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Northwest Outward Bound School looks to hire instructors that have at least one year of extensive and comparable experience in outdoor and/or experiential education. Instructors work in teams of 2-3 to facilitate safe, life-changing experiences for our students. Every instructor team is staffed with at least one experienced Lead Instructor that provides mentorship for Assistant Instructors. Most new hires start out as Assistant Instructors and progress to Lead Instructor positions over time. Every Instructor brings their authentic and unique self to their role. The work is challenging yet rewarding and demands humility, creativity, flexibility, good humor, determination, and compassion.
Life as an NWOBS Instructor
Instructors intentionally design courses to meet the needs of their students. It takes skill and grace to empower students, set up accountability structure, facilitate difficult conversations, guide self-discovery, and achieve NWOBS outcomes of character development, leadership skills, and service.
After course, you can enjoy the community at the basecamp. Typically there are 30 – 40 staff at each basecamp including instructors, administrators, course directors, and logistics coordinators. We start each day at 8:30am with a meeting to share updates before completing morning chores.
While staff are off contract, they can enjoy the amenities provided at base - showers, WiFi, housing and food - while recuperating or adventuring before their next course.
Amazing recreation opportunities are located near each basecamp. The Deschutes River runs through the Odin Falls Basecamp property and staff enjoy 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 there is stellar alpine climbing at Washington Pass, adventures in the Sawtooth Wilderness, and the rural yet progressive town of Winthrop nearby.
Luke O’Neill, staff member with 31 years of experience declares, “I feel blessed to be working alongside deeply committed and superbly talented educators who 1) act daily to create a healthy and uplifting community, 2) give the best of themselves to the student they serve, and 3) strive with all of their might to live the values that stand at the heart of Outward Bound’s mission.”