We’re Hiring!


Project U.S.E. is currently hiring Adventure Education Instructors for the 2020 season at our Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center.

Who We Are

Project U.S.E. is a private, nonprofit education organization with a focus on developing character, building community, enhancing traditional school curriculum, and connecting with the natural world. Founded in 1970, we work with almost 3,000 young people and adults annually from all over New Jersey and the northeast. We provide experiential education programs to public and private schools, state and municipal agencies, community groups and corporations.

The Wildcat Program provides single- and multi-day adventure-based wilderness programs, with an emphasis on character development. Activities include rock climbs, low & high ropes courses, canoeing, backcountry camping, and expedition travel on courses. The Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center, located in northern New Jersey, is a 50,000 acre wilderness area. Programs take place mostly in New Jersey, but longer trips travel to New England, West Virginia and other locations.

The Opportunity

  • Delivering adventure-based programs to Project U.S.E. clients. As part of the Wildcat Instructor team, you are responsible for:
  • Leading groups of 10-15 participants (Middle School, High School, College or Adult Group)
  • Instructing activities and exercises that emphasize: leadership, teamwork, positive communication, trust, community, environmental education and conflict resolution
  • Encouraging groups to connect with the natural world

Instructing at Wildcat is never boring- each group brings a different perspective and challenge to the day!

What you’ll do

In your role, you will lead a mix of 1-day and multi-day courses with our groups. Courses may include the following:

  • Teambuilding Activities
  • Trust Exercises
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Back-Country Camping
  • Low & High Ropes Course Elements
  • Rock Climbing

When you’re not on programs you may be: prepping food & gear for other programs, doing logistics work, light trail maintenance around base camp or researching new program activities or locations.

Who You Are & What You Bring

You are a person who is passionate about education and making a difference in the lives of young people. You are motivated, mature, and possess outstanding judgment and decision-making skills. You believe in our mission and are excited to impact the future generation in a positive way.


  • Over 18 years old
  • Passionate about teaching or working with young people
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all types of weather
  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups
  • Clean Driver’s License

Nice to Have…(preferred but not required!)

  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or Basic First Aid & CPR certification
  • Lifeguard certification
  • Experience with Outdoor Activities including: rock-climbing, belaying, canoeing, camping & backpacking

What’s in it for you

Wildcat Programs are a great way for you to gain experience teaching or working with young people in a non-traditional environment. Our program emphasizes teamwork, team bonding and leadership, skills that will be useful to have in many other positions. It’s also a chance to work in the great outdoors and share your passion for the natural world. For many Instructors, this job has been an introduction to other positions in the outdoor adventure field, classroom teaching, social work and other non-profit positions. Communal housing at our Staff House and use of gear/equipment.


This position is full-time, seasonal from mid-May until early November. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation days and sick days after 90 days. Housing is free at our Staff House near Wildcat.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $450.00 to $550.00 /week

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Tracy Semar at tsemar@projectuse.org.