become an instructor

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Become a NOLS Field Instructor

We teach in classrooms and remote wilderness locations

NOLS Field Instructor

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

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.

Applications for Spring/Summer 2020 Instructor Courses will open in August, 2019. In the meantime, feel free to explore courses below and check out the FAQs here.


Become an Instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Instructors are first and foremost intentional educators. They teach the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies across all NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses including: 2-day Wilderness First Aid, 10-day Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals, 30-day Wilderness EMT, and more. 

To become an instructor, you need to complete the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor Training Course (ITC), a 7- or 10-day intensive training in Lander, Wyoming.


“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