Field Instructor - WFR
Jacob Ford has worked in outdoor education since 2016, teaching and guiding in
wilderness areas stretching from South Florida to Northern Minnesota. At NCOAE, he is
entrusted with helping to lead select wilderness-based backpacking trips.
Before joining NCOAE, Jacob worked for 4-H Camp Overlook in the Northern
Adirondacks for seven years — two of those years as the organization’s mountaineering
director, and another two years as the shooting sports director.
He has also volunteered as a backcountry wilderness ranger working in Kawishiwi
District of the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota, along with volunteering
as an education and outreach intern for Big Cypress National Preserve in Southern
Jacob earned an Associate of Arts degree in wilderness and park management from
Vermillion Community College (Ely, MN) and a degree in wilderness education from
SUNY Potsdam. He also holds membership in the Association for Experiential Education
(AEE) has a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certificate. Jacob is a certified as Leave No
Trace trainer and has both CPR and AED certification.
This Shelton, Connecticut native enjoys canoeing, cross-country skiing, and archery.
Associate Degree Wilderness and Park Management
Vermillion Community College (Ely, MN)
Associate Degree in Wilderness Education
SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, NY)
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED)