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Northwest Outward Bound School hires Assistant Instructors from a variety of different backgrounds including; teachers, environmental educators, guides, advanced recreationalists, outdoor education graduates, and previous Outdoor Educator students. We believe that hiring people with various experiences and backgrounds will enhance the depth of our trainings and strengthen the ability for staff to serve all students.
As Assistant Instructor, you create and facilitate learning experiences for students on course. Along with your co-instructor, you build rapport, coach students in interpersonal and outdoor skills, manage risk appropriately for all students, facilitate social-emotional learning, create common goals to bring the team together, and more. The work is challenging yet rewarding and demands humility, creativity, flexibility, good humor, determination, and compassion.
A Day In The Life for Basecamp Assistant Instructors
On course, as you wake up at 4 am for an alpine start, you grab your head lamp and begin packing your bag. No distractions, no screens, just you, your co-instructor, and your students. Five miles into your peak attempt, one of your students breaks down and says they cannot go any further. How do you respond to this situation? The job can be challenging, hard, and exhausting, but the journey can also be inspirationally rewarding. Can you stand by the side of your students during these challenges and guide them to see their best self? In the nearing days of course end, your students go on “finals” where you and your co-instructor step back and hand over the reins. The hard work in the days leading up to this has given students the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, structure to support team work, facilitation to cultivate a sense of belonging, engagement through accountability, and mastery of outdoor skills. You have cultivated a confident team ready to take on the next obstacle and complete the course. This is the essence of being an Outward Bound Assistant Instructor, facilitating new ideas, new skills, experiences, and sense of accomplishment that will impact students character and leadership for the rest of their lives.
After course, you can enjoy the community at the basecamp. Typically there is 40 – 50 staff for each basecamp including instructors, administrators, course directors, and logistics coordinators. To start off our daily routine, we conduct morning meeting at 8:30 am to allow for us to come together, share daily events, learnings, and perform cleanliness chores. While staff are off contract, staff can live in staff housing and enjoy meals provided by the cook with a one hour work trade in exchange. Staff can enjoy the amenities provided at base including; showers, wifi, and food while recouping before their next course. Amazing recreation opportunities are located near each basecamp. The Deschutes river runs through the Odin Falls Basecamp property with bouldering along its shores, while nearby, staff enjoy the close proximity to Smith Rock, Three Sisters Wilderness, and the city of Bend. Fun Rock climbing crag is 100 feet away from the Mazama Basecamp and nearby staff enjoy stellar alpine climbing at Washington Pass, adventures in the Sawtooth Wilderness, and the rural yet progressive town of Winthrop.
Trevor Mckee, a 3 time Outward Bound alumni expresses, “I keep coming back because of the people. I love building relationships with my students and watching them progress, and I love coming back to basecamp to share stories and reunite with my community.”
Pathway to Instructing
Many qualified applicants have gone through an array of experiences to increase their knowledge and skills. Pathways to instructing with NWOBS have included; internships with Outward Bound or similar organizations, previous Outdoor Educator students, working for similar organizations with shorter course length, and people that have pursued/enhanced their educational and outdoor skills through workshops/certifications.