The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is seeking Wilderness Field Instructors for the 2023 season (Apr-Sept) to work in its Southeast and Pacific Northwest locations. Instructors manage the safety of the students while co-facilitating multi-day adventure education programming in the field, including sea kayaking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, and more! Instructors also manage risks and assure effective courses, while serving as an educator and role model.

Must be able to teach and facilitate NCOAE’s curriculum to teens and adults, complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion and participate in pre-trip and post-trip briefs. Additional duties include facilitating a meaningful group experience and setting an emotionally and physically safe, fun and engaging tone for students to follow. NCOAE is proud to be an AEE (Association for Experiential Education) accredited organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

Prior experience working with wilderness programs, outdoor education, residential summer camps, or related field
Current Wilderness First Aid. Wilderness First Responder certification preferred, or willingness to obtain
Competency in risk management skills
Prior to hiring: Satisfactory completion of the NCOAE instructor course

3+ years experience leading domestic and/or international outdoor education programs
Current WFR or WEMT certification
Master’s, Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in adventure education, outdoor education, recreation, wilderness leadership or related degree

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

About National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education

From North Carolina to Alaska to the high Andes to Patagonia, NCOAE is the values-based outdoor and adventure education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. Our mission is to design and deliver handcrafted outdoor and adventure education experiences that promote personal growth, professional development, and stewardship in our communities and the nature environment.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter, resume, and backcountry trip log to [email protected]

Company Website