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24 Jun 2024

Water Canoeing Field Instructor

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education – Posted by National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is seeking Backpacking Instructors to work individual trip contracts during the Winter 2025 season (Jan-Feb).

Instructors manage the safety of the students while co-facilitating multi-day adventure education programming in the field, including camping, hiking, backpacking, 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
• Strong Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills
• Ability to work independently and as a team, with minimal supervision
• Current Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification (preferred) or willingness to obtain prior to employment
• Prior canoe instruction experience
• Competency in risk management skills


• 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

Employee Perks Include:

• Room/board for seasonal staff
• Industry-leading pay
• Training
• Uniform shirt
• Industry discounts on professional memberships, clothing, gear, and equipment
• A dedicated administrative team to support your in-field efforts
• Live just a mile from the beach in-between trips!

How to Apply

Interested candidates may apply by submitting their cover letter, resume, and trip log to

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Water. Job Tags: canoeing, environmental education, outdoor education, outdoor leadership, paddling, recreation, and wilderness.

Job expires in 33 days.

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