Outdoor Education Instructor
Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute

Outdoor Education in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Marion!

Work in the heart of Jocassee Gorge with an onsite waterfall hike and on SC largest lake!!


Outdoor Education Instructor

Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute
Summerton, South Carolina and Sunset, South Carolina
$525.00 / week
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts in about 2 months. (Feb 01, 2023)

Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute, Outdoor Education Instructor Spring 2023

Camp Hannon: Sunset, SC

Exploration Hannon: Located in the upstate Blue Ridge Mountains close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border. Staff will have quick access to hiking, canoeing/rafting, rock climbing and many other outdoor recreation activities. A mountain geology and ecology field study program designed around the processes and skills of scientific inquiry. Students will discover science concepts and engage in scientific thinking through investigations that explore the topographical phenomenon called the Blue Ridge Escarpment - a drastic and sudden 3,000-foot shift in elevation from flat piedmont to steep mountains. Activities include stream mapping, map and compass, mountain geology and ecology, aquatic ecology, zip lines, a climbing tower and more. 

R.M Cooper 4-H Leadership Center: Summerton, SC 

Teaching KATE: Camp Bob Cooper is located in the Lowcountry of SC on a 110-acre peninsula on Lake Marion (SC’s largest lake).  Our location provides a range of ecosystems being in a lake setting and an hour from the coast in Charleston. Staff are able to enjoy this wonderful ecosystem with canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing! We provide educational programs for elementary and middle schools around the state. Instructors will be trained and teach children in aquatic ecology, forestry studies, wildlife ecology, soils science, natural history of the area, teams course, and high adventure (ropes courses and climbing wall). The job includes day and evening programs but no overnight supervision of school children in cabins.  We also work with various private and public groups that want a rental experience in a camp setting. 

 Principle Duties: 

  • Regularly teach at least two curriculum components in the field study programs 
  • Lead students in daily program activities (wake-up, flagpole, meals, canteen, and campfire). 
  • Be actively involved in all program activities, leading and participating in evening recreational and instructional times as scheduled. 
  • Assist with routine clean up and set up of program areas. 
  • Perform direct supervision of children while involved with activities. 
  • Facilitate groups utilizing adventure activities. 


  • BA or BS in Environmental Education, Natural Sciences, Forestry, Geology, Education, Marine Science, or Wildlife Biology. 
  • Must have the patience, understanding, flexibility, and a lot of energy. 
  • Must demonstrate teaching skills and the ability to implement creative “hands on” teaching methods. 
  • Must be willing to sacrifice, adapt and work hard as part of a team pursuing an objective. 
  • Must be physically able to perform the tasks required to teach outdoors. 
  • Must be willing to work long hours. 

Pay Scale: 

$525/week plus room, board, and a sickness/accidental insurance plan. 

How to Apply

Contact: Send resumes to Megan Griffith at mg5@clemson.edu with subject line "Outdoor Education Instructor Position"

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