GeoJourney Staff Requirements
Staff must be highly motivated, energetic individuals with a dedication to sound educational techniques and environmental stewardship.
Preference is given to those with outdoor education experience, current wilderness medicine training, previous experience with expedition based learning and prior knowledge of the program.
All GeoJourney staff members will be required to attend the full staff training before each field season. All GeoJourney Staff must have a clean driving record and the ability and willingness to drive long distances in large vehicles. All staff members are required to take and pass a drivers training before the program begins.
All applicants for staff positions should submit the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover Letter: Cover letters should be professional and include the specific position being applied for (include specific field season, e.g. “Cook: summer 2014″ or “Geology Teaching Assistant: Fall 2014″) and what qualifications you have that would make you a valuable asset to the GeoJourney team. Your cover letter should also include an overview of your teaching experience, description of any medical training, and any other skills related to the outdoors. If applying for multiple positions please submit a separate cover letter for each position.
Resume: Resumes should highlight your skills and be representative of your training and abilities. Include degrees being pursued or completed, honors awarded, training acquired and past positions held. Please include the names and contact information (preferably phone and e-mail) for a minimum of two professional references.
Trip Log: All applicants are encouraged to submit a trip log detailing your travel experience. These can come in many forms but the information GeoJourney is looking for is the type of trip, (camping, backpacking, expedition, touring in hotels, back country, etc.) the duration of travel in days, activities pursued while traveling, and finally why you were traveling (family vacation, school trip, trip with friends, or in a professional capacity). We need to know that you are mentally and physically prepared to live in the field for 9-weeks and that you can share responsibility for clients (students). Previous travel is an excellent indicator of these abilities.
Available GeoJourney Staff Positions
Cook and Assistant Cook
The Cooks are at the heart of GeoJourney’s logistics. Applicants should be highly self motivated and detail oriented. Cooking for GeoJourney is part art and part science – as the Cook and Assistant Cook you must excel at both. Applicants should have a love of cooking and the outdoors, as well as the ability to responsibly and effectively manage a large food budget and an outdoor kitchen preparing meals for up to 40 people.
As a Logistics Assistant for GeoJourney you are responsible for assisting the instructional and logistical staff in various ways including tasks such as running errands, assisting in camp duties, and participating in field excursions. A GeoJourney logistical assistant requires you to be a “jack-of-all-trades” and a person who can easily take direction and think quickly on their feet.
Preference is given to applicants who have a background in outdoor education, photography, videography, and/or wilderness medicine.
As a Teaching Assistant on GeoJourney you will be responsible for assisting the faculty with the various academic tasks involved in running the program. This is not your typical TA position. As a Teaching Assistant on GeoJourney you are expected to assist in field exercises, projects and hikes. Also we will expect you to have a basic level of knowledge in all our subjects and a specialization in at least one of the subjects taught on GeoJourney. You will often be asked to answer questions, lead hikes, and even lead lectures or discussions. As a member of the nine-week staff you will be the link between the visiting faculty and the students and are expected to act as a mentor and an instructor.
Visiting (Part-time) Faculty
If you are a faculty member at a University and think you could contribute to GeoJourney for a week or two during one of our field seasons, we would love to have you out for a visit. As Visiting Faculty you will be the “in-house” expert on whatever subject you specialize in. Your primary responsibility will be to manage that topic throughout your tenure on the program.
Visiting Faculty typically spend several weeks with the program, lending their expertise to the GeoJourney curriculum. Faculty will be flown to and from the program as we travel across the country; specific curricular and logistical arrangements will be made in coordination with the GeoJourney Academic Director.
As a guest in camp you will be invited to participate in all aspects of the trip to whatever degree you choose. There are always dishes to be done, but as our guest you will not be expected to do them!