Outward Bound’s logistics crew are some of the most critical members of our team, supporting the staff and student experience by keeping us organized and well-resourced.
Our logistics staff bring unique lived experiences, skills, and talents and are united by a sincere commitment to changing lives through challenge and discovery. Our students – and our staff – come to Outward Bound with a learning mindset and along the way, discover a compassionate community, strengths they never knew they had, and tools to face new challenges with confidence. This is rewarding work.
Behind the scenes at any Outward Bound location there is a team of people dedicated to orchestrating all of the logistical and support it takes to achieve an effective course. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes in to setting up, executing, and breaking down each and every one of our courses – no matter the length, course area, or elements of the course. Outward Bound’s logistics staff are the backbone of our field work, ensuring courses and expeditions are resourced with the right gear, food, transportation plans, and more.
At Outward Bound, our classrooms are truly unique. Whether you’re working with students onsite at their school, at a local park or open space, or on a backcountry expedition, the environment plays an important role. And different Outward Bound schools use different classrooms.
From the Dolly Sods in West Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay to the Colorado Rockies and the Central Cascades of Oregon, Outward Bound’s expeditions take students through some of the most iconic landscapes in the U.S. Click here for a full map. And backcountry travel requires unique and expansive logistical support.
Logisticians also set our community-based courses up for success. Through our schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco/Bay Area, Portland, and the Twin Cities, Outward Bound strengthens and empowers communities to affect positive change with customized local programming. Working with schools and community organizations, Outward Bound helps individuals in these communities realize their true potential, oftentimes despite many competing factors in the students' lives. Field staff who work in these schools must have a strong will and desire to deliver our mission to those who could benefit most from it.
We are seeking logisticians with experience at other outdoor organizations or in public service, or equivalent experience. Qualities we look for include integrity, empathy, and commitment. Individuals interested in employment are most likely to be successful if they demonstrate multi-cultural competence and sensitivity and the ability to recognize when issues of equity need to be addressed.
We strive to create a culture in which all staff and students feel a sense of belonging and find the support they need to accomplish their goals. And we work to build compassion within crews so that they acknowledge the dignity and worth of each person, celebrate their strengths and contributions, and support them through growth and challenge.