Voyageur Program Instructor

Company: National Cathedral School

Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

National Cathedral School (NCS) seeks an outdoor educator with a passion for working with children and young adults as part of the Voyageur Program, a program for students in grades 4 through 12 at NCS and St. Albans School. As a full-time co-curricular offering, the Voyageur Program utilizes on-campus, local, and regional outdoor recreation areas to offer a highly technical outdoor education curriculum focusing on the core components of rock climbing and whitewater kayaking. Instruction occurs during the student day, with additional instruction through off-campus trips during the school year.  This teaching role is a 10-month position, beginning August 2024. A typical school day for this program is 10:00 am – 6:30 pm.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  •  Pertinent experience and background in outdoor education.
  •  A genuine care for and interest in working with elementary and secondary-school age students.
  •  Ability to regularly move loads of up to 50 lbs. As a self-sufficient program, moving boats, carrying gear, and completing general equipment maintenance are daily responsibilities that are physically demanding.
  •  Talent as a teacher and positive role model.
  • Experience in properly managing a technical skills-based, outdoor education curriculum across a variety of disciplines.
  •  A passion for both wilderness and adventure education.

Outdoor Skills:

The two core elements of the Voyageur Program are indoor/outdoor rock climbing and whitewater kayaking. Interested applicants should have significant experience both personally and professionally in at least one of these activities, in addition to an interest and willingness to pursue further skill development in both. Ideal candidates will possess specific knowledge of top rope site management, anchor building, indoor climbing/bouldering instruction, and technical rescue abilities. Experience teaching in up to Class III whitewater is a plus, as is any swift water rescue training. Additional experience in the following areas is also beneficial: backpacking/wilderness travel, leave-no-trace ethics, team building and group initiatives, tandem/solo canoeing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.


  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR (required)
  • Class C Commercial Driver’s License with Passenger endorsement (must hold or obtain)
  • Maryland Top Rope Site Manager Certification or equivalent American Mountain Guides Association Certification (must hold or obtain)
  •   American Canoe Association Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Certification (must hold or obtain)
  •  While these certifications are not required at the time of hiring, the new instructor will work with the Program Director to create a reasonable timeline for completion of certifications.

About National Cathedral School

NCS is committed to leadership in multicultural education and a culturally diverse faculty and staff. The school therefore seeks applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported. National Cathedral School serves 599 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, flexible, collaborative, and view education as an engaging vocation. Our students are engaged, fun, and kind, and they love to be challenged and viewed as confident individuals. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of an excellent education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral’s commitment to be a house of prayer for all people. National Cathedral School requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any boosters recommended and available to the public, absent eligibility for medical or religious exemptions.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send an electronic application to National Cathedral School. Please include a brief cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three to five references. Please submit all materials together as one combined PDF attachment gb [email protected] with “Voyageur Instructor” in the subject line.
Posted on: March 5, 2024
Location: Washington, DC
Job Type: Full Time
Job Starting Date:
August 1, 2024
Application Closing Date:
April 1, 2024
Job Salary Range:
Salary is competitive based on experience, and the position includes a full benefits package with additional access to instructor pro-deals and professional development.
Preferred/Required Degree Level: Bachelor’s degree
Population(s) Served: Youth - K-12