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2 Jun 2023

Trek & Backpack Wilderness Field Instructor

NCOAE – Posted by National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education Anywhere

Job Description

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) has immediate openings for Wilderness Field Instructors for the 2023 summer season. Instructors manage the safety of the students while co-facilitating multi-day adventure education programming in the field, including sea kayaking, canoeing, 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
• Satisfactory completion of the NCOAE staff training

• 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
• Uniforms
• Industry discounts on clothing, gear, and equipment
• A dedicated administrative team to support your in-field efforts
• Live just a mile from the beach all season long!

How to Apply

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

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Trek & Backpack. Job Tags: backpacking, camp craft, camping, environmental education, Experiential Education, outdoor education, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and wilderness guiding.

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