Field Intern (Ely/Twin Cities)

Job Description

Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) is a charter of Outward Bound USA, the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education for youth and adults. VOBS reaches over 2,000 students annually and has been serving its mission-changing lives through challenge and discovery-for over 50 years. At VOBS we provide experiences that challenge an individual’s own perceptions of what is possible, offering everything from multi-week expeditions to single day programs.

We have consistently offered Veteran expeditions, courses for youth and young adults, as well as adults and families. Currently we operate programs at our basecamp in Ely, MN (Homeplace), Twin Cities Center in St. Paul, MN, and near Big Bend National Park in Texas. At VOBS we put a high priority on developing our staff and running a strong organization and we’re proud to have recently been named one of the 100 best places to work by Outside magazine.

Field Intern positions are available at both our Ely and Twin Cities locations. Interns have the unique opportunity work within many aspects of the organization from logistics and administration to field support and educational delivery. Interns perform a multitude of instructional and support duties to gain a comprehensive appreciation for the instructor position and program management. No day is the same at VOBS, yet everyday is about supporting discovery through challenge and adventure.


Participate in orientation and expedition field training
Participate as an instructional team shadow on at least one expedition course (4+days) and at least one section of an Insight course (1+ day)
Complete all internship & new staff training modules
Program Support: Student Experience
Assists Instructor team and Course Director (CD) to design and implement experiential outdoor education programs that help students realize Outward Bound’s educational goals of developing character, leadership skills, and service ethic.
Assists CD and Instructors on various single-day programs and expeditions including canoeing, backpacking, teambuilding, rock climbing, and high ropes course sites
Program Support: Logistics
Collaborates with CD and Instructional team to support course needs, including expedition planning, course starts and graduations, student transportation, and expedition resupplies
Assists Logistics Coordinator with equipment maintenance and repairs, laundry, cleaning, inventory, daily organization, regular vehicle fleet maintenance
Assists with medical/behavioral field evacuations and emergencies as determined by supervisors
Operates passenger vehicles and canoe and equipment trailers
Other duties as assigned


Stipend of $150/week (Ely) and $200/week (Twin Cities).
Skills you will learn through this training program include, but are not limited to: whitewater and flatwater paddling, rock climbing, top rope anchor building, campcraft, navigation, group dynamic and student management skills, conflict resolution skills, and expeditionary leadership and decision-making skills.
Room and board (Ely) and Housing (Twin Cities).
Eligible for ProDeal (professional discounts from a variety of outdoor companies).
Accident insurance available.

Applications should be submitted online
Hiring happens on a rolling basis beginning in December and positions remain open until filled.
Ely has three sessions of intern training programs each summer. Approximate dates (they may change 1 or 2 days) for 2019 are:
May 14 - July 16
June 5 - August 7
July 26 - August 27

Twin Cities is offering spring internship (Starting April 1st) and summer internship opportunities (Starts May 20th).
During busy seasons, some interns may be given the option to extend.

To Apply

Submit resume and cover letter at
Hiring begins on a rolling basis in December.

Application Closing Date: 
Not Specified
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Job Degree Level: 
High school

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