, and a veteran supportive campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services. Collaboration is emphasized over competition and interdisciplinary inquiry proceeds alongside professional skill development. Its courses are problem-based and solution-oriented; students work together to solve both local and global issues and help shape a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world.

The Prescott College campus is located in the mountain town of Prescott, Arizona, nestled between the ponderosa forests and grasslands at the confluence of the Granite Creek watershed.  The mile-high city is ranked a Top Adventure Town by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and one of the 7 Top Trail Towns according to Trail Runner Magazine. With over 450 miles of multi-use trails, world-class

mountain-biking, a thriving rock-climbing scene, and nearby lakes for kayaking and canoeing, Prescott is an outdoor paradise. The Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and the red rocks of Sedona are all within a two-hour drive. The historic downtown is just minutes from campus.


Seeking co-instructor for higher education semester long field course.

Prescott College seeks a professional co-instructor to assist in one, two or all three phases of the spring Wilderness Leadership course offering.  Wilderness Leadership is Prescott College’s Adventure Education capstone field course grounded in personal and professional associations with adventure, exploration, and the outdoors.  While the course involves significant field, technical and expeditionary skills, it also emphasizes values, ethics and the contributions and benefits of the outdoors to the individual and society.  The goal is to apply technical and professional skills, acquired through prior course work, personal experience and professional practice, to a field-based setting.

The course is offered in three phases: a 22-day backcountry ski/ride, a 24-day student-designed river and canyons based expedition, and a 23-day capstone and mountain skills section.  The three course titles are:

  • Adventure, Expedition Skills and Programming.
  • Institutional and Personal Holistic Leadership
  • Ethics, Values and Professionalism.

The curriculum is delivered concurrently and experientially through the three phases.  

Essential Responsibilities   (Return to top)

Responsibilities and Duties: (Phase 1: Ski and Ride)

February 20th to March 14th

  • The co-instructor is expected to assist in daily planning and organization.
  • Provide general support of activities designed to reach course goals and objectives. 
  • Daily activities include briefing and coaching student leaders on backcountry route selection, overseeing decisions related to snowpack and weather considerations.
  • Serving as on-site risk-manager, providing professional backcountry ski touring guidance, organizing feedback and overseeing post-tour debriefs.
  • Formal lessons are minimal but may include workshop-based delivery of topics such as leadership models, communication, outdoor theory, and current issues in adventure education.
  • Recommended credentials and experience include ski guiding, snow safety, AMGA coursework and Professional Level II or equivalent.

Responsibilities and Duties: (Phase 2: Student-designed river & canyons based expedition)

March 21st to April 13th

  • In this phase, students plan and implement the entirety of a 24-day river and land based expedition.
  • The co-instructor is expected to assist in oversight of daily river, land and canyon objectives.
  • Ultimately support the course goals and student learning objectives. 
  • Activities include supporting student planning, serving as on-site risk manager, coaching and evaluating pre-trip logistics.
  • Assisting with judgment and decision-making in river, climbing and technical canyon environments. 
  • Credentials and experience such as prior river, canyon and/or rock guiding, swift water rescue instruction, expeditionary travel, and Utah river guides license is recommended.

Responsibilities and Duties: (Phase 3: Capstone and Mountain Skills)

April 17th to May 10th

  • In this phase students apply leadership and technical skills to mountain and glacial environments.
  • The co-instructor is expected to assist in the overarching logistics of the course, as it moves along the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Adams.
  • Activities include ski mountaineering, alpine climbing and mountaineering.
  • Daily tasks include supporting student planning, serving as on-site risk manager.
  • Coaching and evaluating leadership, supporting student progress and reviewing logistics. 
  • Formal lessons include teaching glacial travel and crevasse rescue. 
  • Credentials and experience such as mountain and snow guiding, workshop instruction, AMGA course work and prior experience in the site-locations is recommended.

Minimum Requirements   (Return to top)

Application Process: Please address questions and/or send a resume/CV and a letter of interest to Mathieu Brown,, Associate Faculty, Adventure Education and Environmental Studies, Prescott College.  Compensation DOE. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Prescott College is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and supports excellence through diversity. We encourage qualified applicants from historically underrepresented groups along with Veterans and AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni to participate in our recruitment efforts.

Prescott College is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and supports excellence through diversity.   We encourage qualified applicants from historically underrepresented groups along with Veterans and AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni to participate in our recruitment efforts.