Instructors intentionally design inclusive and culturally relevant courses, build rapport with students, facilitate difficult conversations, and empower students in interpersonal and outdoor skills. They craft an appropriate progression of the levels of responsibility to meet our outcomes of character development, leadership skills, and an ethic of engagement and reciprocity towards others and the environment.

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


Must be 21 years of age or older.
Experience working with students from a broad range of identities, particularly students with marginalized identities, and the ability to facilitate a positive group environment on course, on base, and in any other NWOBS context.
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people, to create an environment of inclusion and cooperation on course and at Base camp.

Required Skills:

Possess current Wilderness First Responder and CPR Certifications or willing to obtain one prior to the start of training.
Proficient in at least one, with a preference for two of the following outdoor skills: backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and canoeing. View guide for Minimum Skills Standards for NWOBS.
Minimum 1 year of extensive and comparable experience in risk management, experiential learning, and/or outdoor education.

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

See full job description, and apply here: https://www.nwobs.org/connect/employment/field-positions-and-internships/instructor/

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