Colorado Nonprofit Association

Community Adventure Program (CAP) Instructor

Position: Community Adventure Program (CAP) Instructor

Location: Angevine Middle School – Lafayette, CO

Status: Part-Time Non-Exempt, eligible for overtime (varies: 15 hours/week minimum)

Compensation: $20-$27 depending on experience, see incentive structure below for details

To Apply: Please fill out our application here by June 4th. Interviews will take place the week of June 10-14. If you have any trouble with the application, please send your application to 

About Cottonwood Institute

Cottonwood Institute (CI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to connect middle and high school students to nature and inspire them to protect it. CI partners with local middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations to offer programs that engage students in environmental education, outdoor skill development, and service learning. We lead programs in Boulder, Denver, and Aurora and trips throughout the Colorado Front Range.

Community Adventure Program (CAP) Instructor Position Description

Cottonwood Institute is looking for an inspired and passionate educator to teach our CAP Class, an innovative elective that blends service learning, community building, environmental and outdoor education. During CAP, students develop outdoor skills and connect with themselves, each other, and the natural world on field days and overnight camping trips. Students also explore solutions to local environmental issues, choose a challenge to address as a class, and collaborate with local organizations to design and implement a student-directed Action Project in their community. As a CAP Instructor, you will: 

We are currently hiring a CAP instructor for our Angevine Middle School partnership. In addition to the program times listed below, CAP Instructors will have two paid hours of planning time for each paid hour of class time. 

Program Days: Classes 5 days per week, Monday-Friday, with 1 field day & 1 overnight per semester

Class Times: TBD, 45 minute class periods

Contract Length: August 1, 2024 – May 23, 2025

Anticipated hours per week: ~15 hours per week, with additional paid hours for trips, trainings & other duties 

About Angevine Middle School

Angevine Middle School is a public middle school in Lafayette, CO serving 660 students in grades 6-8. Cottonwood Institute has been partnering with Angevine for nearly 8 years, and has a long history of successfully offering CAP class. Angevine student demographics include: 44% free and reduced lunch rates; 38% Hispanic; 1% Black/African American; 53% white; and 3% Asian American, Indian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.  

Required Competencies: Skills and orientations that we feel are necessary for success as a CAP instructor 

Interpersonal Skills

Educational Skills

Outdoor Trip Leading/Technical Skills

Preferred Competencies: These are nice-to-haves or things you can learn with us!

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement: Cottonwood Institute (CI) strives to create an inclusive and inspiring environment for all of our students and our staff. We actively value and support folks of every age, race, sex, colors, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, veteran status, political service, or affiliation. We aim to build a staff that reflects the communities we serve. If you are an aspiring outdoor/environmental educator who identifies as a person of color, woman/non-binary, LGBTQIA+, we highly encourage you to apply!