Job Description

Instructors work under the direct supervision of Course Directors and are responsible for facilitating and coaching the mission of Outward Bound while managing risk appropriately on courses. An Instructor, along with their co-instructor, intentionally design courses, build rapport with students, facilitate hard conversations, and empower students in interpersonal and outdoor skills. Instructors bear the responsibility of course quality and safety on course and are the final decision makers on course when working with Assistant Instructors. Instructors have a deep understanding of serving students on wilderness expeditions and the ability to empower their co-worker through coaching, mentorship, and role modeling. We are seeking committed staff to attend May trainings and work courses from June – August/September.


Training: Able to attend, fully participate, and complete 10+ days of tuition free educational, student management, interpersonal, and technical training beginning early May.

Safety: Ability to appropriately manage physical and emotional safety on course, able to manage student group in hazardous terrain (i.e. rough water or uneven terrain), and manage emergencies. Able to use effective communication in times of crisis including SAT phone use in the event of an emergency.  Coach new staff in anticipating, preventing, evaluating, and caring for emergencies. Role model and promote a culture of safety during work and while staying on basecamp.

Course Delivery: Oversee course planning, including development of educational and outdoor skill curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization and packing. Ability to effectively assess students needs and facilitate lessons, activities, discussions to meet student needs and course outcomes.

Educational Knowledge and Skill: Effectively coach new staff how to plan and deliver engaging experiential based lessons to achieve desired outcomes. Design and deliver student-centered courses and deliver the mission of NWOBS by facilitating character development, leadership, and an ethic of service to others and the environment.

Interpersonal Knowledge and Skill: Able to work effectively with students 12 - 18+ years in age, students who have never camped before, and students from marginalized communities. Able to work with staff that have different styles and experiences. Able to take initiative and carry out tasks individually and work cooperatively as a team. Provide clear, effective, and timely communication to Students, Assistant Instructors, Course Directors, Logistics Coordinators, and Administration.

Outdoor Knowledge and Skill: Able to skillfully manage students in course activities and hazards. Experience managing students in 2 or more course activities including; rock climbing, backpacking, challenge course, mountaineering, white water rafting, sea kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. Please view technical skill requirements for Instructor position during application process.

Who you are

  • Must be 21 years of age or older

  • Possess a current Wilderness First Responder Certification or willing to obtain one before date of training.

  • 3 – 4 years of extensive and comparable outdoor/experiential experiences in risk management, educational, and outdoor skill

  • Experience working with students from broad range of identities, particularly students with marginalized identities, and facilitate a positive group environment on course, on base, and in any other NWOBS context.

  • Ability to have open, honest, and difficult conversations, including the ability to give and receive feedback.

  • Experience working in a team setting with one or more colleagues.

  • Awareness of personal biases and the impact that your behavior may have on those around you, or the willingness to uncover and grapple with personal biases.

  • Ability to facilitate activities, lessons, and discussions, including presenting engaging lessons that meet learners' needs and reflect their experience beyond their course.

  • A demonstrated commitment to engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts (either within a professional or personal setting).

  • Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all duties as assigned and maintain ample energy and focus to aid students and staff.

  • Excellent organization, assessment of self, professionalism, and decision making skills.

  • Strong personal motivation, initiative, humility, commitment, follow through, and passion for NWOBS mission.

  • View guide for Minimum Skills Standards for NWOBS.

To Apply

Apply Here.

Application Closing Date: 
December 15th
Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Salary Range: 
Job Experience: 
3 - 5 years

Job Details

Job Details: 
Experiential Education

Other Jobs From This Company

Displaying 1 - 3 of 3
Title Type Region Starting Date
Assistant Instructor Seasonal US May 2019 (Training), Peak Season June - August 2019
Logistics Coordinator Seasonal Pacific Northwest US Training May 2019 for WA Program and April 2019 for OR Program, Peak Season June - August 2019
Intern Seasonal Pacific Northwest US May 7th, 2019

Other Trainings From This Company

There are no other current Trainings from this Company.

Search for more Trainings