Field Instructors oversee the safety, quality and educational effectiveness of programs during individual courses. Assistant Instructors carry out all instructor responsibilities while under the training of Instructors, Course Directors and other program staff.
The Twin Cities Base delivers both multi-day (Expedition) and day-long (Insight) experiential education programming. This position is for a multi-day, Expedition Assistant Instructor. Two expedition activities are run from the Twin Cities base: backpacking with a rock-climbing element, and canoeing. Programming focuses on self-discovery, problem-solving, team development, collaboration, and communication in small group settings. Assistant instructors maintain a schedule that allows for both instructing field work (70%) and logistical support work (30%)

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


Maintains motor vehicle record within OBUSA policies and procedures, ability to drive 15-passenger vehicle with trailer in all seasons (including towing canoe and equipment trailers), minimum age of 21
Wilderness First Responder and ability to pass wilderness water safety training
Professional experiential education experience (NOLS, Outward Bound or similar organization) with minimum of 45+ professional days in the field; some of which should be on extended overnight expeditions

Required Skills:

Demonstrated leadership experience with team-building facilitation, top-rope rock climbing, river canoeing, backpacking, high/low ropes course facilitation experience, or youth development
Ability to participate in moderate to rigorous physical activity including, but not limited to, paddling, backpacking, running, carrying canoes overland, swimming, or rock climbing

Preferred Skills:

Ability to be flexible and positive in a dynamic, team-oriented work environment
Experience coaching, mentoring, or training youth, coworkers, or peers

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.

Application Instructions

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