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Field Staff Positions (located at our Mazama, Washington and Redmond, Oregon Basecamps)
Most roles are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 season. The only position we are still accepting applications for is Basecamp Cook, Mazama. Applications for 2022 will open around November 21, and you can check this page periodically as we do occasionally have earlier openings. For information about our current safety plans and procedures to protect students and staff, please see our COVID-19 Program Practices and FAQ.
Logistics Coordinators are the backbone of our program operations; planning and preparing are their forte while interacting with students effectively during course starts, resupplies, and course ends.
Base Camp Cooks have an integral role by feeding hungry bellies and enhancing the work atmosphere by creating a positive work environment in the kitchen.
Instructors facilitate value-forming experiences by promoting teamwork and leadership through challenges. They are well-rounded outdoor educators with experience in educational, interpersonal, and technical skills. New hires typically start as Assistant Instructor. Instructors who work for Portland Programs have experience in classroom instruction, counseling, and facilitation skills. Instructors who work out of our two wilderness basecamps share many of the same qualities, as well as at least one year of experience managing students on wilderness expeditions.
Internships are unique positions that allow people interested in the outdoor industry to observe, experience, and develop skills relevant to three different roles; logistics, instructing, and administration.
Field Correspondent Interns document course experiences in the field through photography and video. This internship offers the opportunity to help share the NWOBS story utilizing social media and contribute to our visual identity and marketing goals.
General Qualifications & Requirements
(dependent and varied based on position)
Medical Certification (Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid certified, and/or CPR), current or able to acquire prior to beginning work
21 years or older
Successful completion of training (from 5 to 30 days in length)
Meet the requirements listed in job description
Northwest Outward Bound School begins the hiring process for the following season in November. Interviews begin in December.
In January and February applicants are offered work on the contingency of a successful completion of training.
Training begins in late spring and is a time for trainees to enhance their risk management skills, delve into student populations and management, fine-tune outdoor skills, review institutional best practices, and develop facilitation skills.
Trainees will be evaluated on the following skills:
Ability to work as a member of a team
Receive and give feedback
Risk management skills
Design and deliver engaging lessons
Performance of outdoor skills
Upon completion of training, the Staffing Manager at your Base will determine where you best fit for the season. New staff typically receive 35 - 45 days of work between June and August, with the possibility of work in September. Staff are paid a per diem rate, with food and housing provided.
Pathways to Employment
Successful staff come from diverse backgrounds and positions including classroom teachers, guides, counselors, recreational enthusiasts, Outward Bound (OB) alumni, naturalists, and college experiential and adventure education graduates. Many senior staff started their professional outdoor career with Outward Bound by taking an Outdoor Educator Course or stepping into a Logistics Coordinator role. If you do not meet the qualifications for employment as an Assistant Instructor, these are great avenues to consider.
Other Employment Opportunities
Portland Schools Program Positions (Not currently hiring)
While our classic wilderness expeditions and custom group programs operate out of our two basecamps in Redmond, OR and Mazama, WA, our main administrative team, Portland Schools Program, and other group programs operate out of Portland, OR. We work with Portland area schools, clubs and organizations to develop specialized partnerships that can range from single-day courses to years-long initiatives that follow students through several grade levels.
Interested in applying for an administrative position?