The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) empowers individuals to effect positive change in their communities. POBS Instructors and Facilitators design and lead customized programs that help youth and adults to realize their true potential through challenge and discovery. All POBS programs, whether in the front country or back country, whether one day or two weeks long, are designed to encourage compassion, leadership, grit, teamwork, and, above all, compassion.

Expedition Instructors co-lead backpacking, rock-climbing, and/or canoeing wilderness expeditions. Facilitators lead daylong teambuilding programs at our local challenge courses. Staff can specialize in either Instructing or Facilitating or they can do it all!

Experiential educators who have extensive trip-leading or facilitation experience (whether at another Outward Bound school or a similar organization) are encouraged to apply.

Compensation & Benefits

-Exposure to Outward Bound curriculum and training
-Exposure to Outward Bound technical training
-Per diem pay commensurate with relevant experience/field credits. Base rate begins at $80/day (or higher, depending on previous experience). Pay increases with days worked!
-10-20 formal opportunities per contract year that promote technical and non-technical skill mastery

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


-Must be 21 years or older
-Must procure and pass required background checks
-On feet most days, sometimes for long hours
-Able to carry, lift, and move a minimum of 50 pounds
-Instructor candidates must possess WFR certification. Facilitator candidates must posses WFA certification
-Instructor: Minimum two years of experience leading backpacking, rock-climbing, and/or canoeing trips
-Facilitator: Minimum two years of leading teambuilding activities and challenge course elements

Required Skills:

-Create an emotionally safe environment by teaching and role modeling respect and compassion towards others
-Effectively design programs that are informed by experiential education theory
-Promote transference of Outward Bound’s outcomes and values
-Accurately assess physical and emotional risks in the context of student population, activity, travel and local conditions
-Create student-centered programs; adapt to the needs of different learning styles and student populations

About Philadelphia Outward Bound School

Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), serves more than 8,000 students, teachers, partners, and adults each year and is fully accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. POBS provides an impressive array of courses and programs for youth and adults in Philadelphia and across the region in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. For over 25 years, POBS has provided access to Outward Bound’s time tested educational experiences for Philadelphia’s future leaders and we look forward to expanding our reach to more students from schools and communities across our northern Mid-Atlantic region.

Application Instructions

We accept Instructor/Facilitator applications throughout the year! Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] or apply through our website (below).