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Humanities Teacher and Wilderness Instructor

February 12, 2020 - April 12, 2020

The High Mountain Institute is seeking a Humanities Teacher, a full-time position in the HMI Semester. Responsibilities include teaching two sections of Literature of the Natural World, one section of US History, leading wilderness expeditions, and participating in residential life duties.


About the High Mountain Institute: HMI seeks to connect our students to the natural world and teach them essential leadership and communication skills through participation in a rigorous academic program, extended wilderness trips, and a community of shared responsibility. For more information, please visit


Position Responsibilities:

  • Teach 2 sections of English and 1 section of history each semester
  • Co-lead wilderness expeditions in the Rocky Mountains and the canyons of southern Utah (7 weeks per year)
  • Participate in daily and weekly residential life responsibilities
  • Mentor an English or history apprentice each semester
  • Advise 4-6 students each semester
  • Live in on-campus housing


Position Benefits:

  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 4-9% retirement benefits match after 1 year
  • Summer vacation, early June to mid-August
  • Wilderness leadership training opportunities
  • Annual professional development opportunities
  • Competitive salary, dependent on experience
  • On-campus housing


Qualifications: BA or higher, willingness to acquire and maintain current WFR & CPR certifications, prior English and/or history teaching experience, prior experience in wilderness settings, enthusiasm for working with teenagers in a residential setting, criminal and driving background check required.


How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Aimee Goldstein, Administrative Assistant for the HMI Semester, at [email protected]


We will begin our initial review of applications the week of February 24, 2020 and will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled. Finalists will be invited to HMI for a formal interview.


Correspondence via e-mail is preferred.


The High Mountain Institute is an equal opportunity employer that strives for diversity by honoring the differences of each member of the community. We seek to build a community (of trustees, faculty, staff, and students) that represents ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity and that brings a diversity of experience, background, talent, and perspective.