Instructor- Land and/or Sea Program

Job Description

Our Instructors are teachers, climbers, mentors, paddlers, social activists, sea-faring captains, naturalists, community builders and above all, compassionate. They bring passion and intentionality to their outdoor classroom, inspiring the next generation of explorers and adventurers. They share their extensive experience and skills in interpersonal, technical elements, risk management, wilderness and experiential education to create the magic that is Outward Bound. What they do is no less than life-changing for our students and our community. Join our crew and find your place among the wild.

The Assistant Instructor position is an entry-level instructional role, providing familiarity with OB procedures, policies, and the local course area. The Assistant Instructor works under the direct supervision of the Instructor, Lead Instructor and Course Director and is responsible for supervising students, teaching OB curriculum and facilitating all activities throughout the course.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in the delivery of Outward Bound mission, educational framework and required course components. 
  • Participates in course planning, including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization/packing, and more. 
  • Provides clear, effective and timely communication with the Instructor, Course Director and other staff.
  • Manages student group and all emergencies in Instructor’s absence.
  • Locates and uses communication systems in the event of an emergency.
  • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the HIOBS Field Staff Manual.
  • Participates in required staff training. New Staff average 35-days of training in their first year.
  • Consistently strives to give and receive timely, honest feedback with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Commits to own professional growth as well as improving technical and interpersonal skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 21 years of age or older. 
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications.
  • Must be willing to commit to multiple years of work. To blossom as an Instructor requires a commitment of two or more years.
  • Must pass a background screening and be cleared to work with youth.
  • Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all site and course activities and maintain ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and instructors.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and open to change.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Pay is per diem and based upon the HIOBS field staff pay scale ($60-$150 / day)
  • Rustic but comfortable housing is provided; laundry, showers and internet are available on base.
  • Access to seasonal staff benefits (professional development opportunities and funds, pro-deal purchase program, etc.).
  • Meals: staff receive field food while on course and are prepared in a common kitchen while on base. 

To Apply

The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community of staff who are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. In this effort, we strongly encourage people of all genders, races, religions, social perspectives, physical abilities and veterans to apply.

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Newry, Maine or Spruce Head, Maine
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1 - 2 years
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Job Details

Job Details: 
Experiential Education
Outdoor Skills School

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