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!
Our Outdoor Programs and Outreach division seeks committed, service-oriented individuals who are passionate about providing inspirational experiences to our customers through outdoor educational and recreational programs. Join our Outdoor Programs and Outreach team where you will find supportive leadership, a committed staff and an engaging work culture.
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
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
OPENINGS IN MULTIPLE CITIES/STATES: Atlanta, Austin, Bay Area, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles/Orange County, Washington DC (VA/MD), Twin Cities, New England/Boston, Tri-State (NJ, NY, CT), Portland OR, Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, San Diego, Seattle/Puget Sound, Sacramento
THE PERKS: At REI, we understand that benefits matter – we offer a competitive offering which includes: - Comprehensive health and well-being programs- A competitive bonus/ incentive program- REI Retirement Plan- Generous gear and merchandise discount- Paid time off - Professional growth and development opportunities AND a work environment where RESPECT, INTEGRITY, and BALANCE are just a few of our fundamental values! REI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.