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Part-Time Wilderness Medicine Instructor


If you’ve participated in a wilderness medicine training program and wondered to yourself, Maybe I could teach that course, then perhaps the information on this page is for you.

Our wilderness medicine instructors are qualified to teach courses that result in their students successfully completing coursework required to receive certification in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and a Wilderness EMT (W-EMT). And while being chosen to teach one or more of these courses isn’t a given, it is possible for someone with the drive, experience, and skills required to make a difference in the lives of those we teach.

What you need to know about working for NCOAE as a wilderness medicine instructor:

  • NCOAE wilderness medicine instructors are educators first, wilderness medicine professionals second. While the line between the two is razor-thin, we’re more interested in the educator within you than we are in your prowess as a wilderness medicine practitioner.
  • NCOAE is a mission-driven organization. That means we’re focused on designing and delivering handcrafted outdoor and adventure-based educational experiences that promote personal growth, professional development, and stewardship in ourselves, our communities, and the natural environment. If our mission aligns with yours, we might be a great match.
  • NCOAE is an experiential education-based organization. Accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), our standards are set intentionally high — both for instructors and students alike. Instructing at NCOAE requires exceptional classroom skills and heightened supervisory skills for those parts of our curriculum that are hands-on, and practicum based.
  • NCOAE instructors have administrative responsibilities. As the point person for the course(s) they instruct, our wilderness medicine instructors are expected to remain on top of a variety of administrative duties. From logging equipment and communicating with students prior to the start of their course, to maintaining accurate student records and files and coordinating schedules, our instructors are required to wear many different hats.


  • NCOAE wilderness medicine instructors are required to have the following prerequisites:
    • Two years teaching in outdoor education and/or guiding experience
    • Lead wilderness medicine instructors are required to have current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certifications
    • Assistant instructors are required to have current WFR certifications
    • NCOAE instructors must apply for and complete Wilderness Medicine Instructor Training. Wilderness medicine instructor training serves two distinct purposes: 1) Instructor training allows us to cover how to teach according to our curriculum and standards, and 2) affords both you and us the opportunity to see if we’re a great match for one another.


Start your application for wilderness medicine instructor training by completing and submitting the secure form. Once we receive your application, someone from our office will be in touch to discuss your future at NCOAE.


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Please include all past and current certification, including the month and year each was received, and the name of the organization you received your certification from.
Please elaborate so that we may understand the scope of your experiences — for example, please speak to the number of patients, types of injuries, distance of evacuations, etc., in which you’ve been involved.
Please be as detailed as possible.
Please include information about both outdoor guiding, instructing, and teaching, and classroom teaching and instructing.