The Outdoor Academy is an accredited, residential, semester school for high achieving tenth-grade and select ninth- and eleventh-grade students. The Outdoor Academy (OA) incorporates a college preparatory curriculum with environmental education, wilderness leadership, unique arts offerings, and regional studies in a small community setting. OA enrolls up to 28 students from across the United States each semester to attend our school located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.

The Resident Wilderness Educator team fosters a safe, healthy and productive living environment in the dorms, around campus and on trips. They oversee dorm life and work closely with the Dean of Students to design and implement residential life curriculum, including workshops on communication, feedback, identity, healthy relationships, leadership, etc. Their role in OA’s outdoor programming is extensive, as the team supports the Outdoor Education Manager in planning, preparing for, and leading hiking, climbing and paddling trips. Residents will also have the opportunity to identify an area of residential school life that interests them (e.g. assisting a classroom teacher or the Garden Manager) in order to hone skills that will support their career goals in academic, experiential or outdoor residential settings should they so desire. Resident Wilderness Educators are immersed in the life of the school and play a crucial role in students’ experience at The Outdoor Academy.

1. Live with students in a dorm or cabin for five nights a week
2. Observe and enforce all policies of The Outdoor Academy and Eagle’s Nest Foundation.
3. Monitor student safety in outdoor and residential settings.
4. Co-lead wilderness trips, including rock climbing, white-water canoeing and backpacking.
5. Coordinate weekend activities.
6. Facilitate morning and weekend meal preparation.
7. Facilitate morning, evening and bedtime routines.
8. Hold dorm meetings, monitor student issues and coordinate with Dean of Students to address concerns
9. Work with Dean of Students to lead classes in residential life topics as part of the CIRCLE curriculum.
10. Facilitate / participate in weekly work crews.
11. Proctor study hours several evenings a week.
12. Support Outdoor Education Manager in trip planning and preparation, cleaning and maintaining gear, and organizing pack-out and de-issue for outdoor trips.
13. Distribute daily medications and support Medical Coordinator in monitoring student health and wellness.
14. Accomplish other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students, Outdoor Education Manager and Director.
15. As interests, schedules, and need allow, Residents will also have the opportunity to identify areas of school life in which would like to play a greater role

Contract Dates are August 2021 – May 2022 with Spring Break time TBD. Residents might have the option to renew their contract for a second year. Note that there are multiple positions available.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


1. A commitment to transformative educational and community experiences
2. A college degree
3. A willingness to be immersed in the life of the school for two semesters
4. Experience with teenagers in an outdoor setting
5. Significant background/skills in climbing, white-water canoeing or backpacking preferred
6. Current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT or proof of enrollment in a WFR/WEMT course that will be completed in advance of the contract dates above

About Eagle's Nest Foundation and The Outdoor Academy

Eagle's Nest Foundation (ENF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the natural world and the betterment of human character through experiential education programs. Eagle’s Nest is based in the mountains of Western North Carolina. ENF supports three programs: Eagle’s Nest Camp for boys and girls ages 6-17, Hante Adventures for teens, and The Outdoor Academy, an academic semester school for 10th grade students seeking a connection to the natural world and to their community.

Application Instructions

Please see website for full job description. Send resume, cover letter and completed application (found at http://www.enf.org/outdoor-academy/oa-employment/) as a single PDF to [email protected]

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