Summer Staff Application

Broadreach hires educators, scuba instructors, marine biologists, sailing captains, veterinarians and more for each summer season. Read more about our hiring process and complete our initial employment application.

Broadreach Summer Staff Initial Application 

Application and Hiring Process

Our application and hiring process is designed to help us identify the very best trip leaders and instructors for our programs. All Broadreach programs are led by at least two instructors who work together as co-leaders, leaning on each other’s strengths. On our Caribbean voyages, for example, one of the instructors will be more experienced in scuba diving while another has more sailing expertise. All instructors support each other and the students in their care, bringing vast leadership skills and knowledge to their respective programs.

Our instructor return rate is around 50% each year, which makes our positions highly competitive. The hiring season for our summer positions generally runs from December to May and applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Because we fill positions on a rolling basis, we recommend that interested instructors apply as early as possible. The chances of receiving a placement are greatly increased if you have open availability from late May to early August without additional obligations.

If you wish to apply for a Broadreach instructor position, please use the “Apply Now” button to submit your application. If you meet the necessary requirements for a summer instructor position and we have an appropriate opening, we will follow up to request your resume and certifications for further review and next steps.

We select the strongest candidates for video interviews with our hiring coordinator – interviews typically last about an hour. If selected for an interview, we will likely ask you to also do a 30-minute phone call with one of our program coordinators.

We do our best to notify applicants of our decision within three weeks of the final interview, though we may not be able to guarantee program assignments until as late as April as we work to create the best instructor teams possible.


Training and Program Assignments

All instructors are required to attend our pre-program staff training that takes place late May to early June in North Carolina. Training covers topics such as group dynamics and facilitation, risk management, leadership training, academics, community development and what it means to be a Broadreach instructor. It is also an opportunity for everyone to acquaint themselves with their co-leaders, Broadreach veteran instructors, and meet our entire HQ team. Instructors who receive a Caribbean placement will likely start training the first week of June in St. Martin.

From training in North Carolina, instructors either go directly to program (depending on the program start date), have the opportunity to travel personally in the program location or return home for a short time before program. Employment contracts vary from three to 12 weeks in duration depending upon program locations and logistics. Instructors may lead one to three sessions of a program over the course of the summer. We make every effort to provide instructors with the length of employment desired, however, flexibility with trip assignments and dates due to various program offerings and requirements is also expected.

Applicants have the opportunity to request specific programs during the interview process and we do our best to place instructors on the trips they are most excited to lead. Please understand that as we organize our instructor teams, we take all factors into consideration including previous experience, language proficiency, medical training and availability.

Beyond training and leading trips, some instructors may have the opportunity to scout or debrief a program. For scouting, instructors head to their program location a few days in advance of the program start date to confirm reservations, set up cell phones and other technology, meet local outfitters and complete other pre-trip preparation duties. Instructors who debrief return to our HQ office in Raleigh, N.C. post program to turn in program materials, gear and paperwork. Debrief normally lasts three to five days. Instructors who work in the Caribbean will debrief at our Caribbean base in St. Martin for two to three days.


Compensation, Expenses and Benefits

Compensation is calculated based on the position, previous experience and qualifications, length of contract, extent of responsibilities and additional certifications. Our compensation is competitive within the outdoor and experiential education industry.

For instructors leading Caribbean-based Broadreach programs: Instructors working in the Caribbean attend training in the Caribbean before programs begin and receive a stipend toward their flight costs to St. Martin.

For instructors leading non-Caribbean Broadreach programs: Compensation includes room and board along with round-trip transportation to Raleigh, N.C. for training from within the United States. A travel stipend is provided to instructors coming from outside the U.S. Round-trip travel to your program locations after training from within the U.S. is included, as well as travel to Raleigh, N.C. for post-program debrief, if applicable.

All meals and accommodations are covered by Broadreach throughout training and during programs. Instructors who scout or debrief will also receive accommodation and meal stipends.

Beyond having the opportunity to mentor students and lead highly organized programs in amazing places, Broadreach instructors receive access to leading outdoor industry discounts through our network of Pro Deals. Our instructors – for both new and veteran professionals in the experiential and outdoor education field – view our comprehensive training program as a valuable part of their professional development. Additionally, Broadreach offers a discounted Wilderness First Responder course for instructors as well as a comprehensive international travel insurance policy aligned with your time spent on the program.


Instructor Expectations

Instructors must expect long hours with limited time off and should be comfortable sharing rooms with other staff during training and while on program. A workday for a Broadreach instructor is rarely typical. While leading trips in the field, instructors are often up early in the morning before their students and are often still working until late at night. Broadreach instructors are always on call while in the field with students.


Beyond the Summer

Instructors who do an excellent job in the field during the summer will be the first to be considered for winter and spring programs and other opportunities at Broadreach. If we are hiring for a short-term trip leader opportunity outside of our existing instructor network, we will post the job with dates under our summer or seasonal employment section.