2021 Leader Applications are open until filled.
Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science (GALS) is a free summer science program committed to providing learning opportunities specifically for students who identify as female or gender nonconforming, students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and from other groups underrepresented in fields of STEM. It is run in partnership by Catawba College and Frog Hollow Outdoors.
Founded in 2016 by four women in science, GALS has since been working to bridge this opportunity gap by creating hands-on learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting. All learning happens outdoors through a 2-week backpacking session in the Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina. While the main focus of the program is scientific investigation through experimentation, GALS participants will also engage in discussions on a range of related topics from environmentalism and sustainability, to inequality and social justice. For more information on the GALS program please visit our website: http://sciencegals.org
As a GALS trip leader, you will be responsible for guiding a group of high school students through Pisgah National Forest while leading lessons and activities. To lead, you must be available on the following dates:
April or May TBD- Leader outdoor skills training weekend
April TBD - Leader teaching training day
July 12-31, 2021 - GALS trip, including 2 trip prep days and 1 trip debrief and wrap-up day
If you do not have a current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with CPR, you must also be available to attend a training, paid for by GALS. There are many WFR and WFA courses offered throughout NC in the spring and early summer, and we can help you find a course that fits your schedule. The cost of these trainings will be covered by GALS.
Application review will begin on November 20. We encourage you to apply by November 19 for priority in the hiring process. The first round of interviews will take place the week of December 7. We anticipate the first round of hiring decisions to be made by December 15.
You must identify as female or gender non-conforming and have a valid driver's license to be a trip leader. We will be hiring two types of leaders: lead and support. Both leaders will share all teaching and responsibilities during the GALS trip. To be a lead, you must be 21 or over and have wilderness leadership experience. Leads will receive $2250 in pay; supports will receive $1750 in pay.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.