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21 Mar 2024

Trek & Backpack Wilderness 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 Field Instructors for the 2024 season. Instructors manage the safety of the students while co-facilitating multi-day adventure education programming in the field, including canoeing, 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
• 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
• 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
• 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 in between courses!

How to Apply

Interested applicant may apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and trip log to

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Trek & Backpack. Job Tags: Alaska, backpacking, camping, canoeing, environmental education, Experiential Education, gap semester, hiking, international travel, kayaking, north carolina, Oregon, outdoor education, Pacific Northwest, rock climbing, summer camp jobs, whitewater rafting, and wilderness travel.

Job expires in 35 days.

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