The Colorado Outward Bound School is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience. For over 50 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.
The COBS Assistant Instructor (AI) position is an entry level instructional role based in either the Southwest Program (SWP) of Utah or the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) of Colorado. This is a seasonal position starting in the summer and typically ending in August. There is a pre-employment training before the season begins.
The Assistant Instructor works under the direct supervision of the Lead Instructor or Course Director and is responsible for supervising, teaching and facilitating students in the field throughout the duration of our primarily wilderness-based courses. Assistant Instructors also support pre and post course needs through planning, packing and structuring the course, course debrief paperwork, safety analysis and gear cleaning.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Deliver the Outward Bound mission and Education Framework while teaching course components. Utilizing the instructor role to educate students about character development, leadership, and service
- Fully participates in course planning; including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization/packing
- Supports the other instructors and Course Director in all aspects of course safety; identifying, assessing and managing environmental and social risk
- Demonstrates the ability to behave as a role model for students, able to manage a range of student behaviors in a positive manner
- May be required to manage a student group and all emergencies in co-instructor’s absence
- Able to locate and use communication systems in the event of an emergency
- Follow warehouse and basecamp systems to ensure a high functioning basecamp and program. Packing, cleaning, repairing, and inventorying of gear and food
- Participate in the emergency on-call system by supporting evacuations and responding to field emergencies when needed
- Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook
- Provide clear, effective and timely communication with an Instructor, Course Director, Supervisor, or other staff. Committed to openly sharing and receiving feedback from staff
Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
- Please see https://www.cobs.org/connect/employment/field/assistant-instructors/ for more information on what instructors need.
- Medical Certification: First Aid & CPR at minimum, but higher level of certification needed for backcountry courses
- Demonstrates group presentation skills
- Exhibits sound and accurate judgement
- Uses equipment and materials properly
- Reports potentially unsafe conditions
- Demonstrates the ability to behave as a role model for students and is able to manage a range of student behaviors in a positive manner
- Ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people
- Experience working with youth
- Ability to demonstrate emotional regulation and balanced decision-making in stressful situations
- High level of professionalism with strong leadership attributes both in work and community environments
- Flexible, adaptable and open to change
- Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow through and commitment
- Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a positive team member
- Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback
- Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously
- Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all site and course activities and maintain ample energy, strength and focus to aid students and instructors
- On feet most days – sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency
- Constantly works in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather
- Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height
- Occasionally must carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
- Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to backpacking, rafting, and/or rock climbing
Benefits and Perks
- Starting wage $75 per day
- Optional Accident Policy available
- Eligible for Professional Deals
- 56 hours sick /year
- Onsite housing option. Meals included while working courses.
- Click "Apply for this Position" below.
- Upload your resume, technical experience log (alternate link), and answer the application instructions
- Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate
- Applications accepted on a rolling basis
Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, LGBTQ+ identity, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.