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7 Jan 2022

Other Outdoor Course Director

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 a Course Director for the 2022 season, to oversee Southeast US based courses and manage trip logistics, and as well as work in the field a Lead Field Instructor as needed, assuring the safety of trip participants while facilitating multi-day adventure education courses in the field.

Must be able to manage risks and assure effective courses, while serving as an educator and role model. Must be able to also teach and facilitate NCOAE’s curriculum to teens, and adults, complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion and lead in pre-trip and post-trip meetings. Additional duties include: facilitating meaningful group experiences and setting an emotionally and physically safe, fun and engaging tone for students to follow.

Major Job Responsibilities & Duties:

• Oversee courses and custom programs throughout the planning, implementation, in-field, wrap-up and evaluation phases.
• Serve as a primary link between: a) NCOAE and instructors prior to and during the time they are in the field, and b) outside agencies and third-party vendors wherever assigned courses, programs and trainings are run.
• Assist with instructor training, mentoring and evaluation.
• Supervise and evaluate all staff working on assigned courses, programs and trainings.
• Assist with the identification and exploration of new locations for courses, custom programs and trainings, as well as with the development and implementation of local operating procedures and plans.
• Lead pre-trip meetings & assisting field instructors as needed with pack outs.
• Lead post trip debriefs and assist with gear de-issues.
• Communicate in a clear, effective, and timely manner to the Program Director, interns, instructors and other staff.
• Consistently strive to share & receive feedback from co-workers & supervisors.
• Prepare and submit a variety of paperwork, including vehicle logs, inventories, and other reports as requested.
• Provide transportation of gear, field staff, and/or participants, including to and from the field.
• Be on call during assigned courses and respond to field emergencies as needed, including providing emergency transportation, supply delivery, or field supervision.
• Maintain the physical and emotional safety of students, serving as a role model and managing behaviors in a positive manner.
• Contribute to maintaining safe, fun and engaging courses, supporting the instructor team as necessary.
• Assume lead instructor role and responsibilities for assigned courses, programs and/or trainings.
• Participate in mandatory NCOAE-related trainings and meetings.
• Commit to own professional development, including technical, interpersonal, and educational skills.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

• 2+ seasons of experience working with wilderness programs, outdoor education, outdoor recreation, residential summer camps, or related field
• Current Wilderness First Responder certification, or willingness to obtain
• Competency in risk management skills
• Prior experience working in a supervisory role
• Maintain a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
• Prior to hiring: Satisfactory completion of an NCOAE on-campus instructor course

Preferred Qualifications:

•At least 1 year prior experience in supervisory position.
•Bachelor’s degree (or working towards) in Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation, or related field preferred
•Wilderness EMT
•Knowledge and passion for NCOAE programs, curriculum and operating philosophy.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply by submitting a cover letter & resume to

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: adventure travel, backpacking, outdoor education, and paddling.

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