Nantahala Outdoor Center

SOLO Instructor

Job Locations US-NC-Bryson City
Job ID
Variable Employee


For 48+ years NOC has led the outdoor industry, taking more guests whitewater rafting and teaching more paddlers than any other outdoor recreation company. NOC also provides top-quality aerial and trail-based adventures, wilderness medicine as well as unmatched retail service, foodservice, lodging, and trip planning services. Behind NOC's success is our staff’s commitment to our five core values:  Lead by Example, Service Before Self, Do the Right Thing, Work Hard/Play Hard and Make it Happen. These core values unite a community of leaders and pioneers in an exciting, fun and always changing work environment. 


NOC career opportunities offer a rare combination of work in beautiful locations, a chance to grow skills and to share a passion for active outdoor recreation. Ideal candidates are leaders in the workplace that wish to join a unique, values-driven organization. They aspire to excellence in their fields and disciplines and they demonstrate a commitment to the service of others. Above all, they want to provide guests with unforgettable experiences. If this sounds like you, we hope you'll apply to join the NOC team.  



Job Summary: 


Conducts courses in the field of Wilderness Medicine, CPR & First Aid, Survival and other subjects as assigned. Responsible for preparing and delivering lectures, leading and moderating classroom discussions, running hands-on scenarios, and administering and grading examinations and practicals. The Instructor is expected to provide positive student interactions/experiences and to take all precautions to keep guest and other instructors prepared and safe.  


Opportunity to engage with incredible outdoor leaders with other Instructors and students alike. Knowledge and networking opportunities, friendships is incredibly rewarding. Keeping up with industry standards and trends 1. Instructor update paid training 

Helping people become fantastic instructors 2. 2-3'x's a year heavily subsidize continuing ed courses through NOC.


For Brooks, know that the folks he is teaching are going to go out and use what he is teaching. Teaching others to help others and providing them the knowledge. Empowering others and teaching prevention and how to avoid and prevent injuries. 


Report to SOLO Manager, part-time year round status, ability to be flexible with the schedule and applicants should have a flexible schedule. Busy season for teaching end of March - July 

Off season Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb


Dynamic position and opportunity to teach in varying locations summer camps, universities


Ability to make your teaching style unique to you - teach people to be really great instructors



  • Plan, prepare, and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences
  • Develop lesson plans and establish/communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
  • Prepare classroom for class activities and check equipment and paperwork prior to start of class
  • Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying needs
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment
  • Observe and evaluate student's performance and development, and provide appropriate feedback on work
  • Complete end of course activities in a timely manner including, but not limited to, end of course paperwork and classroom/equipment clean-up
  • Stay updated with developments in subject areas, and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities


Outdoor Background

  • Experience leading trips with adults and kids in backcountry settings
  • Worked for more than one season as a head guide/trip leader
  • Use of medical training – patient contact through ski patrol, military medic, head guide/trip leader, rescue squad, or other channels

Teaching Experience

  • Experience teaching in a classroom and an outdoor environment
  • Knowledge of concepts and experience teaching to adult learners
  • Understanding of methods and principles of experiential education
  • Medical teaching experience is a plus


  • High School diploma or equivalent required - College degree preferred
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT basic) or higher level of training (includes military medics, nurses, etc.)
  • Previous wilderness medicine training or equivalent required

Physical Requirements:

Follow up with Brooks 


Away courses - accomodations, food, transportation 


Travel - clean driving record, 21 years of age





The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to provide a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of this position. As the nature of business demands change, so too may the essential functions of this position.

The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any and all terms, conditions or privileges of employment including hiring, promotions, termination, training and compensation. The NOC does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic condition or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, where applicable. Furthermore, the NOC is committed to a work environment free of discrimination and harassment through respecting and valuing the diversity among employees and all those with whom the NOC does business.


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