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The Field Correspondent will develop powerful stories in collaboration with the Communications Team. Success for this position will be defined by fully curated social media content in line with NWOBS marketing standards and aligned with EID goals. This position supports families by ensuring camera’s are checked out for each course and uploading photos for families to access, supports hiring and admissions by getting excellent photos and videos for our website and social posts and supports NWOBS Development in your role as a storyteller by curating materials and coordinating with contracted positions for fundraising events and campaigns.
A few days of training will take place before the job starts in the Spring and will most likely include meetings and onboarding with the NWOBS communications team, as well as field-specific training sessions related to Student Management, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity; logistics; and driving.
Northwest Outward Bound School is committed to a culture of safety to reduce the risk of physical and emotional injury for our students and staff. Please review our COVID-19 Program Practices and FAQ for more information.
Who We Are
With over 50 years of innovation in experiential and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) continues to change lives through challenge and discovery. Our transformative and educational wilderness courses are set in some of the most dramatic and stunning parts of the United States. NWOBS was founded in 1965 and facilitates wilderness-based programs in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and also serves urban youth and schools in the Portland metropolitan area. As an Outward Bound School, we are committed to the core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, equity, inclusion and diversity, and strive to achieve the following outcomes: building character, developing leadership skills, and creating an ethic of social and environmental responsibility.
Who You Are
Must be 21 years of age or older.
1+ years of extensive and comparable experience in photography, social media, journalism or other relevant fields.
Awareness of personal biases and the impact that your behavior may have on those around you, and the willingness to uncover and grapple with personal biases.
An interest or background in storytelling, journalism and/or brand marketing.
Experience with photography and videography, including video/photo editing, and social media software, and social media best practices.
Have your own DSLR camera set ups and computer capable of editing and uploading photos. (NWOBS will provide equipment insurance.)
Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all duties as assigned and maintain ample energy and focus to aid students and staff. Includes the ability to work 60% at a desk and 40% in the field. Field work could involve and is not limited to: hiking in uneven terrain for periods of time, dealing with inclement weather, navigating gravel backroads, coordinating with groups on the river, and camping overnight.
Valid Driver’s License and comfort driving and navigating to remote locations.
Experience working in a team setting with one or more colleagues.
Ability to have open, honest, and difficult conversations, including the ability to give and receive feedback.
A demonstrated commitment to engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts (either within a professional or personal setting).
Strong decision-making skills, personal motivation, initiative, commitment, follow through, and passion for NWOBS mission.
Field Presence: Attend course functions (e.g., switch over, course start) and course visits (in conjunction with Course Director). Capture the organic student experience in line with the mission of NWOBS and marketing endeavors while not negatively impacting the student experience. Capture staff training sessions to be used for recruitment purposes. FCs will be expected to self-transport to these locations, either using an Outward Bound vehicle, or reimbursed for gas.
Marketing: Responsible for coordinating with NWOBS Communications Team to assist with assigned marketing objectives, including social media management, as well as photography and video projects. Will assist with national Outward Bound marketing campaigns and NWOBS development objectives, as assigned. Ensures that language in posted content reflects our values of inclusion and diversity.
Collaboration: Collaborate with many departments including Student Services, Marketing, Development, Logistics, and Program Administration. Act as a liaison between field staff, students, and administration.
System Creation: Create systems to attain and organize photographs from field staff. NWOBS will provide a laptop and other office supplies as needed.
Interpersonal Knowledge and Skill: Able to work with staff that have different styles and experiences. Able to take initiative and carry out tasks individually and work cooperatively as a team. Provide clear, effective, and timely communication to Students, Instructors, Course Directors, Logistics Coordinators, and Administration.
Safety: Ability to appropriately manage their own physical and emotional safety on course. Understand their roles and abide by NWOBS policies and procedures. Interact with students in an emotionally appropriate and professional manner. Able to role model and promote a culture of safety during work and while staying on basecamp.
Outdoor Knowledge and Skill: Able to skillfully manage oneself in the outdoor environment including; self care, camp craft, water purification, navigation, packing a pack, and hiking/paddling/rowing skills.
This position reports to the Student Services Director/EID Specialist
Compensation and Benefits
Starting daily rate of $85-105/day. While this may occasionally be an 8-hour work day, most of the work will be flex time, not to exceed 40 hours per week. Prep work is paid. Candidates are expected to work the full summer season from early May through the end of September.
Staff development through NWOBS trainings, staff expeditions, access to gear, and mentorship.
Outdoor professional equipment discounts.
Room & board: housing, food, laundry, showers and internet are available for your use on base. Staff receive field food while on course, and are fed out of the common kitchen while on base. These benefits are provided to improve staff well-being and are not considered compensation or factored into the pay scale.
Expected schedule and project flow:
May 1-31: 40 hours per week. Attend some training sessions as a participant and capture staff at training sessions for recruitment purposes. Begin attending weekly Communications Team meetings.
June 1-30: 40 hours per week. Visit courses, complete student interviews, write blogs, create social media content, facilitate course photo uploading, coordinate with contracted videographers as needed.
July 1-31: 40 hours per week. Visit courses, complete student interviews, write blogs, create social media content, facilitate course photo uploading, coordinate with contracted videographers as needed.
September 1-30: 20 hours per week. Event prep finalization, capture content for fall contract courses, finalize course photo uploading. There may be an option for September work to be remote.