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Field Staff Positions (located at our Mazama, Washington and Redmond, Oregon Basecamps)
We are currently hiring staff for the 2022 season, employment for some positions is dependent on attending and completing training in early May. For information about our current safety plans and procedures to protect students and staff, please see our COVID-19 Program Practices and FAQ.
Quick Look at Field Staff & Instructor Positions
Logistics Coordinators are essential to our program operations and are experienced in many areas. These smooth operators split work days between the warehouse at our basecamp and meeting groups at trailheads and campgrounds. Planning and preparing are their forte while they support wilderness courses and interact with students and staff effectively.
Instructors facilitate value-forming experiences by promoting teamwork and leadership through challenges. They are well-rounded outdoor educators with experience in educational, interpersonal, and backcountry travel skills. 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 experience managing youth on wilderness expeditions.
Field Correspondentdocument course experiences in the field through photography and video. This position offers the opportunity to help share the NWOBS story utilizing social media and contribute to our visual identity and marketing goals.
Base Camp Cooks have an integral role to basecamp life by feeding hungry bellies and enhancing the work atmosphere by creating a positive and professional work environment in the kitchen.
General Qualifications & Requirements
(dependent and varied based on position)
Meet the requirements listed in job description
21 years or older
Motor Vehicle Report/Background clearance
Successful completion of training (from 5 to 30 days in length)
Be committed to NWOBS’ core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, inclusion and diversity.
Northwest Outward Bound School begins the hiring process for the following season in by opening applications in October. Interviews will be scheduled with qualified applicants from November through December/January.
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
Understanding of Risk Management
Design and deliver engaging lessons
Performance of outdoor skills
Upon completion of training, the Staffing Manager at your Base will determine your schedule for the season. New staff typically receive 35 - 50 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 as an untaxed benefit.
Pathways to Employment
Successful staff come from diverse backgrounds and positions including classroom teachers, guides, camp 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 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?
Check back here for openings!
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