The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is the values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development.

The NCOAE is seeking exceptional individuals to join their growing team of outdoor adventure-based educators and program administrators!

Based minutes from the sandy white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina, the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is the values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. With Outdoor Educator, Semester & Gap Year and Custom Courses in the Himalayas, Patagonia, East Africa, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and North Carolina, the outdoors is where abilities are transformed and a unique quest for discovery is fostered.

By teaching a core curriculum that emphasis teamwork, environmental stewardship and the acquisition of technical skills, 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.

Participating in an NCOAE course has been one of the greatest experiences of my life! It helped me to grow emotionally and taught me skills that I am able to transfer into my everyday life. I am truly grateful and lucky to have been a part of this program. The wilderness adventures I experienced, including backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking and surfing, were ones I’ll never forget. NCOAE Instructors were teachers, friends and role models and along with the other students on my course, I felt I've made a family for life! Thanks NCOAE. —Aaron M.

What You'll Be Doing

Take on a variety of roles with NCOAE participants — serving as leader, facilitator, educator, counselor, role model and friend!

Take on a variety of roles with NCOAE participants — serving as leader, facilitator, educator, counselor, role model and friend!

NCOAE recognizes that dedicated instructors and administrative staff are key to the organization's future growth—and to student and participant success. If you have a deep passion for education and the outdoors, take immense pride in your work and your ability to positively impact the lives of others, embrace change, and believes that mountains, rivers and surf provide opportunities for growth and learning, NCOAE invites you to explore their current job openings.

NOCAE values people who bring diverse life experiences with them and those who seek adventure in their personal lives.

Do you have what it takes?
NCOAE is looking for individuals who are committed to the educational, emotional and physical development of people on a personal, group, and larger societal level. Staff are experts in leading participants through the rigors of backpacking, climbing, whitewater rafting, surfing, and sea kayaking adventures—and helping participants realize valuable life lessons from their outdoor adventure course experience using the NCOAE curricula.

NCOAE values people with diverse life experiences who seek adventure in their personal lives. All courses are physically and mentally demanding, and staff must have considerable proficiency in teaching and communicating with participants of diverse backgrounds and needs.

Course Directors
The Course Director oversees the risk management, quality control and educational effectiveness of all courses. Primary responsibilities include supervising and evaluating Field Instructors, managing technical course sites, overseeing all logistical details of courses in the field, assisting with NCOAE’s development and providing reconnaissance of new and proposed course areas.

Additional Duties Include
Serving as the primary link between program management staff and Instructors
Supervising field staff
Organizing and managing staff trainings according to individual, technical, and educational skills
Serving as trainer and mentor
Managing completion of all course planning and general readiness tasks prior to student arrival
Providing oversight and management of courses (planning, implementation, pre-trip and post-trip briefings, etc.)
Assisting with logistics
Providing site support
Packing course food
Assuming Instructor role as needs dictate
Providing additional training as needed for support staff working with assigned courses

Position Requirements
3+ years experience working in outdoor education programs
Current Wilderness First Responder certification
Leave No Trace Trainer
Competency in risk management skills
Satisfactory completion of an NCOAE IC or IC-Pro training
2+ years experience managing staff, preferably in an outdoor education or experiential learning program

Lead Instructors
The Lead Instructor manages the safety of the students and co-instructors while facilitating multi-day adventure education programming in the field. You will be the primary individual who manages risks and assures effective courses. You will serve as educator, role model and friend. You must be able to teach and facilitate NCOAE’s curriculum to teens, adults and co-instructors, complete documentation accurately and in a 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 instructors and students to follow.

Position Requirements
Minimum:
3+ years of experience leading outdoor education programs
Current Wilderness First Responder certification
Leave No Trace Trainer
Competency in risk management skills
Satisfactory completion of an NCOAE on-campus instructor training or NCOAE Outdoor Educator Training

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

Priority will be given to those who possess the experience, skills, certifications and requirements to serve as the whitewater rafting instructor and/or rock climbing instructor.

Are you a Raft Guide, Paddling Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor?

Priority will be given to those who possess the experience, skills, certifications and requirements to serve as the whitewater rafting or paddling instructor, and/or rock climbing instructor. This allows staff members to instruct groups throughout an entire course, eliminating disruptions within the progression of each course.

Raft Guide Requirements
Current WFR certification
Current Swift Water Rescue certification
2+ years experience leading rafting or paddling trips on class III-IV rivers
Competency in risk management skills

Rock Climbing Instructor Requirements
Current WFR certification
Current AMGA SPI certification
3 years experience climbing 5.8 terrain or higher
Competency in risk management skills

Location

Just a short three-minute drive from the sandy white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the NCOAE campus and headquarters in North Carolina sits on 17 beautiful acres adjacent to the Cape Fear River and is home to deer, black bear, live oaks, cypress and magnolias. The facility consists of a 2,000 square foot classroom with offices, a 1,200 square foot gear warehouse, staff and participant housing, a WiFi-enabled campus, outdoor showers and a laundry room.

Compensation & Perks

An additional perk is the potential for staff to travel and work at unique course sites throughout the United States and the world.

Compensation and wages are competitively priced and based on factors including experience, education, certifications and commitment.

Course Directors: Field Day: $120-$175/day; Hourly: $10-$15/hour
Field Instructors: Field Day: $65-$160/day; Hourly: $10-$13/hour

An additional perk is the potential for staff to travel and work at unique course sites throughout the United States and the world. Course locations include East Africa, the Himalayas, Patagonia, North Carolina, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

All staff are required to possess a WFR certification. NCOAE offers this course several times each year. Candidates are responsible for obtaining all certifications required for NCOAE positions prior to employment.

Time Commitment

Staff training is required for all staff.

Satisfactory completion of an NCOAE on-campus staff training (typically offered twice each year) or a NCOAE Outdoor Educator Training is mandatory prior to employment or contract offers. Employment contract dates vary, and occur annually between February 1 and December 31.

Connections & Application

Applications from exceptional outdoor and wilderness-based educators, guides, field staff and program administrators are accepted on a rolling basis.

If you have a background in outdoor education, outfitting and guiding, or adventure-based team building, and you’re committed to the NCOAE ideal of facilitating professionally led outdoor adventure and education experiences for youth and adults that fosters teamwork, environmental stewardship, and the acquisition of technical skills, email your cover letter and resume to Human Resources.

Applications from exceptional outdoor and wilderness-based educators, guides, field staff and program administrators are accepted on a rolling basis.

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is the values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development.

Human Resources
National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education
9809 River Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 399-8090
(888) 399-5957 fax
hr@ncoae.org
NCOAE.org

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