become an instructor

Credit: Stéphane Terrier

We teach in classrooms and remote wilderness locations.

We look for educators who are growth-oriented and passionate about teaching.



NOLS Field Instructor

To become a NOLS field instructor, your first step is to complete a NOLS Instructor Course. The Instructor Course is expedition-based training focused on preparing you to teach NOLS’ expedition core curriculum: leadership, risk management, outdoor skills, and environmental studies.


Wilderness Medicine Instructor Training Courses

To become a NOLS wilderness medicine instructor, your first step is to successfully complete one of our two training courses:

WFA Instructor Training Course (ITC)

WFR Instructor Training Course (ITC), designed to train WEMTs to instruct WFR and WEMT programs


WFR Instructor Training Course (ITC)

WFA Instructor Training Course (ITC), designed to train WFRs to instruct WFA programs

Students gather around for a lesson about Wilderness Medicine

“It’s the absolute best to watch a student act with confidence during a medical scenario, step up to lead a travel day, or push themselves to try something new.”

- Robin Larson, NOLS Instructor


field-note-arrow-small-mud.png  Meet our instructors