Nantahala Outdoor Center

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Summer Jobs with Nantahala Outdoor Center - The Leader in Outdoor Adventures

For 40+ years NOC has led the outdoor industry, taking more guests whitewater rafting and teaching more paddlers than any other outdoor recreation company. NOC also provides top-quality aerial and trail-based adventures and provides unmatched retail service, foodservice, lodging, and trip planning services.

NOC's main campus is located in beautiful western North Carolina and situated in the Nantahala Gorge. NOC is surrounded by endless miles of hiking and biking trails and some of the best whitewater the southeast offers. NOC also has outpost locations on the following rivers: French Broad, Pigeon, Ocoee and Chattooga.

About Nantahala Outdoor Center

More than just a paycheck, NOC offers exciting jobs and an unforgettable experience. It’s sharing the great outdoors. It’s promoting healthy, active living. It’s making lifelong friends. It’s helping people enjoy the best day they’ll have all year. From guiding a raft through exciting whitewater rapids to serving a hot pizza to a table of hungry hikers, NOC employees make connections, learn new skills and gain experience every day. People of all ages from all around the world come to work at NOC. Everyone brings a new story, a diverse skill set and a fresh perspective to the workplace.

The Employee Experience

Imagine starting a week with nervous students who have never paddled a kayak and watching them confidently run Nantahala Falls a few days later. Or imagine dazzling a camp full of skeptical kids with the beauty of a pristine river gorge. Or imagine the rush of an epic zip line. The exuberant reactions of fired-up guests enjoying the outdoors make every day gratifying and successful for NOC guides.

For many NOC employees, the fun keeps going after-hours. Working at NOC means that you’ll meet other adventure lovers eager to get out and explore the outdoors. And NOC staff housing provides a great place to meet and socialize with your colleagues. Expect games, casual sports, cookouts, music and even themed events to occupy your leisure hours in staff housing.

Ideal Candidate

Nantahala Outdoor Center has many opportunities for anyone looking for that perfect summer job or an exciting career in the outdoor industry. We hire college students, individuals looking for a change of scenery, teachers, retirees and everything in between. If you are energetic, positive, hard-working and have a passion for active outdoor recreation NOC is for you.

Room and Board

NOC offers a company-subsidized meal plan and housing during our summer season, resulting in a greatly reduced cost of living. Housing units are camp-like cabins. You can expect to have a roommate, and pets are not allowed.

Employee Perks

Please visit the link below for a full list of our employee perks and benefits.

For Fun

We like to hire individuals that love the outdoors as much as we do. If you love the outdoors you will be in like company at NOC. If you choose to apply prepare yourself for a summer of rafting with your friends or learning how to kayak. Spend your day off chasing waterfalls and swimming in lakes nearby. Learn from some of our talented photographers or participate in staff events. Take out a mountain bike at Tsali Recreation Area or get lost trail running on Flint Ridge, located on our property. A summer at NOC is filled with adventure and unforgettable friendships and experiences. 

How to Apply

Most seasonal hiring occurs between February and May. Applications are accepted year round. 

Please visit our careers page to apply!

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