The Southern California Instructor (I) carries out the mission of Outward Bound with students in the field. Instructors work on a seasonal basis under the direct supervision of Lead Instructors and Course Directors. They supervise, teach, and facilitate meaningful experiences for students in the field throughout course. Instructors in our Southern California program deliver a variety of engaging programs in Joshua Tree National Park and San Bernardino National Forest, ranging from one to thirty days in length. These programs and expeditions focus on leadership, service, and character development, and take students into new and challenging outdoor environments.
Who We Are
Outward Bound California is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. We use the inherent challenge of the wilderness and urban outdoor spaces to teach people of all ages to be compassionate leaders, serve their communities, and build character to ultimately reveal the full potential within all of us.
With a 50 year history in the US, we provide extended, expeditionary style rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, urban, and service courses, serving ages 12 and up, including adult and veteran programs. As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarships to go on a course with us in the High Sierra, Southern California and in the Bay Area.
Who You Are
An Educator with Strong Interpersonal Skills
Experienced working with youth and/or adults, ages 12-30+, in a culturally relevant educational context
Possess cultural humility and responsibility: You work effectively with a wide variety of age groups and populations from diverse backgrounds, role modeling inclusive behavior and building positive group culture
Passionate about and dedicated to experiential education for youth from under-resourced communities in Southern California and beyond
Able to communicate clearly and directly
Comfortable giving and receiving feedback
Able to build rapport easily with students and colleagues
Able to meet different learning-style needs by varying teaching techniques
Have prior experience in team building, facilitation, and debriefing in a group setting
Have prior field experience in outdoor education programs
Skilled in the Outdoors
Comfortable in outdoor settings with camping and backpacking skills in desert and mountain environments, to a level that allows for focus on student experience
Able to navigate with map and compass on- and off-trail through a variety of terrain and environmental conditions
Familiar with belaying, rappelling, and rock climbing techniques
21 years of age or older by the start of your first program.
Willing to authorize a federal background check and Live Scan background check, and provide current negative TB test results upon hire (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
Hold, or are willing to obtain before start date, current Wilderness First Responder, CPR, California Epinephrine Auto-Injector, and California Food Handler certifications
Physical & Mental Requirements
Sufficiently physically fit to participate in all site and course activities, at elevation between 2000-9000’, while maintaining ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and instructors
Able to carry pack weights up to 50 lbs
Can be on feet most days - sometimes for up to 16 hours a day, possibly more in the case of an emergency
Comfortable working outdoors, regardless of weather or season
Able to practice proper self-care and energy management while in the backcountry, or on multi-day trips, for extended periods of time
Able to maintain composure, exercise sound judgment and decision-making, and assess and mitigate risk under extended periods of stress
Bonus if you...
Have personal experience as, or professional experience engaging with immigrants, first-generation US citizens, English Language Learners, or other non-dominant identities represented in the greater Los Angeles Area
1+ years prior field experience in outdoor education programs or similar educational settings
Speak Spanish, or other languages
Hold a current driver's license and have at least three years of driving experience, plus a clean Motor Vehicle Record
Hold an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) certification or equivalent
Participate in New Instructor Training
Lead and facilitate the following activities: team building initiatives, service learning, rock climbing, backpacking expeditions, and basecamping programs
Assist in the design and facilitation of programs in line with the training and mentorship you will receive around Outward Bound’s mission and educational framework
Develop and deliver engaging curriculum appropriate for youth and adults
Clearly establish limits and boundaries for student behavior and independence
Execute successful course planning, including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization/packing
Manage a student group in emergencies and adhere to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the staff manual
Provide clear, effective and timely communication with the Lead Instructor, Course Director, and other staff
Exercise sound judgment and decision-making. Assess and mitigate foreseeable hazards
Benefits, Compensation and Location
Compensation & Schedule
This is a seasonal, exempt position
Starting Per Diem wage is $110/day
Food provided while on contract
Shared housing provided while on contract
Nine days of paid training, beginning December 1st, 2019
Pro Deal, the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates
Professional development funds
Opportunity to enroll in supplemental, subsidized accident/injury insurance coverage
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) access free of charge for staff and immediate family members
Highly energetic and supportive work environment in a mission-driven organization
This position is located at our Joshua Tree program base in Twentynine Palms, CA. Experience quiet desert life in a community-oriented setting, with beautiful sunrises and sunsets and a quick drive away from world-class rock climbing.
Outward Bound California is an equal opportunity employer and works to include diversity among its staff. Outward Bound California values the inclusion and collaboration among employees of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Outward Bound California prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, 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 state or federal law. Outward Bound California also 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.
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