Outdoor School Instructor

Oct 18, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Posted Date: Feb- 3-2016

Job ID: 3301

Job Type: Part Time

Job Function: Outdoor Education

City: Norwalk

State: Connecticut

Store: Norwalk

What's cool about this job

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. The Outdoor School Instructor is a key member of the Outdoor School Team. REI Outdoor School Instructors 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! Inspire, lead, and educate! Specific 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 individual feedback

* Thorough 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 aspire to adventure? Do you thrive in the outdoors and want to help others do the same? Bring your passion to REI and help fulfill our mission to educate, inspire and outfit our customers for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship! REI Outdoor School helps people experience the outdoors through education and by making it easy for people to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. We provide entry-level to intermediate-level outdoor education programs in everything from Rock Climbing to Kayaking to Mountain Biking to Navigation (and more!). 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 education programs.

* Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills to include outstanding teaching and presentation abilities, and exceptional planning and organizational skills

* Proven analytical and problem solving skills

* Commitment to outstanding 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 the ability to pass 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

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception - 19 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it's balanced with time off to play-a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 11,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer