Wilderness Instructor

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education

Wilmington, North Carolina

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $80 - $160 a day, based on experience

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is seeking Field Instructors for the 2024 season, to lead multi-day backcountry, wilderness expeditions while teaching a hands-on, experiential curriculum focused on technical skills, leadership development, and environmental stewardship. Join our team & explore the wilderness on multi-day expeditions, while living just minutes from the beach!


The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education's mission is to design and deliver handcrafted outdoor and adventure education experiences that promote personal growth, professional development, and stewardship in our communities and the natural environment.

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 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 field instructors
  • 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!

Interested applicants may apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and references to hr@ncoae.org

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Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Nature Center