Youth Program Facilitator/Field Instructor

Job Description

Work with us to make a difference if.... believe that kids learn best when they have the chance to experience, touch and feel with their own two hands. believe that that character, and how to be a good person, are the most important things we can teach our kids to lead meaningful lives.

....diverse community is extremely important to you. You cherish opportunities to learn from those around you, and seek out the chance to live and work with people who inspire you.

....the idea of living and working on an island, and watching the sun set over the Boston skyline every night sounds awesome to you.

If you agreed with all of the statements above, look no further, Thompson Island Outward Bound is right for you!


Established in 1988, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is an independent Massachusetts not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility, and academic achievement. We serve over 6,500 early adolescents annually from all economic and social communities of greater metropolitan Boston, and the institutions and adults who support them.

In partnership with Boston Public Schools and the National Park Service, our programs utilize the natural resources of Thompson Island to ignite a love of learning, inspire curiosity, and build teamwork in students of all ages. From hands-on field experiences for urban youth to summer wilderness expeditions and professional team building programs, we change lives through challenge and discovery.


POSITION: Youth Program Facilitator

START DATE: April 6, 2017

DURATION: Full Time, 7 Months, Seasonal Exemption

Youth Program Facilitators are responsible for the delivery and overall safety of programs that occur during the school-year (spring and fall seasons) on Thompson Island. Working with students in small groups of 8-12, Facilitators are responsible for structuring a safe, inclusive and fun learning environment for all participants in the Connections and Discovery Programs. Through the use of games and initiatives, high and low challenge course elements, hands-on-science lessons, and group processing and reflection, facilitators promote teamwork, character-development, perseverance and effective communication for youth from a wide range of backgrounds, and of varying ages. Current Basic First Aid and CPR required, Wilderness First Aid and CPR encouraged.

Connections Programs serve middle schools in the Boston Public School district. The program seeks to narrow the achievement gap for urban students in Boston Schools by providing hands-on science education and character-building experiences. Designed to inspire an interest in science and promote the development of social emotional skills, Connections courses run on Thompson Island for one to three days, including up to two overnights.  The majority of these programs utilize established STEM curriculum based on the Massachusetts State Science Standards, delivered in nature.

 Discovery Programs serve a diverse range of ages and populations, from Boston-area youth to University age students on courses lasting in length from 1-3 days. Discovery programs are custom-designed, utilizing the low and high ropes challenge course elements to provide tailored, adventure-based experiences for young people. 

TO APPLY: Apply using our online application linked HERE:

We hope to see an application from you soon! Please direct all questions to [email protected].

Job Availability: 

Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

To Apply

TO APPLY: Apply using our online application linked HERE:

Application Closing Date: 
Positions filled on a rolling basis
Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Boston, MA
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Starting Date: 
April 6, 2017

Job Details

Job Details: 
Adventure Course
Environmental Education Program/Center
Experiential Education
Group Facilitation & Processing
Nature Center
Outdoor Education Center

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