St. Mark’s School of Texas seeks an outdoor educator to lead the St. Mark’s Wilderness Program beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. The Wilderness Program began in the early 1970’s with the goal to provide outdoor experiences in backpacking and camping to students in Middle and Upper School. The program consists of overnight camping experiences in Middle School and culminates in the Pecos Trip, an 8-day backpacking trip required of all 9th grade students. The Pecos Trip is nearing its 50th year, and the annual outing to the Pecos Wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico continues to be an integral part of every Marksmen’s experience.
Prospective candidates will have extensive backpacking / camping experience, wilderness medical training, a love for outdoor activities, and experience working with young people in educational settings. Ideally, candidates will have experience building or expanding outdoor education programming and will have the ability to teach courses in one of the academic disciplines or health / physical education department.
Direct and lead the Wilderness Program, which includes organizing a campout in grades 6, 7, 8, and the Pecos Trip for all 9th grade students
Plan and facilitate training for all faculty who serve as leaders on the Middle School campouts and on the summer trip to the Pecos Wilderness
Maintain, organize, and manage equipment related to the Wilderness Program
Conduct annual risk management training for all participants in the program
Develop additional opportunities for Upper School students to pursue outdoor activities
Serve as an Advisor to students
Teach two or three sections of a class in a subject area relevant to experience
Wilderness First Aid Certification required; Wilderness First Responder certification preferred
Extensive backpacking experience
Teaching experience or relevant experience working with adolescents in an education setting
Creative problem solver, enthusiastic team player, passion for the outdoors
Organized, strong communication skills, and strategic thinker
About St. Mark's School of Texas
Founded in 1906, St. Mark's School of Texas is a non-sectarian, college-preparatory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intellectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The School is intended to be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of learning and who strive for high achievement in whatever they undertake.
St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world. To this end, the School professes and upholds certain values. These values include the discipline of postponing immediate gratification in the interests of earning eventual, hard-won satisfaction; the responsibility of defending one’s own ideas, of respecting the views of others, and of accepting the consequences for one’s own actions; and an appreciation for the lively connection between knowledge and responsibility and the obligation to serve.