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The Outdoor Academy is a semester boarding school for 10th and 11th graders located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. With a curriculum that combines Intellect, Craft, Environment, and Community, it is a high school like no other.


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Experiential Education at Its Finest

“Experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character.” 

For over 95 years, the Eagle’s Nest Foundation has been living out that mission statement here in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. For more than 25 of those years, OA has been a critical part of the Foundation’s model. Each semester, up to 28 bright young minds travel to our 182-acre campus in Pisgah Forest. Here, they spend 4 months in a close-knit intentional community where creative arts, wilderness adventures, and environmental studies all combine in a dynamic, place-based academic curriculum.

A Community that Learns Together

The Outdoor Academy is more than just a place to work. It’s a family made up of students and faculty who live, learn, explore, and play together. Our 1200+ alumni have returned home as leaders in their own communities, with a better sense of who they are and who they want to be in this world. That leadership and self-confidence gained during an OA semester is facilitated by our incredible faculty.  Whether you’re a seasoned rock climber, have a passion for piano, write in your spare time, or run trail races on your off days, there is a place for you here.

We welcome new faculty who will contribute to our intellectual community, and encourage applicants from diverse religious, racial, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, and political backgrounds to apply.

Reach New Heights Alongside Your Students

Working at The Outdoor Academy is a step forward in your career.  From health benefits to pro deals on gear, working at OA will let you brush up on old hobbies and drive into new outdoor skills. Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans for employees,  spouse, and children with a large percentage contribution by Eagle’s Nest toward medical monthly premiums
  • Life insurance AD&D fully paid by Eagle’s Nest
  • Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Paid Time Off in addition to 12 holidays
  • Camp and OA Tuition benefits for dependent children
  • Sabbatical/parental leave
  • Housing and meals
  • Professional development/training opportunities, as well as professional discounts on outdoor gear

*Benefit eligibility varies by position.

Current Job Openings


There are no current job opportunities at The Outdoor Academy.

Eagle’s Nest Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on or tolerate harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, military status, veteran status or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law.