The Assistant Instructor is an entry level position. Assistant Instructors will receive training in the Spring including wilderness travel training with other staff, technical trainings including rock climbing and ropes course, and training on VOBS curriculum and education philosophy. The training is intended to provide familiarity with VOBS policies, procedures, educational approach, as well as knowledge of the local course area (the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness). On-the-job training continues when the Assistant Instructor begins working in the field with student populations under the supervision of a Course Director and a Lead Instructor. The instructional team of Lead and Assistant Instructor are responsible for using a wilderness expedition as the means for delivering educationally-effective and safe Outward Bound courses to a wide-range of populations. During the summer season, the majority of work will be with youth and young adults, including but not limited to, the teenage at-risk youth population.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Trainee: participate in all required staff training including wilderness travel training, technical training(s), All Staff Orientation, wilderness water safety, and pre-course trainings (if applicable).
Under supervision of the Course Director and Lead Instructor, collaborate to design and implement experiential wilderness expeditions that are in line with VOBS mission and educational philosophy and are tailored to the particular student population they are working with.
Assist the Lead Instructor in maintaining physical and emotional safety of students and co-instructor during all course activities and manage field emergencies
Assist the Lead Instructor in managing student behaviors, group dynamics, and facilitating group processes.
Ensure adherence to local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures as outlined in the field staff manual.
Provide clear, effective and timely communication with co-instructor, Course Director and other staff.
Work with Lead Instructor, Course Director, and Intercept Program Manager to facilitate workshops and restorative conferences with parents of the student participants if assigned to an Intercept course, VOBS at-risk youth and young adult programming.
Work with Lead Instructor to plan expedition logistics including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, and food and equipment planning and pack-out.
Pay is per diem pay according to VOBS’ Field Instructor Payscale for all preparation, duration, and completion of coursework.
Room and board at Homeplace, VOBS wilderness basecamp on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a 1.1 million-acre wilderness.
Eligible for ProDeal (professional discounts from a variety of outdoor companies).
Accident insurance available.
Summer staff training will begin on ~ May 4, 2022
About Voyageur Outward Bound School
We challenge you to change a life.
We challenge you to change your community.
We challenge you to change the world!
The need for leaders of character and compassion is great.
For over 50 years, Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) has changed lives through challenge and discovery. We know that personal discovery leads to positive transformation. Our students grow character and compassion through nature-based adventure. Our vision is more resilient and compassionate people for a more resilient and compassionate world.
Voyageur Outward Bound School is a charter of Outward Bound USA, the leading provider of experiential education for youth and adults. We design and deliver intensive single-day and extended wilderness expedition experiences that build and develop character, leadership and service through shared experience.