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Instructor Job Description & Application
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 season.
About this Position
Instructors work directly with their co-Instructors and Course Directors to manage risk appropriately on course while engaging students with the mission of Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS). Instructors facilitate character development, leadership skills, an ethic of service, and principles of equity and inclusion. They intentionally design courses to empower students and grow interpersonal and outdoor skills, with a heavy focus on creating group culture that supports communication and understanding. Every instructor team is staffed with at least one experienced Lead Instructor that mentors for Assistant Instructors. Most new hires start out as Assistant Instructors and progress to Lead Instructor positions over time.
We are seeking committed staff to attend training in May and work courses from June through August or September 2021.
Due to the complexity of international travel and securing work visas during the coronavirus pandemic, NWOBS is unable to hire new staff from outside the United States at this time. We hope to resume doing so for our 2022 season.
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 Are You
Must be 21 years of age or older.
Must be available from the beginning of May until the end of August 2021. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Proficient in at least two of the following outdoor skills: backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, canoeing.
Possess a current Wilderness First Responder Certification or willing to obtain one before date of training.
Demonstrated commitment to engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts (in a professional or personal setting).
One or more years of extensive and comparable experience in risk management, experiential education, and/or outdoor skills.
Experience working with students from a broad range of identities and facilitating positive group environments.
Awareness of personal biases and the impact that your behavior may have on those around you, or the willingness to uncover and grapple with personal biases.
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.
Ability to facilitate activities, lessons, and discussions, including presenting engaging lessons that meet learners' needs and reflect their experience beyond their course.
Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all duties as assigned and maintain ample energy and focus to aid students and staff.
Excellent decision making skills.
Strong personal motivation, initiative, commitment, follow through, and passion for NWOBS mission.
Training: Attend, fully participate in, and complete training in May that includes 15+ days of tuition-free educational, interpersonal, student management, and technical outdoor skills.
Outdoor Knowledge and Skill: Ability to skillfully manage students and risk in two or more course activities including: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, white water rafting, sea kayaking, and canoeing. Please view the Minimum Skill Standards for this position.
Safety: Ability to appropriately manage physical and emotional safety on course, able to manage student groups in hazardous environments (i.e. rough water or uneven terrain), and manage emergencies. Able to model and promote a culture of safety in the wilderness and in basecamp.
Course Delivery: Participate in course planning, including development of educational and outdoor skill curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization and packing. Ability to effectively assess student needs and facilitate lessons, activities and discussions to meet student needs and course outcomes.
Educational Knowledge and Skill: Able to proficiently plan and deliver engaging experiential based lessons to achieve desired outcomes. Assist with delivery of NWOBS mission and facilitation of character development, leadership, and an ethic of service to others and the environment.
Interpersonal Knowledge and Skill: Able to work effectively with students 12 - 18+ years in age, students who have never camped before, and students from marginalized communities. 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.
Compensation and Benefits
Starting daily rate $80 and ability to advance in pay scale after 50 days of work.
Staff development through training (in-house and external), staff expeditions, and mentorship.
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.
Professional equipment (Pro deal) discounts.
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