Outdoor Education Program Intern

  • Position status: Now Hiring
  • Type: Seasonal, half or full season

The Outdoor Education Program Intern will get exposure to a wide range of CFI’s adult and student field study programs in canyon country around Moab, UT. Programs take place in National Parks, and on BLM land, State land, and Forest Service land.  Two positions available – one for the spring season April through June, and one for the spring/fall season April through October.

The intern will be mentored by the Operations Manager and Head Naturalist Guide and gain experience in field teaching and guiding, logistics, operational support and program design. CFI programs take on a variety of forms from local day tours in the National Parks, to river trips, to multi-day outdoor school programs. The intern will work both under the direction of Trip Leaders  and independently to be trained to lead half day tours on his/her own for adult and family visitors in the National Parks and surrounding areas. These tours will involve driving vans, leading participants, and hiking short distances for interpretation programs. The intern will be trained in a wide range of topics related to the Colorado Plateau such as natural and cultural history, geology, and regional issues. The intern will also gain skills necessary for safe and effective group management. In addition to these field skills and duties, the intern should be prepared for learning and doing work in the warehouse, office, and in-town programs.  Full-season intern may also get basic river rafting guide training.


  • Become familiar with the mission and programs of CFI.
  • Be willing to work with a diverse population of clients and show flexibility with assigned tasks.
  • Work approximately 22 days per month, hours vary, but average 40 per week Thursday-Monday.
  • Duties and learning opportunities may include: observing; conducting half day adult/family weekend tours for visitors in the National Parks; assisting CFI Naturalist Guides in teaching school environmental education programs for elementary through high school aged groups; assisting the Field Manager with special projects in an office setting; doing routine warehouse and gear maintenance/repair; helping with trip logistics like food shopping/packing and shuttle driving.


  • Intern stipend $400 per month stipend, paid $200 every pay period.
  • Free housing is available, in exchange for 8 hours of work trade (cleaning/yard work/projects) per month. It is a shared co-ed bunkhouse on-site in Moab; includes kitchen/bath. Meals are on your own except while on CFI overnight programs.
  • Completion/return travel assistance $100.


Work approximately 22 days per month, hours vary, but average 40 per week Thursday-Monday.
Half Season position – April 16 through July 20; OR July 30 through October 30
Full Season position – April 16 through October 30 (with 2 week furlough in July)


  • Minimum of basic (1 day course) first aid and CPR training.
  • Minimum age of 21.
  • Good driving record (Motor Vehicle Report required with application).
  • College degree in related field.
  • Previous work with students/teaching/interpretation in any setting is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Colorado Plateau history, geology and ecology is helpful but not required in advance.

To apply, please submit to info@cfimoab.org (Please no drop-ins or phone calls as we are busy with clients!)

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • 3 References: name, email, phone. At least should be 2 employment-related
  • copy of driver’s license
  • motor vehicle report (current within 1 year)
  • declare any felony conviction
  • copies of First Aid/CPR cards (current through work contract)

Candidates will be contacted for interviews.

CFI is an equal opportunity employer.