Outward Bound Whitewater River Specialist

Why Work For Outward Bound?

Job Description


Founded in 1967, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is a charter member of the leading outdoor education network in the world.  Our wilderness courses, from the mountains of North Carolina to the shores of south Florida to the peaks of South America, deliver our mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.

North Carolina Outward Bound River Specialists support extended wilderness courses in delivering professional whitewater paddling instruction. River Specialists will have experience managing groups on moving water, teaching tandem and solo canoe skills on class I-III Rivers, hold an ACA level 4 certification in tandem and solo whitewater canoeing, and have Swift Water Rescue training.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Lead River Staff in logistical support of river programs.
  • Deliver quality river instructional days to NCOBS staff and students.
  • Help monitor, maintain and repair all river inventory, including river fleet vehicles and trailers.
  • Ensure paddling programs adhere to National and NCOBS risk-management policies and procedures.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds and participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity, including but not limited to: 
  • Sufficiently fit to paddle and manage students in whitewater, including aiding in rescues.   
  • Ability to lift and load a tandem canoe onto a trailer with assistance.
  • Camping in the field for up to 4 nights at a time. (Usually within cell-service) 
  • Irregular work hours as necessary.


  • ACA Level 4 Whitewater Canoe Instructor certification or equivalent.
  • Swift Water Rescue Training.
  • Current CPR and WFR certifications.
  • Personal experience and comfort paddling whitewater at or above Class lll.
  • Ability to work under stressful circumstances. 
  • Cooperative attitude and adaptable.
  • Cleared background screening and ability to drive NCOBS vehicles and trailers.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Per-diem rate based on NCOBS pay matrix. Prior experience awarded with commensurate pay. ($80-$142 /day).
  • Food stipend for the time of contracted work agreement.
  • Access to seasonal staff benefits. (Professional development funds, pro-deal purchasing program, etc.)
  • Housing for applicable staff during the time of contract. Staff who work multiple river-blocks in succession will be considered for this benefit.
  • Opportunity to work for NCOBS with a less committing work schedule. This is a great summer position for qualified candidates who may have other careers.   
  • For internal candidates, you will receive an additional 100 field credit bonus.
  • Access to seasonal staff benefits (professional development funds, pro-deal, etc.).

North Carolina Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable local, state or federal law. NCOBS promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.

To Apply

  • Applicants should apply through our careers website.
  • Complete the online application and be sure to upload your cover letter, resume, and technical whitewater log.
  • For a blank template of a technical whitewater log, please contact: [email protected]
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.
  • The position will remain open until filled.
Application Closing Date: 
Until Filled
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Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Asheville NC
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Starting Date: 
May 2019

Job Details

Job Details: 
Experiential Education
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