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Do you want to play outside for a living? Are you thinking to yourself, what could be better? Great news! REI is currently hiring Outdoor School Instructors! The REI Outdoor School is a place where people can learn the basics needed to embark on a new adventure. In this role, you will provide the gear and instruction to REI members and customers for activities which include: Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle boarding, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Natural History, Outdoor Photography and Navigation Outings for both Map & Compass and GPS. Combine your passion with your work. Responsibilities for this position include:
  • Successfully lead REI Outdoor School programs
  • Teach in-store educational classes and in-the-field programs for REI customers to include delivery of class content, customer service during the outing, and the safety of all the participants
  • Maintain equipment and coordinate outing logistics
  • Coach large groups of people and lead instructional events and give effective feedback to participants
  • Knowledge in the course content, demonstrating the designated activity or sport with safety and skill
  • Partner with store management teams, market coordinator teams, local business partners as well as local outdoor organizations
  • This position reports to the REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Manager
  • Bring your passion and expertise

    Do you thrive in the outdoors and want to help others do the same? REI Outdoor School provides entry-level to intermediate-level outdoor education programs. Here are the skills and experience levels we look for in our Outdoor Instructors:
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in outdoor education with experience teaching and/or guiding outdoor programs.
  • Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills to include excellent teaching and presentation abilities, and planning and organizational skills
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills
  • Commitment to extraordinary customer service with the ability to effectively resolve difficult customer issues
  • Applicable certification or equivalent experience in technical outdoor education preferred
  • Regional knowledge of local outdoor venues and resources is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of legal and risk management issues related to outdoor education
  • Required Certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • Valid driver s license with no negative incidents and ability to acquire commercial driver s license which includes medical screen and to pass a drug screen
  • Experience as a Wilderness First Responder (preferred)
  • Computer skills using MS PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, and the Internet
  • Why you'll love it here

    Real. Alive. Connected. These are a few words that describe life at REI. Whether it s in our careers or in the great outdoors, we aspire to adventure in all ways! At REI we value our customers; we work hard to earn our reputation for quality and integrity every day. Our commitment remains the same as when we started out in 1938: to inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure. Join a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a life well-lived. Get ready to harness your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoors we can t wait to meet you!Oh yeah, did we mention perks? At REI, we understand that benefits matter we offer a competitive benefit package for all employees which includes:
  • A workplace built on respect, integrity, and balance
  • Healthcare coverage for full-time employees
  • A competitive bonus/ incentive program
  • REI Retirement Plan
  • Generous gear and merchandise discount
  • Paid time off
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • REI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
    Associated topics: activity, camp staff, counselor, director, overnight, program, site, spring, unit, volunteer

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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