the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is seeking Wilderness Field Instructors for the 2022 spring, summer, and fall seasons. Instructors manage the safety of trip participants while co-facilitating multi-day adventure education courses in the field, including sea kayaking, whitewater paddling, backpacking, and rock climbing. Instructors 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 in an accurate and timely fashion, and participate in pre-trip and post-trip briefs. Additional duties include facilitating a meaningful group process and setting an emotionally and physically safe, fun and engaging tone for instructors and students to follow. NCOAE is proud to be an AEE (Association for Experiential Education) accredited organization.

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


Minimum Qualifications:

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

Preferred Skills:


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

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. NCOAE develops and facilitates professionally guided outdoor experiences to foster an engaged educational community, through personal growth and the acquisition of technical and academic skills.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants may apply by submitting a cover letter & resume to [email protected]

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