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Wilderness Field Instructor

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Wilderness Field Instructor
The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is seeking Wilderness Field Instructors for the 2023 season. Instructors are responsible for managing the safety of trip participants while co-facilitating multi-day adventure education courses in the field, including kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and outdoor campcraft. Instructors manage risks and assure effective courses while serving as an educator and role model.

Candidates must be able to teach and facilitate NCOAE’s curriculum to teens and adults, complete documentation in an accurate and timely fashion, and participate in pre-trip and post-trip briefs. Additional duties include facilitating a meaningful group process and setting an emotionally and physically safe, fun and engaging tone for staff and students to follow.

NCOAE’s hands-on, experiential core curriculum emphasizes teamwork, environmental stewardship and the acquisition of technical skills. Through these lessons, NCOAE Instructors help course participants improve their self-confidence and interpersonal relationships. Experiential education is merged with good, old-fashioned fun to offer an unrivaled path to insight, joy, and drive. NCOAE is proud to be an AEE (Association for Experiential Education) accredited organization.

Position Requirements

• Prior experience working with wilderness programs, outdoor education, residential summer camps or related fields
• Current Wilderness First Aid. Wilderness First Responder certification (or willingness to obtain) preferred.
• Competency in risk management skills
• Prior to hiring: Satisfactory completion of an NCOAE instructor training course

• 3+ years experience leading domestic and international outdoor education programs
• Current WFR or WEMT certification
• Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator
• Master’s, Bachelor’s or Associate's degree in adventure education, outdoor education, recreation, wilderness leadership or related degree

Interested individuals may apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and references to
$75 - $100 daily, based on experience
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Wilmington, North Carolina United States,Maupin, Oregon United States
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