Job Description

Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) seeks well-rounded outdoor educators to facilitate value-forming experiences by promoting teamwork and leadership in challenging outdoor/wilderness environments. Instructors manage students ages 12 to adult in courses ranging from 5 to 60 days in the following activities: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, and canoeing.

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 designs courses, builds rapport with students, facilitates hard conversations, and empower students in interpersonal and outdoor skills. 

Work Dates

We are seeking committed staff to attend May trainings and work courses from June to August/September.


We have two basecamps: 1. Odin Falls (Redmond, Oregon) - rock climbing, whitewater rafting, backpacking, and mountaineering. 2. Mazama (Mazama, Washington) - canoeing, rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, and sea kayaking. You may indicate a preference for working at either basecamp.

Hiring Dates

Applications open November 1st. Interviews begin in December. Work offers announced January-February. Training begins in early May.


  • Meet our minimum technical standards in at least 2 of the following: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, and/or canoeing.
  • One or more years of extensive and comparable outdoor/experiential experiences in risk management, technical, educational, and outdoor skills.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification current or able to acquire prior to beginning work
  • 21 years or older
  • Background clearance
  • Successful completion of training (tuition-free, 15 to 30 days in length)

* See job description for complete responsibilities and requirements.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting daily rate $75 and ability to advance in pay scale after 50 days of work and further after training and promotions.
  • Staff development through trainings, staff expeditions, sponsored external trainings, and mentorship.
  • Room & board: laundry, showers and internet are available for your use on base. Staff receive field food while on course, and are fed out of the common kitchen while on base. While not working, staff can receive food and housing in exchange for completing one hour of work/trade per day. There is a cook present for the summer months who prepares lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast food is provided and is self-served.
  • Professional equipment (Pro deal) discounts.

About Northwest Outward Bound School

With over 50 years of innovation in experiential and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) continues to change lives through challenge and discovery. Our transformative and educational wilderness courses are set in some of the most dramatic and stunning parts of the United States. NWOBS was founded in 1965 and facilitates wilderness-based programs in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and also serves urban youth and schools in the Portland metropolitan area. As an Outward Bound school, we are committed to the core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, equity, inclusion and diversity, and strive to achieve the following outcomes: building character, developing leadership skills, and creating an ethic of social and environmental responsibility.

To Apply

Apply here. Instructor positions are open until filled. NWOBS encourages qualified applicants to apply as soon as possible.

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Job Location: 
Redmond, Oregon or Mazama, Washington (USA)
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Starting Date: 
early May

Job Details

Job Details: 
Experiential Education
Outdoor Skills School
Seasonal Program

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