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Become a NOLS Instructor

NOLS students are motivated to learn and grow. NOLS instructors are the people who make their unrivaled education possible. If you're interested in being part of this well-rounded, experienced, passionate instructional team as a field or wilderness medicine instructor, find your route below.

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Field Instructor

If you love the outdoors and have great communication skills, instructing for NOLS may be your opportunity of a lifetime. Field instructors are educators who teach leadership and technical skills on extended wilderness expeditions. If you have a variety of wilderness skills and desire to build relationships and educate students, then you should consider applying for the NOLS instructor course.

Launch your NOLS field instructor career with:

The NOLS Instructor Course (IC), a month long course for aspiring NOLS instructors. You'll get the tools to teach the next generation of NOLS students: in-depth instruction on teaching the NOLS curriculum and training about NOLS protocols.

The Professional Instructor Course (PIC) is an 18-day course for very experienced practicing outdoor educators. We require a minimum of 50 weeks working in the outdoor education industry in order to qualify for the PIC.

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Wilderness Medicine Instructor

If you have wilderness medicine and patient care experience, consider becoming a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute instructor. We teach throughout the U.S. and around the world.

All Wilderness Medicine Institute instructors have successfully completed one of our two instructor training courses:

The Wilderness First Responder Instructor Training Course (WFR ITC) is designed to train Wilderness EMTs to instruct WFR and WEMT programs

The Wilderness First Aid Instructor Training Course (WFA ITC) is designed to train WFRs to teach WFA programs.


The more flexible you are--both in ability and interest--the more opportunities there are to work a variety of course types at a number of different NOLS locations.
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