Careers at NCWF

Working to save North Carolina’s wildlife and outdoor spaces is not for everyone. It takes passion, perseverance, strategy, and most importantly, teamwork. North Carolina Wildlife Federation brings together citizens, outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and anglers, government, and industry to protect North Carolina’s natural resources. Our work happens in the field, through conservation policy, educational engagement and outreach, youth outings, with 1,500 volunteers, in collaboration with other conservation groups, through the courts if needed, and in many other ways. From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, NCWF is made of people who value wildlife and wild places and the many ways to enjoy them.

NCWF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building a conservation community that represents and includes all. By doing so, everyone feels welcome and valued as an essential partner in protecting and advocating for habitat and wildlife. Just as ecosystems thrive from diversity, so does NCWF and the cause.


We don’t have anything available right now, but check back regularly to explore open internships.

Field Trip Leaders for Great Outdoors University

Great Outdoors University of Greater Charlotte (GOU) is a conservation-based experiential education program created by the National Wildlife Federation & North Carolina Wildlife Federation designed to bring life-changing experiences to kids 6-18 years who have limited opportunity to explore the natural world. Great Outdoors University works with partner organizations who serve these kids and their families providing day trips to preserves, parks, farms and other destinations within an hour’s drive of the Greater Charlotte region. If you love the outdoors and working with kids then Great Outdoors University is the perfect program to get involved with – read on to learn how!


  • Punctual and prepared for each assigned GOU trip and/or event;
  • Notify Program Manager (by phone) as soon as possible if you can’t fulfill obligations for an assigned trip;
  • Lead courses and activities as outlined on detailed trip schedule and as discussed with Program Manager and/or Field Trip Coordinator;
  • Abide by and exemplify GOU’s four “rules” and behavior as outlined in GOU Adult Code of Conduct;
  • Work in cooperation with other FTLs and partner organization staff and adults on assigned trips;
  • Provide all required and requested information and forms to GOU staff promptly and completely.


  • To apply for a Field Trip Leader position you must have the following qualifications:
  • Personal passion for experiencing the outdoors and sharing that passion with others;
  • General knowledge of North Carolina’s natural resources, flora and fauna; expertise in related topic or activity is desirable:
  • Commitment to Great Outdoors University’s mission: to connect kids with nature by providing life-changing experiences to kids 6-18 who have limited opportunity to explore the natural world
  • Teaching and/or leadership experience – not necessarily in a classroom setting;
  • Communication skills – ability and willingness to communicate effectively with students, adults, co-workers, and the public of various socio-economic levels;
  • Should be kind, dependable, responsible, honest, flexible, mature;
  • Valid driver’s license, email access, working cell phone required;
  • CPR / First Aid certification will be required;
  • Criminal background check will be required;
  • Signed NCWF Great Outdoors University Hold Harmless and Release and Code of Conduct forms (Forms to be provided upon approval of application).


  • Private contract position with competitive pay Opportunity to:
  • Empower kids with a chance to discover and experience the many joys, wonders and benefits of nature
  • Educate and develop an appreciation through Great Outdoors University experiences about the importance of conservation
  • Inspire curiosity about the natural world that fosters an appreciation for continued learning
  • Create a positive environment where kids can make discoveries, be creative, learn new skills, and build their self-confidence
  • Encourage kids to embrace personal responsibility, teamwork, and to master problem solving abilities through learning hands-on outdoor skills and mentoring with strong role models
  • Impart science and math knowledge in a fresh and fun way through experiencing various outdoor activities
  • Promote physical fitness and mental well-being
  • Develop and lead trips based on one’s expertise and interests
  • Develop one’s teaching, communication and field skills
  • Develop leadership and management skills

To apply

Download and Submit Application, Cover Letter and Resume to Mary Bures [email protected], Director, Great Outdoors University.

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