The Outdoor Academy is an accredited, residential, semester school for high achieving tenth-grade and select ninth- and eleventh-grade students. Rising from a long tradition of experiential education at Eagle's Nest Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered in 1950, The Outdoor Academy incorporates a college-preparatory curriculum with environmental education, wilderness leadership, unique arts offerings, and regional studies in a small community setting. Established in 1995, The Outdoor Academy enrolls up to 28 students from across the United States each semester to attend our school located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.
The Resident Wilderness Educator team fosters a safe, healthy, and responsible living environment in the dorms, around campus, and on trips. They oversee dorm life and work closely with the Dean of Students to design and implement residential life curriculum, including workshops on communication, feedback, identity, healthy relationships, leadership, etc. Their role in OA’s outdoor programming is extensive, as the team supports the Outdoor Education Manager in planning, preparing for, and leading hiking, climbing, and paddling trips. Residents will also have the opportunity to identify an area of residential school life that interests them (e.g. assisting a classroom teacher or the Garden Manager) in order to hone skills that will support their career goals in academic, experiential, or outdoor residential settings. Resident Wilderness Educators are immersed in the life of the school and play a crucial role in students’ experience at The Outdoor Academy.
August 12, 2019 – May 16, 2020 with holiday breaks at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break. Residents might have the option to renew their contract for a second year.
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITIES
Live with students in a dorm or cabin
Observe and enforce all policies of The Outdoor Academy and Eagle’s Nest Foundation
Monitor student safety in outdoor and residential settings
Co-lead wilderness trips, including rock climbing, white-water canoeing, and backpacking
Coordinate weekend activities
Facilitate morning and weekend meal preparation
Facilitate morning, evening, and bedtime routines
Hold dorm meetings, monitor student issues, and coordinate with Dean of Students to address concerns
Lead classes, on campus and in the field, in wilderness skills, leadership, ethics, and various residential life topics
Facilitate / participate in weekly work crews
Proctor study hours several evenings a week
Support Outdoor Education Manager is trip planning and preparation, cleaning and maintaining gear, and organizing pack-out for outdoor trips.
Distribute daily medications and support Medical Coordinator in monitoring student health and wellness
Accomplish other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students, Outdoor Education Manager, and Director.
As interests, schedules, and need allow, Residents will also have the opportunity to identify areas of school life in which they might like to play a greater role (e.g. assisting a classroom teacher, working with our Chef and Garden Manager to develop our garden-to-table program, etc.).
Application Deadline: Open until positions are filled.
Eagle’s Nest Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disabling condition, or sexual orientation.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
A commitment to transformative outdoor experiential education
BS or BA degree
Experience with teenagers in an outdoor setting
Significant background/skills in climbing, white-water canoeing, or backpacking
Current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT or proof of enrollment in a WFR/WEMT course that will be completed by the contract dates above
Semester school or study-abroad experience at secondary or collegiate level preferred
Experience with teenagers in a residential setting preferred
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND SCHEDULE
The majority of work will be conducted on campus; however, off-site work in the outdoors supervising teenagers will occur several times each semester. The ability to work long days in hot and/or cold environments and lift heavy gear and boxes is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Faculty should be flexible to work evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill program demands. Residents work Thursday mornings through Tuesday afternoons, with Tuesday and Wednesday nights off.
Additional Salary Information: The Outdoor Academy provides salary, contributory health insurance plan, on-campus room and board, professional development as an outdoor instructor and classroom teacher, holiday and other vacation periods, equipment use and pro-deals on gear, outdoor leadership training and adventure days, and weekly time off. Additionally, Residents each have a private bedroom in shared on-campus housing for use during their nights off.
About The Outdoor Academy/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.