Prospective Staff

Join Our Team!

Compassionate  Dedicated  Curious  Experienced  

Outdoor Educators who come from a wide range of backgrounds with expertise in an array of fields including adventure, wilderness travel, art, culture, science and nature.  We are committed to opening eyes, minds and hearts to a lifelong relationship and love of the outdoors and the Southwest.  If you are a playful, hardworking and adventurous person interested in living close to nature in the American Southwest, while growing as an educator, we are interested in getting to know you.  We offer many opportunities to get involved and welcome your creativity and ideas.


Seasonal employment opportunities exist from March to October.  See below for a list of positions.

To apply click HERE.

You can also contact our director, Kris Salisbury, with any questions: kris@cottonwoodgulch.org

Year Round positions

  • no openings at this time

9 Month Logistics Coordinator Positions

(these are lead field instructor positions with operations responsibilities)
  • Gear Systems Coordinator – manage organization, repair and scheduling of gear
  • Food Systems Coordinator – manage all aspects of food purchasing, organization and systems
  • Facilities and Buildings Coordinator – tend to maintenance and upkeep of buildings at base camp and the office
  • Vehicles Coordinator – manage fleet of vehicles including maintenance records, care, cleaning and scheduling

Spring/Fall Wilderness Classrooms Positions

  • Lead Field Instructor
  • Field Instructor 

Summer Season Trek and Base Camp Positions

  • Group Leader
  • Group Cook
  • Group Program Staff

We believe that strong advocates, allies and mentors can have a life-changing impact on young people.  Whether inspiring a new interest that leads to a career, introducing a new outdoor pursuit/love of place, or providing a supportive shoulder at a tough time in life, we believe our staff make a difference!  To this end, we seek to hire a team of diverse professionals from all ages, cultural backgrounds and professional passions.  We seek educators and instructors who are deeply rooted in the Southwest as well as those from other places eager to learn and open-minded to explore. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.