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Mountain Trail Outdoor School Instructor -- Kanuga (Hendersonville, NC)

Mountain Trail Outdoor School (MTOS) is a residential, environmental and adventure education program located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville, North Carolina. MTOS offers day, multi-day, and weeklong programs to school groups and other educational organizations. We serve both public and private schools. Most of the schools that attend MTOS are middle school age (5th to 8th grade).

MTOS’s experiential learning curriculum combines natural science study, community building activities and opportunities for participants to increase their self-confidence through outdoor activities.

Instructor responsibilities include:

  • Active participation in staff training
  • T eaching small group classes (generally two, three-hour classes per day). Instructors are responsible for developing proficiency in all MTOS classes
  • Leading evening programs (average of two programs per week)
  • Full participation in all staff meetings and professional development activities
  • Assisting with student orientation and meal orientation responsibilities
  • Interacting professionally with students, teachers and parents
  • Maintaining program equipment
  • Implementing risk management systems for programs, equipment and transportation
  • Occasional On-Call duties
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Instructors should be 21+ years of age and have completed their college degree. Degrees in a related field (Biology, Ecology, Education, and Recreation) preferred. Preference is given to those who have experience teaching in experiential and adventure education. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required (WFR preferred). Staff should have experience working with young people and have knowledge of, or be willing to learn, hands-on activities in natural science, outdoor living skills, teambuilding, facilitation of high ropes and rock climbing and wilderness expeditions. Staff involved with leading backpacking and rock-climbing expeditions are required to be certified in WFA (WFR preferred).

Salary: Instructor compensation begins at $290/week, based on experience. Room and board are provided for the employment period. Staff agreements include paid staff training.

Dates of Employment:

  • Fall Seasons: August - November
  • Spring Season: February - May