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Outdoor Education Seasonal Positions

Becoming an effective mentor means being a co-conspirator, a fellow explorer, a chaser of clues

-Scott D. Sampson

Now hiring for SPRING March 5-May 27, 2017!

Want to be a part of our Outdoor Education team? Read below for opportunities for seasonal employment at Bradford Woods in environmental education, adventure education, and professional services.

Professional Outdoor Instructor (POI)
field-based position primarily teaching kids and youth through collegiate age:

Our Professional Outdoor Instructors receive a unique opportunity to teach multiple different aspects of outdoor education: most days are spent teaching fifth graders about the environment, but other days may include leading a junior high or high school group through team building activities on our low or high challenge courses. On our 2,500-acre campus we have been providing educational, recreational and professional service opportunities to youth and adults for over 60 years. For our instructors we seek dynamic and talented individuals with a passion for outdoor environmental and experiential education. This multi-faceted position entails teaching and facilitating a variety of programs with various populations through two of our program areas: Environmental Education and Adventure Education.


Summer POI
This is a summer-only POI position that is field-based, but takes on more of a summer camp flair. Programs include two weeks of Environmental Explorers Summer camp, Adventure Education team building programs, and Recreation Therapy (RT) summer camps. Camp weeks include a combination of cabin counselor and activity specialist roles. Adventure Education includes facilitating low challenge and climbing, and RT includes supporting adapted climbing and nature activities for camps for youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Candidates are encouraged to obtain a lifeguard certification prior to employment and be able to complete the waterfront module during training.


Environmental Education (EE) Specialist
combined teaching/coordination position:

The EE Specialist helps coordinate school programs once they arrive on property. This includes organizing POI staff and teachers/chaperones and handling logistics while the school is on-site. It also includes on-call duties. This position is also in the field teaching as needed and balances time between the field and the office. Whenever possible, this position supports Assistant Directors with teacher meetings, parent presentations and schedule preparation prior to the school program. Managing EE teaching resources is also part of this position including an interpretive center, teaching lockers, blue bird houses, and other collections.


Adventure Education (AE) Specialist
combined facilitation/coordination position

The AE Specialist helps coordinate leadership and team building events once they are on property. These events include middle school children, high school youth, emerging professionals and adult groups. Programs will include any of the following: ground-based initiatives, low challenge courses, high challenge courses, and water-based activities such as raft-building and canoeing. Most programming is educational versus recreational only. The Specialist may help Assistant Director work with groups prior to events to determine group goals and intention for the program. This program will often directly facilitate programming as well as manage POIs. It also is responsible for maintenance of program resources such as gear sheds, equipment inventory, and course inspections.


Retreat Specialist
office-based position with group hosting responsibilities and logistics

The Retreat Specialist is primarily an office-based position that provides front-line client support from first inquiry to booking/contracting and hosting the event. It is a position heavily involved with customer service and requires a high attention to detail. The position also takes care of facility inventory and setups including moving tables and chairs and setting up A/V. Hosting responsibilities include greeting guests upon arrival, providing a welcome/introduction to Bradford Woods, and remaining on-call for the duration of the stay. This position also supports other program areas as needed by teaching short lessons such as archery or wild edible hikes, or by belaying at a climbing tower or zip line.

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Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s Outdoor Center, is located in the American Heartland in South Central Indiana. We are surrounded by rolling hills, limestone bluffs, deciduous forests and miles of waterways. Indiana is central to great outdoor adventures with over 25 state parks, World-renowned climbing in nearby Red River Gorge, amazing backpacking in The Hoosier National Forest and miles of mountain bike trails. Come visit Indiana and spend some time working in the great outdoors at Bradford Woods. We have a 2500 acre natural playground to be shared with youth and adults alike.

We are continuously hiring outdoor professionals who are eager to teach children about the outdoor environment and to facilitate team building programs. We have been offering  programs for over 60 years and specialize in state-based curriculum. We seek candidates who love the outdoors and have skills in teaching children, leading trips, and working at summer camps. We seek academic backgrounds such as recreation, environmental and adventure education, resource management, biology and much more.

Griffith House

Most staff describe our staff housing as pretty nice! Griffith House offers rooms for 2-3 people with an adjoining full bathroom. Common areas include a great room with living, dining, and kitchen space. The kitchen has two full size refrigerators as well as a dishwasher, microwave, stovetop and oven. Please click here to see a complete list of amenities.


Campbell House

Campbell House is a historic building on our property and is currently being used as housing for our Specialists, Interns, and Research Assistants. It offers a private room with shared bath and shared common areas. It is located towards the front of our property close to the historical Carriage House and Manor House. This area offers more privacy from the other part of property and opportunity to rest and relax in your own space.



Don’t be alarmed, this is actually a picture of the Bradford Homestead, prior to renovation. Campbell House is much bigger and nicer!

Bradford Woods is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate with regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, or marital status.

How to apply

Visit the Employment Packet page for forms you’ll need to fill out. Please direct all correspondence including applications to:

Melanie Wills, Director of Outdoor Education and Professional Services, 765-342-2915, ext 5238