The COBS Instructor (I) position is an entry level instructional role based in either the Southwest Program (SWP) of Utah or the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) of Colorado. This is a seasonal position starting in the summer and typically ending in August. There is a pre-employment training before the season begins.
A new instructor works under the direct supervision of the Lead Instructor or Course Director and is responsible for supervising, teaching and facilitating students in the field throughout the duration of our primarily wilderness-based courses. Instructors also support pre and post course needs through planning, packing and structuring the course, course debrief paperwork, safety analysis and gear cleaning.

At COBS we facilitate a variety of programming that requires a range of skill sets. This allows for different pathways into our instructional roles and increases access to working for COBS. Please do not let backcountry experience or technical skills be a barrier for you to apply. We are looking for skilled educators & facilitators, individuals who are passionate about working with youth, and love being outside.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


• Please see https://www.cobs.org/connect/employment/assistant-instructors/ for more information on what instructors need.
• Medical Certification: Wilderness First Aid & CPR at minimum, but higher level of certification (Wilderness First Responder WFR) needed for backcountry courses
• Mental Health First Aid Certification: Available trainings can be found at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/youth/
• Demonstrates group presentation skills

Required Skills:

• Must be able to participate in all site and course activities and maintain ample energy, strength and focus to aid students and instructors, with our without reasonable accommodations.
• On feet most days – sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency
• Constantly works in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather
• Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height

About Colorado Outward Bound School

Working for COBS is so much more than just a job. We are in the business of changing lives – those of our students and of our staff. Whether joining for a few seasons or continuing on as a “lifer”, your experiences with COBS will impact the rest of your life – both professionally and personally. We are always on the lookout for mission-driven professionals who are excited to bring their unique experiences and skills to our team. In exchange, we provide the incredible growth opportunity that comes with living and working in a community of amazing people unafraid to shine, as well as offer elite training and professional development.

Application Instructions

Please visit our website to complete the online application process: https://www.cobs.org/connect/employment/

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