Our field staff come from all walks of life with a vast array of backgrounds, talents and experiences, and they are united by a sincere interest in growth and development of others on a personal, group and larger societal level.
Outward Bound field staff are trained to identify, assess and approach risk as a learning tool to be managed, but not eliminated, with the goal of providing Outward Bound students with the opportunity to gain insights and perspectives—unavailable anywhere else—for their and their group’s capabilities.
Instruction, Facilitation, Character We need educators who are compassionate and articulate and who can convert the Outward Bound experience into a life lesson. Previous experience in facilitating group dynamics is desired, especially experience working with adolescents. Communication skills including active listening, giving and receiving feedback and clearly conveying expectations are important skills for instructors. Passion, confidence and humor are vital to the success of our staff.
Outdoor Technical Skills Outward Bound delivers programming through a variety of unique technical skills and diverse course areas. Technical skill areas include: sea kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering. Competence in one or more of these areas is required for an instructor position. A general comfort in the outdoors and remote areas is also required for all wilderness instructor positions. Most importantly we are looking to build on a basic foundation in outdoor judgment: the ability to make safe decisions under challenging circumstances.
Leadership We are seeking educators with leadership experience at other outdoor organizations or in public service. Qualities we are in search of include: character, empathy, commitment, and charisma.
Physical and Emotional Stamina Applicants must be sufficiently fit to participate in all the course activities for a given charter and maintain energy, strength and focus to assist students with physical and emotional obstacles.
21 years or older
Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and adult CPR