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.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


-One or more years of extensive and comparable experience in risk management, experiential education, and/or outdoor skills.
-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 training.
-Demonstrated commitment to engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts (in a professional or personal setting).

Required Skills:

-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.
-Ability to facilitate activities, lessons, and discussions, including presenting engaging lessons that meet learners' needs and reflect their experience beyond their course.
-Able to work effectively with students 12 - 18+ years in age, students who have never camped, and students from marginalized communities.

Preferred Skills:

-Strong personal motivation, initiative, commitment, follow through, and passion for NWOBS mission.
-Experience working with students from a broad range of identities and facilitating positive group environments.
-Ability to have open, honest, and difficult conversations, including the ability to give and receive feedback.

About Northwest Outward Bound School

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.

Application Instructions

Please visit: https://www.nwobs.org/connect/employment/field-positions-and-internships/instructor/instructor-job/ Application requires a resume and technical skills log (example available on our website. Positions are open until filled.