Working at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education

Interested in a career in outdoor and adventure education? The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) may be the right fit for you.

Photo of NCOAE Field Instructors backpacking.

NCOAE is that’s committed to planning and facilitating professionally guided outdoor adventure and education experiences that foster teamwork, environmental stewardship and the acquisition of technical skills. Our dedicated administrative and field staff is the key to our future growth and our student and participant success. If you have a deep passion for education and the outdoors and take immense pride in your work and ability to positively impact the lives of others, embraces change, and believes that mountains, rivers and surf are simply opportunities, we invite you to apply for any of the job openings listed here.

NCOAE Career Overview

Here at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education, we’re always on the lookout for great people to add to our growing team of outdoor and adventure-based educators and program administrators. Like any good educationally focused endeavor, we exist because of the success of our students and program participants, and because of the relentless work, dedication, skills, and insights of our co-workers.

Photo of NCOAE Instructors teaching a rock climbing lesson.

Unlike other outdoor adventure and education providers, our core curriculum has been proven to have a positive impact on participants’ self-confidence, interpersonal relationships, and civic and environmental responsibility.

That’s because NCOAE is comprised of hard-working, dedicated and fun people of all ages and backgrounds, committed in a really simple belief that positive and profoundly empowering experiences are created when people choose to engage with themselves and one another in unique wilderness settings.

If you have a background in outdoor education, outfitting and guiding or adventure-based team building, and you’re committed to facilitating professionally guided outdoor adventure and education experiences for both youth and adults that fosters teamwork, environmental stewardship and the acquisition of technical skills, we want to hear from you.

Current NCOAE Job Openings

Field Instructors & Lead Field Instructors

Field Instructors & Lead Field 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, glacier trekking, whitewater rafting, and mountaineering. Instructors manage risks and assure effective courses, while serving as an educator and role model.

Instructors 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 instructors 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

  • 3+ years of experience leading outdoor education programs
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification, or willingness to obtain
  • Competency in risk management skills
  • Satisfactory completion of an NCOAE on-campus instructor training or NCOAE Outdoor Educator Training


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

To Apply

Cover letters and resumes from exceptional outdoor and wilderness-based educators, guides, field staff and program administrators are accepted on a rolling basis and may be sent to the attention of