The COBS Field and Support Internship is an entry point into COBS and provides an opportunity to learn skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for the outdoor recreation and education industry. Interns will be based at the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) in Leadville, Colorado, starting around mid-May and ending in late August, exact dates may vary each year with flexibility to meet individual needs.

The Field and Support Internship has two primary outcomes: learning how to instruct and manage students in the field and learning how to logistically support courses in the field, with a focus on the hands-on application of these skillsets. Through the internship, an individual will gain an initial appreciation and knowledge for outdoor education, program management, and operations. Interns will be offered additional professional development days with Program Managers who are dedicated to their development. Upon completion of the internship, participants will have a clear understanding of job opportunities and requirements at COBS, as well as process timelines and next steps to apply for an instructional or logistics role with the organization in the future.

The internship starts with a 12-day basecamp and wilderness-based training and offers approximately three weeks of field time in an observational and mentorship capacity, working directly with students and our instructors in the mountains of Colorado. The remainder of the time will be spent supporting the program’s logistical needs: packing food, driving students, organizing gear, and supporting courses in a mentorship capacity working under the guidance of a Logistics Coordinator.

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


• Personal commitment to, and working knowledge of, the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Knowledge and experience with outdoor recreation and adventure education programs preferred.
• Ability to effectively work on diverse teams and with a diverse range of people and identities, including those that might be different than your own lived experience.
• Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
• Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Required Skills:

• Please see https://www.cobs.org/connect/employment/interns/ for more information on the Field & Support Internship
• Medical Certification: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) & CPR preferred
• Must have held a driver’s license for over 5 years with a clean driving record.

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

• Click "Apply for this Position" or apply through our website www.cobs.or/connect/employment • Upload your resume and answer the application instructions • Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate • Applications accepted on a rolling basis

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