Our field staff come from all walks of life with a vast array of backgrounds, talents and experience, and 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 into their own and their group’s capabilities that are unavailable anywhere else.
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. Each school across the country has a specific set of technical skills required. (Visit the individual school sites to see the specific requirements.) Technical skills areas include: sea kayaking, whitewater canoeing and rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, dog sledding , mountaineering, canyoneering, and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. 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.
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
- Each school may have additional requirements, see individual websites for details.
Instructor Positions Available
Outward Bound California
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering
Colorado Outward Bound School
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Mountaineering, Whitewater Rafting, Rock Climbing, Backpacking
Hurricane Island Outward Bound School
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Sailing, Backpacking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing
North Carolina Outward Bound School
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Backpacking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, mountaineering, canoeing
Northwest Outward Bound School
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking, Whitewater Rafting, Canoeing
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking, Challenge Course, Environmental Education
Voyageur Outward Bound School
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, Backpacking, Dog Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Rock Climbing
Baltimore Outward Bound School
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Backpacking, canoeing, high ropes facilitation, rock climbing, sea kayaking, experience with under-served populations
Philadelphia Outward Bound School
Skills in one or more of the following areas needed: Backpacking, canoeing, high ropes facilitation, rock climbing, experience with under-served populations