Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) seeks well-rounded outdoor educators to facilitate value-forming experiences by promoting teamwork and leadership in challenging outdoor/wilderness environments. Instructors manage students ages 12 to adults on courses ranging from 5 to 60 days in the following activities: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, and canoeing. 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.

We are seeking committed staff to begin training in early May and work courses through August or September. Our two basecamps are located in Redmond, OR and Mazama, WA.

Compensation: Starting daily rate $90 with the ability to advance once the requirements for the next level have been met. Room & board: housing, food, laundry, showers and internet are available for your use on base. Staff receive field food while on course, and are fed out of the common kitchen while on base. These benefits are provided to improve staff well-being and are not considered compensation or factored into the pay scale.

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


Meet NWOBS minimum technical standards, including extensive experience in at least two of the following activities: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, and/or canoeing.
One or more years of extensive and comparable outdoor/experiential experiences in risk management, technical, educational, and outdoor skills.

Required Skills:

Wilderness First Responder certification current or able to acquire prior to beginning work
21 years or older
Background clearance (MVR)
Successful completion of training (tuition-free, ~30 days in length)
*Please see additional requirements at our website (link below)

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

Apply via application button on https://www.nwobs.org/connect/employment/field-positions-and-internships/instructor/instructor-job/, and upload your resume+references and outdoor skills log to the link provided in the application. Reach out to [email protected] if you have any issues.