Course Instructor positions are highly coveted because you are in the field bringing GirlVentures’ mission to life!

Responsibilities Include:

  • Facilitation of co-facilitation and leadership of a group of 8-12 youth, ages 10-16 with a focus on the GV mission & values.
  • Plan and deliver a meaningful progression on core curriculum areas for a multi-day expedition style** course. Instruction topics include: community building & effective leadership; conflict resolution and alliance building; self-care and self-efficacy; media literacy, identify and positive body image; arts and creative expression; camp craft and backpacking skills; natural history and Leave-No-Trace ethics; stoves and backcountry cuisine.
  • Maintain an emotionally and physically safe environment for the entire group at all times throughout the expedition on all course elements (ex: kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, rappelling, canyoneering, etc.) Manage and supervise all activities according to GirlVentures’ operating policies, protocols and procedures.
  • Collaborate and support element Specialists (ex: climbing or kayaking specialist) with the direct support of the Course Director.
  • Supervise and mentor the Assistant Instructor (an alumnae youth and important member of the Instructor Team).
  • Be a positive, authentic role model for girls, Assistant Instructor and co-workers.
  • Effectively manage course logistics with the support of your Logistics Team.
  • Participate as needed in pre-course Prep (2-3 days) and post-course debrief (1 day).
  • Complete student assessments and ensure every student completes their student evaluations.
  • Conduct follow-up post course phone calls to the girls – as appropriate.


  • Experience leading groups in the outdoors, preferably adolescents, on overnight trips.
  • Previous experience as an educator and/or facilitator with racially diverse groups.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) preferred, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) considered.
  • Demonstrated success leading girls in middle school years, experience with urban girls preferred.
  • Ability to frame experiences, course elements and group dynamics in a positive light and that is age appropriate, educational and transferable.
  • Commitment to safety and high quality program delivery.
  • Ability to be present, responsive, and focused with participants for 14 consecutive days.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the unique needs of 10-16 year-old girls.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • California Class B Drivers License preferred.
  • Ability to attend a multi-day, expedition style Staff Training.
  • Commitment to safety and high quality program delivery.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not meet these criteria please consider taking a Wilderness First Aid/Responder course – it will be worth your time for sure!

Benefits & Compensation: 

  • Competitive salary based on experience and certifications.
  • Work with girls and other rad women in a high quality, girl-centered outdoor program.
  • Create positive change by empowering tomorrow’s female leaders!

How To Apply:

Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interviews for summer instructors are typically in February & March every year.
Send cover letter, standard resume and technical resume to

**”Expedition Style” means being in the field 24 hours/day for 4 – 14 consecutive days.