Picture this: waking up before the sun, you pack up your camera, your food, and water. You begin to hike. Crisp pines tower above as you tread through the forest. Then you hear it: laughter. You pull out your camera just in time to catch the group ahead of you on trail – matching backpacks, blue helmets dangling; dirty, smiling faces. Once you catch up with them, you pull out your own helmet. You’re here to document an Outward Bound group on their bid to the summit of Broken Top. The next week, you’re out snapping shots of students splashing down a whitewater river, or trying their hand at rock climbing, or maybe just capturing their satisfied faces after a good backcountry dinner.

Field Correspondents (FCs) are creative, motivated and enthusiastic storytellers and content creators, documenting and communicating the course experience in beautiful wilderness settings. Under the direct supervision of NWOBS’s Communications Team and collaborating with the student services, marketing and development teams, the FC creates and curates photographic, video, and social media content that helps the magic of NWOBS courses come alive to everyone from prospective students to alumni/ae to donors. In a hybrid-office position based out of Mazama, WA, or Redmond, OR, FCs will make field visits to document on-course student and staff experiences through photographs, interviews, and other content. When not in the field, the FC will work out of one of the wilderness basecamps in a communal office setting. This is a full-time, seasonal position, candidates are expected to work early May through late August.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Development, Sales and Marketing


Must be 21 years of age or older.
1+ years of extensive and comparable experience.
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.

Required Skills:

Have your own 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.
Valid Driver’s License and comfort driving and navigating to remote locations.
Experience working in a team setting with one or more colleagues.

About Northwest Outward Bound School

Northwest Outward Bound School is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing lives through challenge and discovery. With 50 years of innovation in expeditionary learning, we believe that when people discover a strength of character, an aptitude for leadership and desire to serve, it has a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them. Our courses take students from all backgrounds on 5-65 day learning expeditions in the natural environments of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Application Instructions

Please visit https://www.nwobs.org/connect/employment/field-positions-and-internships/field-correspondent/field-correspondent-job-description/ to learn more and apply!