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 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. Assistant instructors maintain a schedule that allows for both instructing field work (70%) and logistical support work (30%).

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding


 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
 Experience coaching, mentoring, or training youth, coworkers, or peers
 Valid Lifeguard, Wilderness Water Safety, or Swiftwater Rescue certification (equivalent training offered at discounted rate)
 Required Certifications: Wilderness First Responder

Required Skills:

● Ability to participate in moderate to rigorous physical activity including, but not limited to, paddling, backpacking, running, carrying canoes overland, swimming, or rock climbing. High-output activity levels and outdoor exposure is varying weather conditions required, especially during emergency situations
● Ability to work a varied and flexible schedule including many weekends
● Ability to pass background & motor vehicle record check

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

Please head to our employment website (listed below) to learn more about opportunities and submit your application. If you run into any problems or need any accommodations to get your application submitted, please contact us at [email protected] We are looking forward to meeting you!