Course Director

Job Description

Overview: Experience Learning is seeking a Course Director to plan and implement wilderness-based school courses at our 2 campuses in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. 

Position Overview:

Based at the remote Spruce Knob Mountain Center, Course Directors manage the direct implementation of wilderness-based field courses. These programs help people become confident, competent individuals with a clear vision of their responsibilities and potential for improving the human condition and the natural world.

Our courses typically serve students in 5th-12th grade, from schools throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Courses include 4-8 day wilderness-based programs in the nearby national forest and off-site in wild spaces throughout the region including the Appalachian Trail, 1-2 day residential programs on one of our campuses and 1-2 day programs investigating watersheds in communities across West Virginia.

For more information about our programs, please visit

Institutional Background
We were founded in 1972 on Spruce Knob Mountain in West Virginia as the Woodlands and Whitewater Institute, and have been conducting educational programming here ever since.  For two decades in the late ‘90s and early 2000’s we expanded our focus to include protected area management as The Mountain Institute, taking on additional projects most notably in Nepal and Peru.  In March 2017, we made the decision to divide by focus, allowing The Mountain Institute to focus more exclusively on landscapes and for Experience Learning, Inc. to focus on people.  Experience Learning, Inc. is now a separate nonprofit organization operating two spectacular campuses, the 400 acre Spruce Knob Mountain Center and the 565 acre Sweetwater Farm.


  • At the beginning of the season, serve as an instructor on wilderness-based field courses in order to thoroughly understand program flow
  • Work with the Program Manager to plan course schedules, menus, expectations, and logistics within budget
  • Supervise a team of 4-6 Field Instructors
  • Provide Field Instructors with necessary curriculum, development opportunities, and feedback
  • Lead pre-course briefings and post-course debriefings with Instructors
  • Manage all program logistics during course duration, including response to emergent and non-emergent course needs, program materials, and resource needs
  • Complete all course related paperwork in a timely and efficient manner
  • Step in for sick/injured Instructors, cooks, and on-call staff as needed
  • Assist with training Field Instructors
  • Create and strengthen relationships with area schools through positive and professional interactions


  • BA/BS in relevant field
  • 1-2 years of field experience in experiential education, outdoor recreation, environmental education, summer camp, classroom teaching, or related field
  • 1 year of experience managing programs and supervising staff
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR (preferred) 
    • WFR certification class offered onsite 12-20 August 2019 applicant must commit to obtaining this certification during employment.
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR (Required)
  • Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather
  • Desire to protect, conserve, and promote mountain ecosystems
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends
  • Positive attitude and unassailable work ethic
  • Desire to live in a remote place with an outstanding community of outdoor professionals and to work hard to make positive change in our world


  • Starting daily compensation rate: $80.00
  • Room and Board during length of employment (valued at $15.00/day)
  • Social Security match (7.65% of gross salary)
  • Workers’ Compensation Coverage
  • 1 day of health leave per month worked
  • Temporary or seasonal employees with a contract of more than 130 days will accrue 1 day per month and up to a maximum of 5 days of paid time off.
  • Access to company pro deals
  • Opportunities for rapid organizational advancement

    Experience Learning, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: 

David Colby Martin, [email protected]

Application Closing Date: 
We hire on a rolling basis- apply as early as possible!
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Job Location: 
Circleville, WV
Job Experience: 
3 - 5 years
Job Degree Level: 
Bachelor's degree
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