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Our leaders are vital to the integrity and safety of our program. Their responsibilities are quite diverse; they are instructors, leaders, facilitators, friends, fellow participants, and role models to our students.

Our 2020 Summer Trip Leader Application is LIVE!

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More than the challenging programs and breathtaking scenery, Moondance leaders form the nucleus of what makes this experience such a positive part of the program. Our leaders provide excellent role models, and great care is taken in the selection of our staff.

All leaders are a minimum of 21 years old, with the average age being 25. They are well educated and have completed, or are on their way to completing, their undergraduate degree with many pursuing advanced degrees. They enjoy working with teenagers and have extensive training in wilderness programs and experiential education. Many are graduates of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) or Outward Bound.

Many have full-time careers in secondary education or are full time outdoor educators. Each leader has a minimum training in Wilderness First Aid or as a Wilderness First Responder. Their primary job is to focus on the student experience and risk management. As part of our risk management strategy, our student-to-staff ratio rarely exceeds 7:1.

During our comprehensive 12-day staff training, each leader renews his/her commitment to Moondance’s philosophy and rededicates himself/herself to serving Moondance students. Every Moondance leader is committed to the idea that to lead, we must serve.

Application Windows

  • We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Summer. Though we accept applications on a rolling basis, opportunities are limited after February. We encourage candidates to submit their applications before the following priority deadlines:
  • Friday, Decmeber 20, 2019
  • Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Friday, February 28, 2020


Other Important Dates

  • Reach out to our Staffing Team for our 2019 – 2020 College Visit Schedule – Winter dates coming soon!
  • Our mandatory Staff Training runs from May 22-June 2, 2020 in Asheville, NC.
  • Debrief ends by August 2, 2020 in Nashville, TN.
  • Questions? Contact us at

Featured Leaders

Trip Leader Qualifications

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • College graduate or college student
  • Current WFA + CPR or WFR certification
  • Excellent driving record
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A strong desire to work with teenagers
  • Available for Staff Training (May 22-June 2, 2020) through Debrief (ending August 1, 2020 at the latest)

Why lead for Moondance?

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