Outdoor Education Instructor

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Reidsville, NC
United States

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The Penn 4-H Center is seeking instructors for our Fall school programs season: August 14 - November 15, 2017 with opportunities for continued employment in our spring/summer camp programs.

NC State University's Penn 4-H Center provides day and overnight programs to elementary, middle, and high school students on our 220 acres. 

Job description:

  • Provide instruction for nearly 20 programs in environmental science and cultural history to elementary students in the Environmental Education program. Topics include aquatic ecology, forest measurments, predator/prey relationships, wildlife habitats, pioneer living history, and much more.
  • Facilitate ground initiatives, team challenge course, and high ropes course elements with middle and high school students in our Soaring Thru Spaces program. 
  • Provide leadership for GPS based, outdoor science geocaching explorations with middle school students in Project ORIENT.
  • Enhance the mental, physical, and social development of the students participating in the program by being a positive role model and excited leader.
  • Participate in ongoing training programs that prepare staff in content knowledge, program delivery, and safety procedures.
  • Assist in the day to day upkeep of all program supplies, program areas, and camp facilities.
  • Instructors oversee all day and evening programs but no overnight supervisory duties in student cabins is required.


Staff can anticipate a lot of long hour days throughout the season, often beginning at 7:45am and ending at 9:00pm when overnight groups are on-site. Mostly 5 day work weeks with some weekend work required. 


  • Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in a related field.
  • Experience working with kids may take the place of some college credits.
  • Applicants must have a love for working with kids, an interest in experiential education, and a ton of patience!!
  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love for hard work in a team atmosphere are crucial to successful job completion.


Instructors receive $300/week plus a private room in the staff house w/ wireless internet and laundry facility. Paid staff training and meals are also provided. 

How to Apply:

To Apply: Apply online at:   https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/85217

Questions?  Contact Kyle Shillinglaw, Education Director, at 336-349-9445 ext. 305 or by email at kyle_shillinglaw@ncsu.edu . 

Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center
804 Cedar Lane
Reidsville, NC 27320