Eagle’s Nest Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to experiential education for young people promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character. Eagle’s Nest sponsors three programs: Eagle’s Nest Camp, a co-ed summer camp for children ages 6-17, Hante Adventures, an off-site adventure program for older campers, and The Outdoor Academy, a semester school for high-performing 10th grade students from across the country. The Outdoor Academy incorporates a college preparatory curriculum with environmental education, wilderness leadership, unique arts offerings, and regional studies in a small community setting. Up to 28 students from public and private schools attend our school in the mountains of North Carolina for one semester of their 10th grade year.
Backup Residents at The Outdoor Academy (OA) play a small but critical role in the effective functioning of our residential life program. During our full-time Residential Wilderness Faculty’s time off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Backup Residents are responsible for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the students. They must communicate actively with Residents to maintain consistency in the OA residential life program, foster a safe and nurturing environment in student dorm spaces, and confidently deal with personal and interpersonal issues that arise amongst the students. Based on interest, experience, and staffing needs, Backup Residents might also have an opportunity to participate in OA’s outdoor programming.
The Backup Resident position is a part-time position from mid-January to mid-May, reporting to the Dean of Students and the Director of The Outdoor Academy. The Backup Resident will remain on campus for the duration of his or her shift, from approximately 5:00pm until 8:30am the following morning. The Backup Resident’s primary duty is to ensure the safety and well-being of OA students by providing mature, responsible supervision.
General Residential Life Duties
Model positive community membership and help students to meet the expectations of the school as outlined in the student manual.
Actively communicate with the Dean of Students and the Residential Wilderness Faculty about any issues that arise during the shift so as to create continuity in information sharing and follow-through in student support.
Serve as an important support for students while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
Facilitate the evening and morning schedules
Supervise dorms overnight, ensuring the safety and well-being of students.
Supervise morning cleanup and monitor overall cleanliness of the dorm spaces.
Work with students to positively and productively resolve conflicts and personal issues, and communicate such issues to supervisors.
Attend meals when on duty and prepare evening snack
Facilitate breakfast preparation
Supervise students after meals to ensure that kitchen and dining areas are properly cleaned, sanitized, and organized.
Experience with teenagers in a residential setting
A commitment to transformative outdoor experiential education
BS or BA degree, preferred
Current CPR and First Aid certification or higher
Semester school or study-abroad experience at secondary or collegiate level desirable
Background Check post job offer
Additional Salary Information: Eagle’s Nest provides flat daily rate, access to outdoor equipment pro deals, and food and lodging during shifts. Compensation for possible outdoor programming participation will be on a per diem basis. Specific benefits are outlined in the employment contract.
About Eagle's Nest Foundation
The Outdoor Academy is an accredited residential semester school for high achieving sophomores and select freshman and juniors. Focused on intellect, environment, community, and craft, OA delivers rigorous high school academics infused with experiential education in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our small community of students will also spend a quarter of their semester developing technical and wilderness leadership skills on backpacking, climbing, and paddling adventures all over the Southeast.