Bay Area Assistant Instructor

Job Description

The Assistant Instructor (AI) position is a seasonal entry-level instructional position, providing familiarity with Outward Bound procedures, policies, and the local course area. The Assistant Instructor works under the direct supervision of the Instructor and/or Course Director and is responsible for supervising, teaching and facilitating students in the field throughout the course. Assistant Instructors in our San Francisco Bay Area program deliver a variety of engaging programs, ranging from 1-5 days. These programs and expeditions focus on leadership, service, and character development and take students into new and challenging outdoor environments


Outward Bound California is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. We use the inherent challenge of the wilderness and urban outdoor spaces to teach people of all ages to be compassionate leaders, serve their communities, and build character to ultimately reveal the full potential within all of us. With a 50 year history in the US, we provide extended, expeditionary style rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, urban, and service courses, serving ages 12 and up, including adult and veteran programs. As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarships to go on a course with us in the High Sierra, Joshua Tree and in the Bay Area.


  • You have Interpersonal and Educational Skills:
  • Experience working with youth ages 11-18 in an educational context
  • Prior teambuilding, facilitation and debrief experience preferred
  • Effective communication skills with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Can demonstrate cultural competency, role model inclusive behavior and facilitate a positive group culture
  • Passionate about and dedicated to experiential education for youth from urban areas and under-resourced communities
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback
  • Able to effectively build rapport with both students and co-workers

You have Outdoor Skills

  • Are comfortable camping in the outdoors, and backpacking enabling the focus and attention to remain on students rather than personal needs
  • Baseline understanding of map and compass navigation
  • Familiarity with belaying, rappelling and rock climbing techniques with the ability to verbalize concerns and boundaries of a safe zone preferred
  • Experience with overnight trip experiences, including extended expeditionary travel, is strongly suggested

You also

  • Are 21 years or older
  • Will Pass a criminal background check and undergo Live Scan fingerprinting
  • Possess negative Tuberculosis test results from within the past three years
  • Hold or will obtain a current California Food Handler certification
  • You have or are willing to obtain a valid certifications in WFA (Wilderness First Aid) or WFR (Wilderness First Responder), CPR and CA Epinephrine certifications before start date. WFR required for promotion to Instructor.
  • Must maintain ample energy and focus to aid students and instructors
  • Able to lift and transport 20-50 lbs of gear several times a day
  • Able to be on feet most days – sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency


  • Have field experience in outdoor education programs, Outward Bound experience preferred
  • Possess current driver license, three years of driving experience, and ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Record check
  • Have Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese language skills


  • Participate in New Instructor Training
  • Co-lead and facilitate the following activities: Team building initiatives, service learning, rock climbing, urban expeditions, backpacking expeditions and basecamping programs
  • Assist in the design and facilitation of programs in line with Outward Bound mission and educational framework Develop and deliver engaging curriculum appropriate for grade levels 6-12
  • Clearly establish limits and boundaries for student behavior and independence
  • Execute successful course planning, including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization/packing
  • Manage a student group in emergencies and adhere to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the staff manual (Training provided)
  • Provide clear, effective and timely communication with the Instructor, Course Director and other staff


  • Competitive salary consistent with like-minded experiential education youth-development organizations: Starting wage is $86/day with additional $20/day cost of living adjustment pay for Bay Area residents ,with opportunity to advance in the pay scale after one season
  • Subsidized staff housing available, including food staples
  • Eligible for Pro Deal program, an opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at a discounted price
  • Eligible to apply for funds for professional development (e.g., reimbursement of WFR recertification costs)
  • Opportunity to enroll in supplemental insurance for coverage in case of accident or injury
  • Highly energetic and supportive work environment in a mission-driven organization
  • Paid training beginning January 30th, 2018


Job Availability: 

Application closes November 5th, 2017

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